In Redstone you can feel the past in the present because its visible all around. Driving up scenic Highway 133 past Carbondale, you wind through the canyon like atmosphere with the Crystal River rushing to your left. When you get to the coke ovens, turn left over the bridge.
Redstone was developed turing the coal boom related to steel production in the 1890s. To appreciate why the lots are how they are, and why the homes exhibit a certain Victorian cottage style, you have to explore the building of the village as a early form of corporate socialism, where the company owner tries to prevent government imposed socialist measures to protect miners by preempting the social needs of the workers. Read more about Redstone’s history From Redstone to Ludlow: John Cleveland Osgood’s Struggle against the United Mine Workers of America. Each cottage has its own history, as does each side of the boulevard.
The first thing you see is the Redstone Inn, which is a wonderful historic hotel with an excellent bar. The atmosphere is all mountains and you feel like your great grandpa miner is going to come sit down next to you and tell you how he shot one of the mounts.
The Redstone Inn is the perfect destination for a wedding, with its warm hospitality. Erin and I got married here and I had to worry about zero logistics, planning, or details because the wedding coordinator is so good.
Your wifi is not going to work in Redstone, (or anywhere along scenic hwy 133) unless you are connected to a network. If you connect to the Redstone Inn’s, it does work in a wider radius and then you can do wifi calling. If you’re going on a hiking, biking, or climbing trip near Redstone, I always like to take paper maps and just use my phone battery for pictures. I also tell someone when I think I’ll be back in Carbondale.
The Redstone Castle comes into prominence only after you pass the entrance to Redstone. Recently completely renovated the Castle Tour is a must! You learn what the walls would talk about when exploring the origin of all of the materials. It was the ultimate decadent Industrialist vacation to be invited to the Castle in its heyday. From hunting and fishing, to sprawling lawns, birdwatching and painting there is no mountain recreation that could not be had from this spot on the Crystal.
Whether you want to go to the Castle for a B&B weekend, a tour, or special event, it is advisable to plan ahead. The tours are full at 15 people, and don’t run every day. Special events are always limited tickets so best to follow the Castle and get tickets ahead of time.
Redstone boasts a park, a general store that serves ice cream, and the previously known as the Crystal Club will re-open as a pizza shop.
Ride your bike down the boulevard and keep going. Trees on either side, you’ll soon reach the Redstone campgrounds.
The next roads after the turn off to the village of Redstone, are Coal Creek and Elk Mountain.
On Elk Mountain, hidden from the road, bordering the Pitkin Co. open space is a property I sold. Its a contemporary cabin recently built in 2013 with a hot tub, patio, and its own yoga studio and sauna outbuilding.
There are other amazing neighborhoods in the Crystal Valley near Redstone. Chair Mountain Ranch is a resort with a number of cabins and ability to hold weddings on a large lawn. Chair Mtn Ranch is also the name of a subdivision, with the cheapest single family home in the Crystal Valley.
Ranch Acres is a neighborhood that looks like a winter wonderland, to the east of the Crystal.
Crystal Park is across the river and highway from the Castle.There are beautiful homes on great lots.
The Penny Hot Springs is a major destination by the side of the road where the hot water heated from below meets the cold rush of melting snow that is the Crystal. There are several private properties that also enjoy thermal waters in the area.
Avalanche Ranch is a guest ranch where you can stay in a primitive cabin and enjoy their hot pools.
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