Italian Creek, Reno Divide
Plan on spending some time in this popular recreation area with lots of great rides and options for alternative routes. Visit American Flag Mountain for beautiful views. The connecting Reno Divide is very remote, so plan accordingly. Lots of great camping opportunities along the trail. If Cement Creek is closed (typically March to May) use Reno Ridge Road to access Taylor River Road.
As mining boomed in Aspen, Crested Butte and Taylor Park in the early 1880s, roads connecting these areas were needed. Taylor Pass Road provided Aspen with access to Taylor Park, but it didn’t help Crested Butte. Consequently, a road over Reno Divide was built soon after Taylor Pass. Both roads soon became obsolete when railroad service reached Aspen and Crested Butte. One hundred thirty years later, the roads remain open for recreational use. The 3-part loop of Trails 32, 33 and 34 remains one of the best 4WD trips in the USA.