Our Favorite Summer Scenic Drives in Crested Butte, Colorado

There are many scenic drives in our area. Most of the local drives around Crested Butte can be made in a car. However, we highly recommend taking a 4×4 since many of the roads can be rocky and unpaved. The drives listed below are known for their stunning views. Be sure and look out for wildlife like birds, moose, elk and foxes.

PARADISE DIVIDE | Slate River Road

This beautiful drive boasts mountain peaks, lakes and valleys. Slate River Road goes up to the top of Paradise Divide and continues to Gothic/Schofield Pass Road (County Road 317). This 26 mile loop can either start from Slate River Road or Gothic Road. Be sure and stop at a few of the lakes, hikes and streams along the way. 

KEBLER PASS | County Road 12

Wanting to see the largest aspen grove in Colorado? Then, you will not want to miss Kebler Pass! This beautiful drive through the aspens also goes right by Lake Irwin and Lost Lake. Kebler Pass can be reached by driving down County Road 12, this road ends at Hwy 133. This road also connects with Ohio Pass. Located just outside of Gunnison, Ohio Pass, also known as County Road 730, will take you past local ranches. Ohio Pass is most known for “The Castles”, mountains that resembles towers.

Taylor Park | Cottonwood Pass

This is an easy drive starting from Almont. This roads winds its way down to Taylor Park Reservoir. If you keep going past the reservoir eventually you can end up in Buena Vista. Cottonwood Pass is beautiful all summer long but the colors in the fall are spectacular.