Marble Colorado: Home of Crystal Mill

This area of Colorado is chock full of wonderful places to visit. But it wasn’t until recently that I realized what was hidden nearby. The tiny town of Marble Colorado, off of Highway 133 in Gunnison County is home to one of the most photographed sights in Colorado, Crystal Mill. It also is home to the Yule Marble Quarry which produces some of the highest quality marble in the world. The Lincoln Memorial was created from marble from the Yule Marble Quarry.

When you’re in search of a destination that provides you not only with peace and quiet look no further than the Colorado town of Marble. It’s a small beautiful town that’s nestled within the mountain range, providing you with epic scenery and plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path. Find out more on why Marble, Colorado is a unique place to visit.

The iconic Crystal Mill set in Marble Colorado.

Marble may not top your list of Colorado vacation destinations, but there is one place in town that tops every photographers list. Crystal is one of Colorado’s many ghost towns. It is set on Crystal River and home to the old Marble Mill site. It may be one of the most iconic sites in Colorado to photograph. But be forewarned it isn’t the easiest to get to.

Summer Activities

There’s so much to do in the Marble area as far as fun activities are concerned, and there is something for everyone. Here are a few of the summer activities that you can expect to find in the area.

  • Hiking
  • Orchards
  • Camping
  • Wineries
  • Hunting
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Canoeing
  • Disc golf
  • Fly-fishing
  • 4-wheeling
  • Waterfalls

Winter Activities

When the snow is glistening in Marble, Colorado, it’s not only a beautiful sight to see. But it’s also a time to hit the slopes with a number of the thrilling winter sports that you can do close by. The ski resorts of Aspen, Snowmass, Sunlight, and Buttermilk, are all within an hour’s drive of Marble. These are a few of the fun snow activities that you can do there and also in the surrounding area.

  • Backcountry skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross Country skiing
  • Hot springs
  • Ice climbing
  • Ice skating

Marble Quarry

If you’re interested to find out more about how the town got its name. You’ll want to visit the Yule Marble Quarry that was founded back in the late 1800s.

The marble that was discovered there was of such great quality, that it rivaled the classical Greek and Italian marble that was used in their ancient architecture.

The marble there is almost pure calcite. This historical site today is still used for transporting their impressive stone all throughout the world.

Crystal Ghost Town

About 5 ½ miles outside of town, there are still a few buildings that remain of the Crystal Ghost Town. Yet in order to reach it, you’ll need a high-clearance 4X4 vehicle to handle the route. Or you can hike, bike or ebike in. Local outfitters also offer Jeep tours to Crystal Mill.

If you desire to keep going on from there, the dangerous route takes you on to Schofield Pass, or the back route that leads you to Crested Butte, as well as the ghost town of Gothic.

Hiking Trails in Marble

If you’re hoping to see more of the beauty that surrounds the town, I’d suggest that you head out on some of the great hiking trails when you visit. You can also see the beautiful Hayes Creek Falls, found right off the highway without much of a hike.

Searching for more of a challenge? Then Hike to Geneva Lake, the Lead King Basin Trail, and the Lizard Lake to Crystal Mill will be right up your alley.

Keep in mind that some of these are a bit of a climb in elevation, and one of them even requires a 4WD vehicle to get you to the starting point. But the views that you will come across at each one are absolutely incredible.

Photo courtesy Redstone Castle.

Where to Stay in Marble Colorado

Marble is a tiny town with beautiful scenery. There are camping options in the area. And, Crystal Mountain Ranch rents cabins. These historic cabins from the 1880s offer wood burning stoves in a spectacular remote location.

One of Colorado’s unique castes is also located nearby in quiet Redstone. If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night in a historic castle, this is a perfect opportunity!

The Colorado town of Marble is a gorgeous and relaxing place to visit, but even if you consider yourself a thrill-seeking enthusiast, there’s a lot you will enjoy too. If you’ve already visited, or know the Marble area, what are some other places and things to do there that people would like to know?

Marble Colorado: Home of Crystal Mill

Liana Moore

Liana Moore is a third-culture kid with a hangover from those days that is a severe case of wanderlust. She is more comfortable driving the cliffs of Amalfi, Italy or the dirt roads of Costa Rica or attempting to decipher the street signs of Osaka, Japan than navigating the theme parks of Disney World. But she loves it all. She doesn't believe a vacation is complete without an adventure. Her husband and kids know well that "adventure" often is code for mishap or challenge and it usually results in a good story. They seek outdoor experiences whether in the mountains, on a beach or in the jungle of a tropical country. Her favorite vacation is... all the ones she hasn't yet taken, as well as those she plans on taking again. And, that list is so, so long. But she continues to extensively explore her home state of Colorado, spends lots of time wandering Texas, California, New Mexico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Norway and has even explored Kazakhstan.

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