September Splendor in the Rockies

Aspens turn with snow on the mountains behind near Crested Butte
Maidens dressed for the annual Vinotok Festival
CB Film Festival
Aspens in full color near the Dyke Trail in Crested Butte

September Splendor in the Rockies

01 September 2014 to 30 September 2014
Gunnison, Valleywide, CO, 81230

Colorado’s largest aspen grove turning brilliant shades of color, Indian summer temperatures and a wide range of events and outdoor recreation combine to make “September Splendor in the Rockies.” Great deals offered on lodging.

Toast the End of Summer at the Vinotok Fall Harvest Festival

Vinotok Sept. 14-20, 2014 - Throughout the week learn the lore of the festival, join the Community Feast on Friday or see the Street Theatre Production and Burning of the Grump on Saturday, September 20.

Tis the Season for the Chili and Beer Festival

Get into the spirit of autumn with the 16th annual Mt. Crested Butte Chili & Beer Festival, Saturday, Sept. 20 at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Sample chili prepared by cook-off contestants, cool off with beers poured by more than 25 microbreweries and savor live music. Tickets are $30 at the door.  Doors open at 11:30 a.m., beer starts being poured at noon.

Hike, Bike, Film in Crested Butte

The Crested Butte Film Festival Sept. 25-28th features 90+ films and the best of international cinema coupled with filmmaker talks, visiting actors, parties where you can mingle with fellow guests and filmmakers.  Films include narratives, documentaries, outdoor adventure and short films, plus a free children’s program.

Road Trip!

Ohio Creek Rd to Kebler Pass

From Gunnison take Hwy 135 north, turn left on Ohio Creek Rd. About 12 miles up the Ohio Creek Valley you’ll see the spires of “the Castles,” erosion remnants carved out of volcanic debris.  Near the end of Ohio Creek Rd is the intersection with Kebler Pass Rd (County Rd 12). Head west towards Hwy 133, where southbound goes toward Paonia or northbound to Paonia Dam and Redstone over breathtaking McClure Pass, a popular route to Aspen.  Heading east on Kebler Pass Rd, you’ll arrive in Crested Butte.

Kebler Pass to Marble & Crystal River Valley

From Crested Butte go north on Whiterock Ave (County Rd 12) a well-maintained, hard-surface dirt road.  A stop across from Horse Ranch Park provides a scenic view of the Anthracite Mountain Range. Look for the largest aspen grove in the United States.  At the intersection of Hwy 133, go right and travel along the Paonia Reservoir over McClure Pass.  After the right turn onto Hwy 133 and another turn on County Rd 3, it is approximately 27 miles to Marble, a historic mining town.

West Elk Loop Scenic & Historic Byway

Get your camera ready for a 204-mile scenic byway experience. From Gunnison, go north on Hwy 135 to Crested Butte to Kebler Pass Rd (County Rd 12). Pick up Hwy 133 near Paonia Dam. Go east on Hwy 92 toward Blue Mesa Lake and the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park as you return to Gunnison.

Almont to Various Scenic Routes

In Almont, the Taylor and East Rivers meet to form the Gunnison River.  Take Taylor Canyon Rd east to Taylor Park Dam and Reservoir, then choose: 1.) East on Cottonwood Pass to Buena Vista; 2.) North and loop back to Almont on Spring Creek Rd; or 3.) Southeast through one of the richest gold strike areas of Tin Cup, over Cumberland Pass, and through Pitkin, Ohio City and Parlin before reaching Gunnison.

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