America's Best Fall Color Drives
Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association
West Elk Loop Scenic & Historic Byway, Gunnison-Crested Butte, CO
The Route: 205 miles.
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The country’s largest and most spectacular aspen grove delivers endless vistas of gold, orange, and crimson. From Gunnison, head to Crested Butte on Highway 135 and on the Kebler Pass Road (gravel, but fine) that connects to Highway 133 near Paonia Dam. Loop back around on the West Elk Loop Byway, along the Blue Mesa Reservoir and the north rim of the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park.
Where to Stop: Tour the galleries on Crested Butte’s September 30th ArtWalk; take a trail ride through the forest with Fantasy Ranch Horseback Adventures; try the Fried Green Tomato Po’ Boy at Sugah’s Café in Gunnison; and bunk at the Inn at Crested Butte with daily wine tasting.