Avalanche Ranch is not for those wanting big nightlife, high speed internet, and the rush of crowds elbow to elbow with them.
I first learned of Avalanche Ranch on a hut trip at the Shrine Mountain Inn on top of Vail Pass. Even more secluded than Avalanche Ranch - no cars, just skiis!
But since I picked up the Avalanche Ranch brochure at Shrine Mountain Inn several years ago, I have really wanted to go there. Finally made this happen in September with several photographer friends. It is nestled in the side of the mountain outside Redstone, just 30 miles from Marble and Crystal and the Crystal Mill - the most photographed place in Colorado. And PERFECT for fall colors... and late September is the perfect time!
But I do recommend a jeep ride.... it's six miles from Marble to the Crystal Mill and SO GLAD I did not attempt it in my own SUV! Smitty at Crystal River Jeep Tours is the way to go.....
My favorite images....
This last image is from the Town of Crystal, population 4, at the top of the Crystal River Jeep Tour. What a beautiful place!