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Fred by Welcome SignThe towns of Redstone and Marble are about an hours drive downvalley (west) from Snowmass/Aspen. It's a pretty drive on Hiway 133 along the Crystal River. Redstone was founded in 1892 as a coal mining town. Historic Coke OvensThe historic brick coke ovens are still visible along the highway leading to Redstone. The town itself is a National Historic Landmark with 92 permanent resident families. It is home to wonderful artists and craftsmen and has several interesting stores and galleries along main street. Marble Sculpture



Just down the road from Redstone is the town of Marble, named for its famous marble quarry.Marble slabs on hillside Marble from this quarry was used for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Tours of the quarry are only offered once/year but you can hike up to the mouth of the quarry along a trail. We hiked part way to the base where slabs of marble lie all over the hillside.






Elk LoopJust beyond Marble, Hiway 133 goes over McClure Pass towards Montrose and Delta. The Elk Loop is a 200 mile scenic drive off that goes to Crested Butte along a partly dirt county road. Then down through Gunnison and along portions of the Black Canyon. It is a spectacular drive in the fall when the Aspen leaves have turned to gold.





On the way back to Snowmass on Hiway 133 in Carbondale is a beautiful golf course - River Valley Ranch. It is open to the public and has great views of Mt. Sopris.River Valley Ranch

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