The Crystal River Valley is among the top spring kayaking challenges. Peak run-off conditions draw expert thrill seekers from all over the west to the descriptively named Meat Grinder, near Redstone; the Crystal Gorge above Marble; the Falls at the Crystal Mill; the North Fork of the Crystal River (pictured,) and the Devil's Punchbowl. A safer excitement can be had by simply watching these crazy amphibians negotiate the chutes and drops in the Crystal River. And getting there is half the fun!
HIKING / CLIMBING CANOEING / BOATING
Many of the local inns, lodges, cabins and private home rentals have canoes and/or row boats on the 18 acre Beaver Lake. You are also welcome to bring your own non-motorized water crafts, waders or rafts. Beaver Lake is at the East end of Marble. McKee Pond on Marble’s West side (east of the Marble Airstrip,) also allows non-motorized crafts.
Paonia Reservoir, located SW on Hwy. 133, 25 minutes from Marble, permits motor boats.
Milton Falls, also known as Coors Falls, is just outside of Marble. As you pass the Marble Airstrip, look to the falls beyond and see if you recognize them from the traditional Coors beer logo!
Ice Climbing. Winter adventurers come to Marble for the state-of-the-sport ice climbing on our frozen waterfalls. And guess what? Most of our lodges are secretly open!
Hiking trails emanate from all sides of Marble and circle through the Raggeds Wilderness, White River National Forest, and the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness. The BLM has maps. For more detailed information see our hiking trail page, and for extremely detailed information go to our trail index page.