Paradise Divide

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Location Crested Butte, CO
Rating Easy,
Length 27.2mi
Time 3hrs

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Gorgeous SUV loop passes through historic town of Gothic.

A beautiful, stressless drive. In season, wildflowers are everywhere. Limited designated camping along road in addition to fee F.S. campgrounds. Washington Gulch, F.S. 811, is a beautiful alternate way to reach Paradise Divide. Northern portion of Gothic Road is closed between March 1 and May 30 depending on snow and mud conditions. Unlicensed vehicles are only allowed on roads in the national forest, which includes northern half of loop.


Trail Ratings Defined

Slate River Road is a wide graded road. As it climbs towards Paradise Divide, it becomes a narrower shelf road, but there is still plenty of room to pass. Any high-clearance vehicle can reach Schofield Pass via Gothic Road when everything has dried out. In early summer, however, Gothic Road can be blocked by snow below Emerald Lake.






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(970) 963-2266White River N.F., Sopris R.D.

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