ASPEN MARBLE DETOUR TICKETS and INFORMATION

New for the 2019 Summer Season  / July through Saturday 5th October

I N T R O D U C I N G   T H E

ASPEN MARBLE DETOUR

Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM

“ASPEN TO MARBLE – RETURN – The Scenic Way”

Tour Your Way Around  The Crystal River Valley

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Reserve Your Aspen Marble Detour Place Today

CALL 9704294823 just $99 per person

Children Travel Half Price – Teens Receive 25% Discount

Please Note: We cannot accept baby seats of any form, children must be able to sit securely within the on-board seat belts.

Tours run Tuesday through Saturday / Groups are Limited to Ten Adult Passengers

Plus two seats reserved for children and teens.

Please give your name,    the date on which you wish to Detour,    the number in your party,    the downtown Aspen Hotel from which you wish to be picked-up,    and a contact number by which we may confirm the booking.

Morning: Pick Ups commence in Aspen at 9:00 AM, arriving at Wholefoods Basalt by 9:45 or so. We then visit Redstone around 10:30, and Marble at Noon. Lunch: One hour to Eat, and Two to Play!  Three Whole Hours allow for plenty of incredible outdoor activities including; Fat Tire Biking, Fly Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Trail Hiking, Historic Tours and Horseback RidingAfternoon: The return journey begins at 3:00. First we enjoy a gentle leisurely afternoon alpine walk, admire the wildflowers and vast panoramic mountain views, after which we briefly stop-in at Redstone, engage at various points with the pristine Crystal River,  and visit Carbondale around 4:30. Finally we pop into The KMJ Cooney Studio Gallery for Bubbly and a Bite at 5:30, and are back in Aspen by 6:00 PM.

One Memorable Day

Our small group tours of the Crystal River Valley are founded on the principle of flexibility, allowing for a multitude of experiences to be shared by the same group, on the same day, making for an interesting dynamic, and a good deal of friendly chatter within our lofty little bus. For with so much to do, see and experience: so wide are the options, so varied the shopping, so amazing the pursuits, enticing the trails, and interesting the historic sites and venues: that no two Detours are ever quite the same.

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9:00 AM

A series of swift hotel pick-ups across the compact downtown Aspen hotel district allow for a prompt and speedy exit, whereby in mere minutes we are out of town and on our way.

By 9:45, or perhaps sooner, we pull into to Wholefoods supermarket in Basalt.

Ahh, Wholefoods. Right when you need it, here in one spot – all the lovely things you found yourself craving, all the things you need; hot coffee, fresh fruit, fresh bred and rolls, sliced meats, sandwiches, salad bar, cold drinks, smoothies, cookies, you name it. Plus of course trail mix, trail bars, lip balm, sun screen, sun hat, and anything else you find that you find yourself lacking. In other words, between Wholefoods and Four Dogs liquor store next door you pretty much have everything you need for the perfect Colorado Rocky Mountain Picnic. And to facilitate such a sumptuous feast, the Aspen Marble Detour bus carries thermal bags on board so as to keep you purchases cool and in tip top condition till lunchtime, just two hours away at this point.

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Gently skirting the town of Carbondale, for now, we emerge upon Highway 133 and immediately are plunged into the drama of the scene; with the massive Mount Sopris looming larger and larger into view as we approach the gaping jaws of the Crystal River Gorge.

And soon we are approaching our first scheduled stop of the day as we pull into the ‘Ruby of the Rockies‘ otherwise known as the exceptionally tidy, intriguing and colorful Redstone, Colorado. Here we find shops, galleries, a lovely riverside park, an enormous friendly historic inn, and even a castle in the form of the giant Cleveholm, or Redstone Castle as it is known today. There is even a chance to go horseback riding at the Avalanche Outfitters Corral. So you see, much to do here; so much so that we will be nipping back through on our return in order to see the things we missed, pick up the gifts and items that we ogled on our way up.

With its history, galleries and gift shops, Redstone makes for the perfect late morning stroll. There is even, believe it or not, a ‘castle’, to visit. Originally named Cleveholm by John Cleveland Osgood his huge former hunting lodge mansion is now operated as a luxury hotel. The castle offers tours to the public but they must be arranged in advance with the hotel.

The huge Redstone Inn, once a boarding house for Osgood’s coke oven workers, serves food all day and affords access to a lovely large swimming pool, comfy benches, extensive lawns and well maintained garden play area. The coke ovens we shall visit at one point or another, possibly as we leave town back across the bridge, retracing the coke oven worker’s extra short commute. Or perhaps as we sweep back down the valley later in the afternoon.

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Upon taking our leave of Redstone we are faced with the opportunity to glide the three miles up McClure Pass in order to take in the sweeping panoramic views afforded from the top, and get in a healthy blast of fresh mountain air, or we can continue to meander our way up the Crystal River Valley, timing our arrival in Marble to coincide with twelve noon. At which point three hours are available to partake in any of the many superb outdoor activities on offer.

LUNCH

Three Hours in the Unique Town of Marble

One Hour to Eat, and Two to Play!

Aside from a memorable lunch of Slow Groovin’s famous American classic fare, Detourists at this point are faced with a multitude of options: horseback riding, fat tire biking, jeep touring, fly fishing, trail hiking, woodland walking, bird/wildlife watching, or simply reading a treasured book in the wild.

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Departing the town of Marble at 3:00 pm, we now embark upon our three hour return journey to Aspen, only an hour of which is spent in the bus. This presents not only a chance to spend half and hour or so in Carbondale, but affords the ideal opportunity with which to revisit key points along the way, allowing for gift shop purchases, future accommodations arranged and visit the things and places we missed on the way up. But first we take a little afternoon walk along a gorgeous trail, deep into nature, but so gentle and consistent, at a mere 8 degrees, that all abilities are able to appreciate the wildflowers, cooling breezes and the many vast panoramic views.

The tidy and commercially bustling mountain town most often mentioned as one of the best places to live in the entire country – Carbondale, serves as the last port of call for the day and offers plenty in the way of shopping, dining, cafe and art scene activity.

Finally at 5:30 we stop by the KMJ Cooney Studio Gallery for brief Bubbly and a Bite – not necessarily alcoholic in nature, but delicious all the same.

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6 PM and we are Back in Aspen

With the KMJ located directly across from Aspen’s public and private air terminals the journey from the gallery into town takes but a few minutes. And so by six PM we are back in Aspen in plenty of time for dinner, and with so many stories to tell of your various adventures way over on the far side of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Elk Range, you may find yourself hogging the conversation somewhat.

Detour = a Freetour ?

Yes, that’s right, Detourists who decide to purchase a Collection Series Marble Carving from THE KMJ’s wide selection of light, portable Colorado Yule Marble carvings will receive an immediate discount of $99 as a token of our appreciation for taking the Aspen Marble Detour.

Nearer Than You Think

Although at first glance Aspen and the Crystal River Valley may appear so very far, far away and remote, the truth is that it could hardly be more accessible. A frequent schedule serves Aspen airport from points across the mainland USA, including a robust service to Denver. The car journey between Aspen and Denver generally takes 3 to 4 hours. Furthermore there are also mountain taxi services plying Interstate 70 with impressive swift regularity. Both national bus and train services stop at Glenwood Springs where Highway 82 meets Interstate 70. From here swift, comfortable air conditioned buses whisk passengers to Aspen in around an hour, and during the summer season they run every 30 minutes or so throughout the day.

And so, please sit back, relax and enjoy the view, you won’t miss the car, and neither will anyone else.

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DETOUR LEISURE ACTIVITY OPTIONS

Marble Colorado! When it comes to outdoor activities and pursuits it would be difficult to name a place with less than a hundred year-round residents that can provide such a plethora of options. Mountain bike rental, jeep tours, horseback riding, fishing guides, Colorado Yule Marble history tours and more; not to mention incredible alpine hiking, wildflower meadows, wild animals and wilderness heading off in all directions. But the Aspen Marble Detour’s long list of leisure options doesn’t end there, far from it. Redstone – the tour’s retail center – boasts and extensive list of gallery, antique and gift shop options for the remote and idyllic alpine village that is is. There is a castle to tour just for good measure. All in all, if you know where to look, it could be said that the Crystal River Valley pretty much has it all.

New for the 2019 Summer Season  /  Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM

THE ASPEN MARBLE DETOUR  or ASPEN TO MARBLE RETURN

ConvenientSpectacular-and FUN

Reserve Your Place Today

CALL 970-429-4823 Just $99 Per Person

Children Travel Half Price – Teens Receive 25% Discount

Tours run Tuesday through Saturday / Groups are Limited to TWELVE

Please give your name,    the date on which you wish to Detour,    the number in your party,    the downtown Aspen hotel from which you wish to be picked-up,    and a contact number by which we may confirm the booking.

Morning: Pick Ups commence in Aspen at 9:00 AM, arriving at Wholefoods Basalt by 9:45 or so. We then visit Redstone around 10:30, and Marble at Noon. Lunch: One hour to Eat, and Two to Play!  Three Whole Hours allow for plenty of incredible outdoor activities including; Fat Tire Biking, Fly Fishing, Paddle Boarding, Trail Hiking, Historic Tours and Horseback RidingAfternoon: The return journey begins at 3:00. First we enjoy a gentle leisurely afternoon alpine walk, admire the wildflowers and vast panoramic mountain views, after which we briefly stop-in at Redstone, engage at various points with the pristine Crystal River,  and visit Carbondale around 4:30. Finally we pop into The KMJ Cooney Studio Gallery for Bubbly and a Bite at 5:30, and are back in Aspen by 6:00 PM.

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