Crystal is surrounded by excellent fly fishing (trout), hunting (deer and elk), hiking, mountain biking and 4x4 terrain, and can be reached via tours from the town of Marble. The upper Crystal River Valley is nestled between two wilderness areas. The Raggeds Wilderness Area to the south and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area to the north.
The Crystal Mill
Crystal is best known for one of the most photographed historic sites in Colorado, the Crystal Mill, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Road Access To Crystal Gunnison County Road 3 connects Crystal to Marble. Much of the road is a very rocky shelf road, suitable for four-wheel drive only.
Forest Road 317 (a.k.a. Gothic Road) connects Crystal to Crested Butte via Schofield Pass. It traverses the Devils Punchbowls, considered among the most dangerous four-wheel drive trails in the state (entire families have died when their vehicles went over the edge). Warning: MapQuest and Bing Maps incorrectly suggest Forest Road 317 as the fastest route to Crested Butte. GPS navigation units may do the same. Google Maps has better judgement, and will not direct the public onto Forest Road 317 under any circumstances.