Less frequented than its neighboring mountain towns (i.e. Aspen or Snow Mass) – when you’re in Marble, Colorado you feel like you are a million miles from the rest of the world. The ultimate freedom.
Maybe it’s the lack of cell phone service, maybe it’s the personalities of the locals, but be ready to unplug, breathe deep, and let it all go.
As of the 2010 census, Marble had a population of 131. It is a quintessential small mountain town.
Marble was named for its quarry, and hosts an annual Marble Sculpting Symposium each summer. Expect to see blocks of glowing white marble scattered around the town and statuary at every turn.
Getting to Marble, Colorado
Marble is tucked away in Gunnison County. A 3 hour 45 min drive from Denver along I70, or almost 5 hours if you take the 285 route. Or you can fly into the Aspen airport to cut it down to a 50-minute drive.
Where to Stay
There are a handful of inns and cabins to rent in Marble, Colorado and the surrounding area. You can also find prime campsites along Crystal River, or rent a gypsy wagon at Avalanche Ranch.
The Historic Redstone Inn
The Historic Redstone Inn is 20min from Marble and has all the charm that one would want in a mountain getaway. Step through the doors and back in time (pictured below). It’s worth poking around the town of Redstone as well to check out all of the local art.
Camping or Cabins
There are campsites in and around Marble. Make a reservation as these fill up on summer weekends. There is also a KOA just outside of Carbondale (30min from Marble) where we stayed for a night (pictured below). We were impressed by the KOA’s location along the Crystal River beneath Mount Sopris. It also had plenty of amenities: hot showers, grassy dog run, pool, playground, and cabins if you prefer not to camp or RV.
Cabins or Gypsy Wagons
Or you can rent a cabin, tiny house, or gypsy wagon at Avalanche Ranch (24min from Marble). If so, you’ll be a few steps from the hot springs (described below) and can bask in the beauty of this verdant place overnight.
Things to Do in Marble, Colorado
The wilderness surrounding Marble makes it an ideal spot for all things outdoors – hiking, skiing, mountain biking, fishing, and more. Here are my top three favorite things to do in Marble. The best part is, if you schedule it right, you can do them all in one day!
Hike Crystal Mill
Crystal Mill is an 8.2 mile out and back hike. There are a few intense uphill sections (one right at the beginning), but it is otherwise pleasant and accurately rated as moderate. There are a number of 4×4 vehicles that also drive the road, so keep your dog on leash.
You can follow your nose through Marble on the main streets, take a right at Slow Groovin BBQ, continue past Beaver Lake, and find a place to park. Then start hiking uphill. If there is no available parking, you can park at Beaver Lake as well for an extra mile or so.
You can hike past the Crystal Mill a short ways to Crystal, a ghost town that is inhabited during the summer months. Stop by the bookshop for a novel.
Soak in Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs
Make a reservation if you plan to come on a weekend to ensure you get a spot. The hot springs include indoor and outdoor pools at varying temperatures – plus an ice cold bath (literally an outdoor clawfoot tub), where you can cool off between soak seshes. Plan extra time to explore the magical grounds and cute gift shop.
Eat Some Slow Groovin BBQ
We could only get a reservation at Avalanche Ranch for Saturday morning, so we had a nice morning soak and then hiked to Crystal Mill and Crystal, the ghost town just beyond. Of course it started to rain and thunder on the way back, and we had visions of becoming a cougar’s dinner, so we could not have been more excited to sink our teeth into some brisket, greens, ribs, and cornbread at Slow Groovin BBQ. We sat at the bar and met some town locals, and even had leftovers to share with the pup.
All in all, an epic weekend getaway in Marble, Colorado.
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