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Devil’s Punchbowl

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Location Marble, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 10.6mi
Time 2hrs

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Narrow mining road between Crested Butte and Schofield Pass.

This route runs from Marble to Crested Butte over Schofield Pass. The Crystal Mill, on the western side, draws tourists by the thousands. The mill is one of the most photographed structures in Colorado. The big draw for 4-wheelers, however, is the trip through Crystal Canyon, featuring spectacular Devil’s Punchbowl, a deep pool of water below a dramatic waterfall. Scenery along the entire trip is unsurpassed. Many historical features. Open seasonally May 21-Nov. 22 after Wpt. 03.


Trail Ratings Defined

First portion of trail to the Crystal Mill is rocky. East of Crystal, the road becomes extremely narrow as it climbs steeply along the daunting vertical walls of Crystal Canyon. Dangerous backing required to pass. Rock slides and lingering snow can close the trail at any time. Novice drivers should avoid section between Wpts. 03 and 04. Although not recommended for stock SUVs, experienced drivers can reach the town of Crystal but should not continue. Low-range, skid plates are a must.






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Adam Bair says

Drove July 2020, from Marble toward Schofield Pass with a mostly stock 3rd Gen Tacoma. Made it to the Punchbowl in about 2.5 hours, but didn't feel confident in making it the difficult 1/2 mile or so past that and turned back. Might have been possible with sliders and a lot more experience. Great dispersed camping along the road to Crystal, especially the spot next to the Lizard Lake.
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