Above The New Aspen Marble Detour Route: Coming July 2019

Hello and welcome to a first glimpse of the new Aspen Marble Detour route

Set to launch in July of 2019 this new innovative small group tour service will provide a much needed

summertime transportation option for visitors to the Crystal River Valley 

ASPEN TO MARBLE RETURN

Anything BUT Direct

Just $99 per person

Ticket Includes One Aspen Pick Up and Multiple Rides up and down the Crystal River Valley

Valid for 7 days !!!

With pick ups and drop offs at points along the way, visitors to the upper Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen and Snowmass, will have the option of a single day tour – in which they see and experience the lot in one fell swoop. Or a choice to extend their visit over several days, staying a night or two here and there and then moving on to the next attraction. Either way by the end of their Detour, the Detourists will feel as though they know the valley from one end to the other, perhaps even vowing to return one fine day. And with up to three hours at lunchtime to partake of Marble’s many varied activities, or just go for a long leisurely walk in the woods, one way or another, with the flexibility built into the core of the Aspen Marble Detour, everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy whatever appeals the most.

In fact, the ease and simplicity with which it will soon be possible to stay and play in any part of the Crystal River Valley will provide a whole slew of options to the canny visitor and ‘staycationer’ alike. Great food abounds up and down the The Crystal River Valley, along with experienced guide services, equipment rental, and outdoor activities such as Frisbee golf. Plus of course simply hiking the miles and miles of spectacular trails that are free, and open to all.

We will also explore the unique and curious history of the currently revived Colorado Yule Marble quarry. It is no exaggeration that the namesake town of Marble, Colorado, simply abounds in the white semi-precious stone, and much of this history will be revealed and explained during the tour.

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The first three maps below are arranged to introduce the terrain of the Detour route; the various pick up and drop off locations in regard to one another; and to illustrate the distinct triangular – or V shaped – route of the Aspen Marble Detour. After which we will fly the length of the Detour at low level in order to get a good look at both the landscape, and the various communities that we will encounter along the way.

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Tour Your Way Around The Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys in Fine Style

with the new Aspen Marble Detour, coming July 2019 

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Just 23 miles, as the eagle flies, separate Aspen from Marble, Colorado, but over fifty miles of road must be traveled to reach it by vehicle.  But now at last, a car is not actually needed in order to explore and enjoy the magnificent Crystal River Valley; and explore it to the full you will, should you take up the offer to climb aboard the new Aspen Marble Detour.

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It’s 9:00 AM, and the swift hotel pick ups across the compact downtown Aspen hotel district allows for a prompt and speedy exit to the point that, in mere minutes, we are out of town and on our way.

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Ahh, Wholefoods. It is now 10 AM, and right when you need it, here in one spot – all the lovely things you found yourself craving, all the things you suddenly realize that you need; even a packed lunch, should you so wish. Here of course you will be able to grab your coffee, tea, or cold drink, and perhaps a little bite to eat. Something of a whirlwind Wholefoods stop for sure, but in that time, if you organised it to be so, you can have most of your order all ready and waiting when you walk through the door.

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Soon however we are off to our rendezvous with the quite extraordinary village of Redstone. With its history, galleries and gift shops it makes for the perfect late morning extended visit. There is even, believe it or not, a ‘castle’, to visit. Originally named Cleveholm by John Cleveland Osgood his huge former hunting lodge mansion is now operated as a luxury hotel. The castle offers tours to the public but they must be arranged in advance with the hotel.

The huge Redstone Inn, once a boarding house for Osgood’s coke oven workers, serves food all day and affords access to an extensive garden. The coke ovens we shall visit at one point or another, possibly as we leave town back across the bridge, retracing the coke oven worker’s extra short commute. Or possibly as we sweep back down the valley later in the afternoon.

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If you click on the above map you will see what I mean about Redstone, and what shows up on the map is only half of the story – not that you’d notice much from the Highway, unless you were paying particular attention to the town’s attractive sign, which in my opinion should serve as some kind of hint to what lies just the other side of that short bridge.

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Upon taking our leave of Redstone we are faced with the opportunity to cruise the three miles up McClure Pass, in order to take in the sweeping panoramic views afforded from the top, or we can continue to meander our way up the Crystal River Valley, timing our arrival in Marble to coincide with twelve noon. At which point up to three hours are assigned to partake in any of the many outdoor activities this historic town has to offer.

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Departing the town of Marble we now embark upon our return journey to Aspen. Not only is this an ideal opportunity with which to revisit key points along the way, allowing for gift shop purchases and/or future accommodations arranged, but we also get to visit most of the various sights and attractions that we skipped past on the way out, even visit a few that were not even on the incoming route.

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Although at first glance the wonder that is the Crystal River Valley may appear so very far, far away and remote, the truth is that it could hardly be more accessible. By car the journey between Aspen and Denver generally takes 3 to 4 hours. However, both national bus and train services stop at Glenwood Springs where Highway 82 meets Interstate 70. From here swift, comfortable air conditioned buses whisk passengers to Aspen in around an hour – and during the summer season they run every 30 minutes or so throughout the day.

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It is better by far to ditch the car, once you’re here.

You won’t miss it, and neither will anyone else

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Fly Over The New Aspen Marble Detour: Coming July 2019

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