Description: The city of Crystal is an old mining town and is now
somewhat of a ghost town.The Deadhorse Mill (also known as the Crystal Mill) is a popular, historical landmark widely published on many postcards. It still stands next to the Crystal River,
just below Crystal City where it was originally built. The mill is located on private property. The road parallels the Crystal River all the way to Crystal City. The fishing is very good in various sections of the river, and the scenery is spectacular. Most of the land adjacent to the road is private so please respect the landowners' rights.
Although most of the road is not extremely difficult, there are several narrow, rocky and steep sections where it may be necessary for the downhill driver to back-up on the uphill when encountering another vehicle. This is not a road for passenger automobiles or inexperienced drivers. For the most experienced four-wheeler, it is possible to continue behond Crystal City to Schofield Pass, or to make a loop back to Marble via the Lead King Basin road.
See the appropriate section for details on these routes.
Directions: From Carbondale travel south on Colorado Highway 133 about 22 miles to the Marble turnoff. Go east on the Marble road, through Marble, and past Beaver Lake. The 4WD portion begins just past the Gold Pan Gallery. The road begins to head uphill and passes over shale rock. About 1 mile outside of Marble there is a fork in the road; take the right fork (FDR #314). The road immediately heads downhill.