Paradise Divide

Take a break from demanding trails on this lazy drive to paradise.

Total Miles

27

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Elevation
11,250'
Duration
2 to 3 Hours
Technical Rating
2 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Paradise Divide
Wildlife, wildflowers and stunning scenery surround you on this relaxing trail. Camping is available. Portions of the trail are closed between March 1 and June 30 depending on seasonal conditions.
History
Along the eastern half of this loop, you’ll go through the town of Gothic. Although a significant number of buildings remain today, at one time, the town consisted of over 200 buildings with a population around 3,000. Gothic was established in 1879 as a result of a large silver strike in what is now part of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Many of the buildings have been restored, and today part of the town is occupied in the summer by students and scientists of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.
Getting There
Take Hwy. 135 north 0.8 mile from the visitor center in Crested Butte and turn left on Slate River Road 734. To drive the loop in the opposite direction, follow signs to the Mt. Crested Butte Ski Area and continue on to Gothic and Schofield Pass. Just after the pass, turn left on F.S. 519.
Contact for Current Conditions
Gunnison N.F.
Gunnison R.D.
(970) 641-0471