For a magnificent drive including Carbondale, Redstone, Black Mesa, Blue Mesa, Crested Butte, and the communities of the North Fork Valley the West Elk Loop pulls the visitor into the heart of the Western Slope.
Length: 205 miles.
Driving Time: 6-8 hours.
Major Features: Black Canyon National Park, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Crawford State Park, Paonia State Park
Towns: Carbondale, Redstone, Marble, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Crested Butte, Gunnison
Mountain Peaks of the West Elk’s including Mt Sopris and Mt Crested Butte, with the dramatic vistas of the Black Canyon and San Juan Mountains will draw the visitor to the rugged landscape of the Western Slope. The cattle country of Gunnison, and old Mining towns of Crested Butte, Redstone, and Marble demonstrate the rich history of the region. Linger in the North Fork of Delta County, the largest concentration of organic agriculture in the United States.