Travel Blogs from Crested Butte
Today we knew exactly what we wanted to do....drive Independence Pass!! Sarah and Josh had told us how awesome it was so we just had to find out for ourselves!
Independence Pass is only open in the summer so would be closed soon...if you look it up I'm sure it will show you the route but it basically takes you down through Minturn, then through Leadville (the highest city in ...
... of plan of silly add-ups on the route and the intolerance of being on speeding routes.
So Theo left few days ago and I try to pile up some energy for the month to come. I will pick my friend Sandy in Chicago and we will go north to Canada before I will stay few days in Montreal to see my friend Wendy and her lovely boys. From them heading back to New York after few hours in Providence.
The one ...
Aspen reminded me a bit of Banff, cute little ski/snowboard town with lots of hikes in the summer.
Unfortunately, I did not realize how high up Aspen is (2400m above sea level) and once we started our hike at Maroon Bells, I felt quite dizzy and tired. Turns out I must have had some sort of altitude sickness at 3000m above sea level... That happened on our hike in Santa Fe as well.. well, now I know :)
I recovered quickly and finished the hike at least...
... What are they thinking?
And that was Utah. We drove over the state line into Colorado just before noon and stopped in Fruita to buy a Sandwich. We took it across the street to the rest area and Welcome Center where we relaxed, had lunch, and referred to our maps. After a visit inside, Steve came out with a recommendation that we visit the Colorado National Monument, which was just down the road a ...
... to Colorado was exciting. I found myself for the first time pulling a 40' trailer up a real mountain. Once we hit route 285, we had to start climbing the mountains. I got even more impressed with my RAM 3500. For the first time I used the Smart Brake feature. This feature uses diesel engine braking to keep a constant speed when going down hills. It worked superbly and really saved on the brakes. It make the drive very comfortable.
We reached ...
Other places to stay in Crested Butte
500 Gothic Road, Crested Butte | 4 star hotelfrom $123
11 Snowmass Road, Crested Butte | Hotelfrom $76
620 Gothic Road, Crested Butte | 3 star hotelfrom $153
20 Hunter Hill Road, Crested Butte | 3 star hotelfrom $204
11 Snowmass Road, Crested Butte | Hotelfrom $185
11Snowmass Road, Crested Butte | 2 star hotelfrom $208
18 Hunter Hill Road, Crested Butte | Hotelfrom $105