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West Elk Loop Scenic Byway

Carbondale, CO
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We did this whole Loop in one day and it was not a tough day/too long drive. We were renting in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sharon K
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nice drive

This route has a bunch of notable vistas. The road is good (except for that perennially eroding... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Scenic drive that winds through the Crystal River Valley, over McClure Pass to Crawford, Crested Butte, Kebler Pass and back to Carbondale.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this whole Loop in one day and it was not a tough day/too long drive. We were renting in Sapinero CO and started/returned there. The whole route is breathtaking. Dramatic snow capped mountains, beautiful valleys stretching for miles, pristine lakes - I highly...More

Thank Sharon K
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This route has a bunch of notable vistas. The road is good (except for that perennially eroding spot on McClure Pass and the rock damage near the reservoir), without much traffic and with lots of curves and turns that can be a lot of fun...More

1  Thank TnBsMom
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This ride I should not be missed on a motorcycle or during fall. When the Aspen trees are turning yellow it's spectacular.

Thank Folk45
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Take your time and enjoy this experience. From Hotchkiss along the rim of the Black canyon of the Gunnison. The mountains and the canyon are a wonder to behold. Stop and get out of the car to experience the Grandeur of the Black Canyon, one...More

Thank hospitalitypro47
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

On my way from Deadwood, SD to Anaheim, CA I decide to get off the main highway and take a detour in order to see the 133 or what I'm pretty sure is the McClure Pass. I'm glad I did (but I had the extra...More

Thank C. K
Reviewed 16 October 2016

You can take a short 1 hour drive to marble or get a map and go on a coup!e of day journey. You will not be disappointed. The 1 hour j would suggest drive from Carbondale to Marble. Go up to thgthge Marble quarry. Then...More

Thank 1129pm
Reviewed 12 September 2016

West Elk Loop is a must! Take a full day, follow the whole loop, stop off in Crested Butte and return to Carbondale via Kebler Pass and McClure pass. Kebler Pass in the fall, when the aspens are all turning gold, is breath-taking!

Thank SueC0
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Such a beautiful drive. Well worth taking the scenic route. Tons of history from Redstone, Marble, etc.

Thank rigs2016
Reviewed 17 May 2016

This drive goes from Carbondale to Crested Butte via the Kebler Pass (which is unpaved and closed in the winter). Very scenic drive through the mountains and part of CO coal country. The Pass has the largest Aspen forest in the world and ends up...More

Thank Dave N
Reviewed 11 May 2016

The mountains and lower lands are greening up, but there's still a good bit of snow at the higher altitudes. Lots of photo op stops along the way regardless. We had sunshine and blue skies, rain, sleet and snow during our drive - the worst...More

Thank lhagen1027
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