GUNNISON COUNTY – After traveling tens of thousands of miles around Colorado, it's safe to say I've visited some really interesting places. It's also safe to say I've ended up in some rather unsafe places also!
Mind you, once you reach the ghost town of Crystal, you're rewarded with beautiful scenery. However, getting there can be tricky and at some points dangerous.
The Town of Crystal is a good four to five hours away from Denver in Gunnison County. The best way to get there is to head to the Town of Marble first (Marble is easily accessible with paved roads).
Once you're in Marble, head to the east side of town. You'll see signs pointing towards the Town of Crystal.
This is where things get difficult. The road leading in to Crystal is made up of rocks (some of them are huge). Crystal is only reachable in the summer and fall months. The road in and out consists of one lane, and you'll need a four-wheel drive vehicle to drive on it.
If you don't have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you can also drive in. Although, that will take a while longer.
The nice thing about Crystal is right before you reach the town, you'll notice the old Crystal Mill. The mill was constructed in 1883, when Crystal was a bustling mining town. At the peak of its rise, Crystal had 400 residents. The mill itself closed down in 1917.
Nowadays, only a few residents stay in Crystal during the summer months, including Roger Neal who has had a cabin in Crystal since the mid-90s.
"This is home. This is where I've been coming ever since I was 8 years old," Neal told 9NEWS in a previous interview.
Neal says the town empties out even more in the fall when snow starts to move in.
If you're looking for a place to visit where you won't be bothered and where you're cut off from communication, this is the place to go. The Crystal River, which straddles the town, is also known for its abundance of trout (just in case you're looking to fish).
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