Accommodations in Marble Colorado: Comfort with Altitude on the Far Side of the Aspen Marble Detour

Coming Soon !

Take the ASPEN MARBLE DETOUR 

ASPEN TO MARBLE RETURN

Convenient, Comfortable, and Anything but Direct

Tour Your Way Around The Crystal River Valley

Just $99 Per Person

Ticket Includes One Aspen Pick-up and Drop-Off,

plus Multiple Rides Up and Down the Crystal River Valley

Morning: Pick Ups commence in Aspen at 9:00 AM, arriving at Wholefoods Basalt by 9:50, drops by Avalanche Ranch at 10:40, visits Redstone around 11:00, and Marble at Noon. Lunch: Three Whole Hours in the Unique Town of Marble allow for plenty of incredible outdoor activities including Fat Tire Biking, Jeep Touring, Fly Fishing, Trail Hiking, Historic Tours and Horseback Riding. Afternoon: The return journey begins at 3:00, stops in at Redstone at 3:30, visits Avalanche Ranch at 4:00, pops in at THE KMJ Cooney Studio Gallery for Bubbly and a Bite at 5:30, and is back in Aspen by 6:00 PM.

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To say that the historic town of Marble is remote would, in one sense, qualify as the proverbial understatement, for the location is indeed some of the most rugged and spectacular that the Colorado Rocky Mountains have to offer, but on the other hand, secluded and verdant as this gorgeous valley is, the fact remains that Marble, the Crystal River Valley and all, lay but a short drive from the glitz and glamour of Aspen – world famous resort, and all.

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Never-the-less, and strange as this may seem, few if any of the visitors to Aspen get to enjoy the many splendid attributes of this most beautiful and wild corner of the Rockies.

In my previous post, Fabulous Food and Quality Fun in Marble, Colorado: Focal Point of the Aspen Marble Detour  I listed the many superb outdoor options skillfully presented by this tiny little town. With a year-round population of under a hundred hardy souls Marble never-the-less presents more than enough amenities and attractions to entertain visitors for weeks, let alone a day or two.

Sadly very few visitors to Aspen ever make it to Marble, or even the glorious Crystal River Valley for that matter. A short drive it may be – around an hour in fact – but given the obscure location, a lack of public transportation, the mountainous terrain, and the inconvenience/cost of renting a car, the reasons for Marble’s isolation from the Aspen scene soon become apparent; turns out it’s just too darn difficult to get there.

And besides, unless you know the way, or are pretty sure you do, the chances of getting utterly lost, with no cell phone coverage just to freak you out even further, then, as I was saying, who can be surprised that very few visitors to Aspen ever get to experience the old wild west, as presented by this most spectacularly located town?

And so, if you are reading this and are planning to visit Aspen in the near future don’t forget to book your Aspen Marble Detour ticket or tickets as soon as they become available, hopefully some time in mid June or so., but with this being the inaugural season dates are still being penciled in at the moment, and so please stay tuned to martincooney.com for up to the minute developments and updates.

Also please consider overnighting for a day or two at any of the accommodations listed before. Just as with the attractions and activities posted in the last article I have placed “double quotes” on all of the passages taken from each location’s various websites and social media pages, and have included plenty of links to click on, so please be my guest, and click away.

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In fact, I think it safe to say that prior to our new (soon to be announced) launch of the Aspen Marble Detour, never has there been an easier or more convenient way to enjoy the many extraordinary features of this unique little Rocky Mountain marble quarry town.

With downtown Aspen Hotel pick-ups commencing at 9 am and returning at 6 pm Detourist may chose to see the whole thing in one neat shebang and returning by 6 pm that day, ‘day-tripper’ style.  Or, alternatively they may opt to spend a night or two here and there and experience their Detour over a space of up to a week.

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Not only does an Aspen Marble Detour ticket allow for multiple journeys within the Crystal River Valley, but for those electing to spend a night or two here and there, goods ordered and paid for at the Basalt Wholefoods by 9:50 that morning, will be delivered free of charge to any of the properties and businesses listed below, along with those listed in Redstone and Avalanche Ranch, as will be featured in my next post.

Think about that! Whatever you wish, and whatever your heart desires, if Wholefoods sells it, and you order it and pay for it, I or another driver will deliver it to your door. Bad luck with the trout? I’m sure Wholefoods will be happy to oblige! Fresh olives, salad greens, an apple pie and whipped cream (nothing frozen though I’m afraid), who knows what you are going to crave after all that outdoor goodness and exercise you will be enjoying.

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BEAVER LAKE LODGE AND CABINS

201 E. SILVER ST.
MARBLE, CO 81623
970-963-2504
BeaverLakeLodge.com
info@BeaverLakeLodge.com

“One could describe the historic Beaver Lake Lodge and Cabins as being at the far side of the town of Marble, Colorado . However, in a town the size of Marble (pop.85,) it is more precise to say that the historic Beaver Lake Lodge IS the far side of the town of Marble.

A historic Lodge with Cabins and Private Home rentals nestled in one of the most spectacular and well photographed high mountain valleys of Colorado. Surrounded by mountain peaks, the Crystal River, Beaver Lake, the White River National Forest and the Raggeds Wilderness, from here you can explore an area rich in outdoor activities, history, and art.

Groups may rent the great room including a dining area, full size kitchen with 3 ovens, and a spot to relax by the fireplace. Use their canoes. Sit by a Campfire. Fish in Beaver Lake or the Crystal River. Hike. Rent ATVs. Take a Jeep Tour. Ride a Horse. Hire a guide. Explore Historic Sites and Galleries. There is no better place to experience Winter. Nordic ski out your door. Snowshoe, Ice Skate, Ice Climb, Back Country Ski (for those with experience), and Sled. Open year around. Phone and Wi-Fi services are available for guest use in main Lodge. Clean, Pet Friendly. Affordable ($79 – $125)”

“Our 5 cabins have been handsomely renovated without forsaking their vintage character. Each cabin is unique, but all have porches, hardwood floors, log beds, baths, kitchens and charcoal grills. The cabins were home to quarry workers a century ago. Campfire rings and picnic tables are outside. The lodge rooms have a cottage inn ambiance and are equipped with a kitchen or kitchenette, and full bathrooms. Cabin rates are $135 – $165 per night, and are now open year round.  

Around the cabins and among the spruce and aspen trees are campfire rings, picnic tables, barbecues, and a hefty marmot that lives under the wood pile and pops up to check on our guests.”

“Summer is our gilded season, when visitors swell Marble into a mountain leisure park. There is no golf, no tennis, no scuba diving – but there are fishing holes, river rafting, lake activities, horse rides and pack trips, hiking and biking trails, wildlife, jeep tours, ATV rentals, magnificent waterfalls, and relics of our rich mining culture to be discovered.  

In the fall we get ‘leaf peepers’ and hunters. In the winter we are covered in snow, and enjoy Nordic skiing, back country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, ice skating and ice fishing.”

“Stroll down the wooded lane from the lodge and you are at Beaver Lake , a large pond surrounded by rugged, often snow-capped mountains. Bring a fishing pole and deck chair, or paddle in our canoe, kayak, or one of our stand up paddle boards. Continue, and the wooded lane becomes a jeep trail to the remote ghost town of Crystal City. On the way, stop at the famous Crystal Mill.

Walking back through town you will cross a bridge over Carbonate Creek and find yourself at Slow Groovin’ Restaurant, renowned for their award winning BBQ.”

“Across the street is the old State Bank building, now a coffee shop and information center.  Around the corner is the restored Marble Community Church, with an active congregation of people from all over the Roaring Fork Valley.

Marble’s mining heritage is different than all the rest in Colorado’s rugged mountains because in Marble they mined….marble. No messy mine tailings, no toxic dumps. However, the debris from this industry is remarkable. Everywhere you go in Marble, you find cut chunks of pure white….marble.” 

Beaver Lake Lodge

LODGE ROOMS

“With our four Lodge Rooms, you have an amazing opportunity to feel the history of lodge, with new renovations and modern amenities. Please feel free to call us at 970-963-2504 and we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.  If you prefer to communicate online, contact us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Room One: 1 Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed, Kitchenette, 3/4 bath [shower, no tub], Maximum occupancy 3, $135.00

Room 3: 1 Queen, 1 Twin Bed, Kitchenette, Full Bath, Maximum occupancy 3, $135.00

Room 5: 1 Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed, Full Kitchen, 3/4 Bath [shower, no tub], (can adjoin with room #7), Maximum occupancy 3, $150.00

Room 7: 1 Queen Bed, Kitchenette, 3/4 bath [shower, no tub], (can adjoin with room #5), Maximum occupancy 2, $135.00″

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CABINS

“Did you know, our 5 cabins were home to quarry workers a century ago? Don’t worry, we won’t put you to work! Instead, our cabins are designed to give you the feel of your own charming mountain retreat. The cabins have been newly updated without sacrificing their vintage character. Each cabin is unique, but all have porches, hardwood floors, log beds, handmade quilts, baths, kitchens and charcoal grills. 

Please feel free to call us at 970-963-2504 and we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.  If you prefer to communicate online, contact us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.”

“Cabin 2: 1 Queen + 2 Twins in Loft, and 1 Daybed, Full Kitchen, ¾ Bath (shower, no tub), Maximum occupancy 5, $165.00

Cabin 4: 1 Queen Bed, 1 Twin Bed, Full Kitchen, ¾ Bath (shower, no tub), Maximum occupancy 3, $145.00

Cabin 6: 1 Queen Bed, Full Kitchen, 3/4 Bath, Maximum occupancy 2, $145.00

Cabin 8: 1 Queen Bed, Kitchenette w/Gas Cooktop, ¾ Bath (shower, no tub), Maximum occupancy 2, $135.00

Cabin 10, 2 Queen Beds, Full Kitchen, ¾ Bath (shower, no tub), Maximum occupancy 4, $155.00″

BEAVER LAKE LODGE AND CABINS

201 E. SILVER ST.
MARBLE, CO 81623
970-963-2504

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The Williams House

Vrbo https://www.vrbo.com/925957

CHARMING VICTORIAN IN QUAINT TOWN OF MARBLE, NEAR HIKING AND FLY FISHING!

House 1900 sq. ft. Sleeps 8. Bedrooms. 3 Bathrooms 3. Min Stay 2 – 4 nights. $227 avg/night.

“The Williams House welcomes total relaxation and serenity whether you are rocking on the front porch, stargazing from the rooftop balcony or savoring the crisp, fresh mountain air while relaxing on the deck! Escape to your “Home Away From Home” in this quaint mountain town and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Crystal River Valley.

This beautiful, historical home, built in 1894 by H. H. Williams, is one of the oldest remaining homes in Marble. The Victorian charm of this lovingly restored 19th-century home, situated within the heart of the Crystal River Valley and the White River National Forest, will steal your heart with its unique character and design, traditional decor and gorgeous mountain setting!”

“In 194, Mother Nature took its toll sending a mud slide through town, destroying the Williams House. The house lay abandoned until 1975 when John M. Williams, the great grandson of H.H. Williams, and his wife Ann, completed its restoration in 198. Now fully and beautifully restored, the Williams House has won architectural awards for its design and has been featured in House Beautiful’s 1982 edition of Home Remodeling for the excellence of the project.

Situated on four acres, this three-story Victorian style home features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and a fully equipped eat-in kitchen with a separate dining area that seats 6.”

“The kitchen, with its oversized windows, is great for huddling around the table for family game night or watching the sunrise while sipping your morning coffee. In warmer months, enjoy relaxing or dining on the spacious deck while listening to the rushing waters of the Carbonate Creek below.”

“The master bedroom has a king size bed, a night stand and lamps. The second bedroom has twin trundle beds and a dresser with a mirror. The third bedroom has a full size bed, an adjacent full bathroom, a reading nook and a rooftop balcony. There is queen sleeper sofa in the living room.

The living room is comfortably furnished and has a wood burning stove, ideal for spending evenings near a crackling fire after an adventurous day of exploring the quaint town of Marble and the beautiful Crystal River Valley.

The second level has two nicely appointed bedrooms; the master with a king bed and a guest bedroom with a full day bed. The stairwell leading to the upper floor opens up to the third bedroom, situated under a dormer, with an en suite full bathroom. This inviting space is unique with a cozy reading nook and access to the scenic rooftop balcony.

Taxes and fees are additional. Additional information about rental rates, Cleaning Fee$ 135, Pet Fee $ 60, Additional Guest Fee $ 20, Property Damage Insurance$59. Minimum age requirement of 25 to rent this property. Check-in time 4:00PM, Check-out time 10:00 AM. Dog friendly, must be crated when left alone. Please request our Dog Rules to review them prior to your arrival. Please inquire about pet fee. Limit of 2 dogs please. This home does not have air conditioning although it stays fairly cool in the summer due to the elevation. Smoking, vaping or recreational drug use not permitted on premises Cancellation policy: 50% refund if cancelled between 30-60 days of arrival, NO refund if cancelled less than 30 days of arrival. We HIGHLY recommend you purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance to help protect you since NO REFUNDS if cancelled less than 30 days of arrival; inclusive of storms, road conditions or road closures. We suggest CSA Travel Protection, 866.999.4018, http://www.vacationrentalinsurance.com. Damage deposit is refunded 14 days after departure; may take up to 7 business days to return to your account. Monthly rates available. Additional cleaning fee for excessive cleaning or larger groups may apply. Rates and amenities are subject to change.”

The Williams House

Vrbo https://www.vrbo.com/925957

CHARMING VICTORIAN IN QUAINT TOWN OF MARBLE, NEAR HIKING AND FLY FISHING!

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Yule Creek Lodge, Marble

Airbnb

Entire cabin, 10 guests, 2 bedrooms, 7 beds, 1 bath. $100 per night / May 2019

“Yule Creek Lodge is the perfect mountain get-away. Located on 53 acres, mostly bordering National Forest, the cabin gives easy access to some of the sweetest backcountry and nordic skiing in Colorado, along with with big views and privacy. Plenty of sledding, snow shoeing and adventure opportunities are found all over the property. In the summer, the opportunities are endless. Without getting in the car you can access the Raspberry Ridge trailhead, pristine trout fishing and more!

The amenities of this off-the-grid home includes running water, a shower, indoor bathroom, refrigerator, gas cooking stove and fireplace. The kitchen carries enough pots/pans, cutlery, plates, bowls etc. to cook and serve 10 people. The cabin can sleep 10 people. There is a Master Bedroom with a queen sized bed, as well as an open sleeping plan upstairs with 1 queen bed, 1 queen sized futon bed, 2 sets of bunk beds and a Stunning View! We have 1 Dog Bowl for your furry friends (We love our animals too!). We also have added wi-fi access with fairly high speed.” 

“There is NO cell service in Marble. In case of an emergency there is a pay phone at the fire department at the corner of W 3d and Co Rd 3. (This is where you turned right at the stop sign) Call 911. You can also call via the wi-fi at the cabin.
Owners: Scott Dillard (Phone number hidden by Airbnb) Jules Campbell (Phone number hidden by Airbnb) Vida Dillard (Phone number hidden by Airbnb) *By connecting to the internet and texting us is the best way to get a hold of us.

The Yule Creek Lodge includes running water, a shower, indoor bathroom, refrigerator, gas cooking stove and fireplace. We also have satellite wi-fi, which works well for a rustic cabin in Marble, though it may not be quite as fast as what you are used to. The kitchen carries enough pots/pans, cutlery, plates, bowls etc. to cook and serve 10 people. There is a grill on the deck that you are more than welcome to use, just be sure to tidy it up afterwards. Don’t forget to bring your own provisions before you head to the Lodge as the town of Marble does not have a grocery store or gas station. Thank you so much for choosing to stay at the Yule Creek Lodge! Please let us know if you have any questions or requests for us before your stay.”

“Vida is a Superhost: Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests. Sparkling clean, 4 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean. Great location, 100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.” 

Yule Creek Lodge, Marble

Airbnb

Entire cabin.

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Simple Marble Retreat, Marble

Airbnb

Entire guest suite, 4 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1 bath, $75 per night / May 2019 

“A cozy mountain retreat, this apartment is perfect for a fun getaway! Enjoy Beaver Lake and all the adventure Marble has to offer, while stepping out onto your quaint deck to an amazing view of Raspberry Ridge. 
Comes with a kitchenette, bathroom and two comfy, clean beds. In summertime enjoy the private fire pit and seating overlooking the Ridge. 
We have Verizon cell service! Owners live upstairs, separate from downstairs unit. 20 minutes from Penny/Avalanche Ranch hot springs.”

“This apartment offers plenty of space for a great price. Wifi is available, but as is the case in all of Marble, it is not recommended for streaming and downloading large files. Owners have one dog and a cat. Dog is extremely friendly and great with other dogs. The owners live upstairs, but upstairs is divided from the basement for complete privacy. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! Well behaved pets ok- please inquire with owners.

The driveway is steep in parts. Guests have one parking spot at the top of driveway and can park any extra vehicles not far below. Owners live upstairs with a separate entrance. Land line available when needed (no cell service is available in Marble). ***THERE IS NO CELL PHONE RECEPTION IN MARBLE*** But we have a Verizon tower!!!
Iphone users can text and call other iPhone users via wifi, or if you need to get a hold of someone please plan ahead, there are apps such as (Hidden by Airbnb) , (Hidden by Airbnb) Messenger or Marco Polo that allow you to communicate with others through wifi. A landline is available for use if needed.

Included, Towels, bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper. Heating, Central heating or a heater in the listing, Hot water. Continuous access Wifi, Pack ’n Play/travel crib. Free parking on premises. Coffee maker, Cooking basics, Pots and pans, oil, salt and pepper, Dishes and silverware Kitchen, Space where guests can cook their own meals, Refrigerator. Private entrance, Lockbox, Separate street or building entrance. Bed linens, Extra pillows and blankets, Hangers. Fire extinguisher, Carbon monoxide detector, Smoke detector Not included, Air conditioning, TV, Washer, Hair dryer, Shampoo.”

Simple Marble Retreat, Marble

Airbnb

Entire guest suite

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Breakfast Included at Papa’s Pinecone Path, Marble
Private room in bed and breakfast 

Airbnb

3 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1 private bath, $119 per night / May 2019 

“Papa’s Pinecone Path is found in the Inn at Raspberry Ridge bed and breakfast with a queen size bed and a peaceful window sitting area. This room has a true mountaineer, cozy cabin feel. It sleeps 2 adults and includes a private full bath.

Breakfast, coffee and tea are included. There is a shared living area where you can hide out by the fireplace or enjoy a nice movie with family and friends.”

“The owners will welcome you when you arrive and show you to your room. Basic Cable TV, washer, dryer, towels, bed sheets, soap, and toilet paper. Indoor fireplace, central heating or a heater, hot water, Iron. Continuous access Wifi Bathtub high chair, Pack ’n Play/travel crib Free parking on premises. Breakfast is provided. Coffee maker, dishes and silverware, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator. Private living room, bed linens, extra pillows and blankets, shampoo, hair dryer, hangers.. Private room can be locked for safety and privacy. Fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detector, smoke detector, first aid kit. Not included: Air conditioning, kitchen, private entrance.”

Breakfast Included at Papa’s Pinecone Path, Marble
Private room in bed and breakfast 

Airbnb

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Comfort with Altitude: Accommodations in Marble Colorado,

on the Far Side of the Aspen Marble Detour

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