Gothic and Schofield Pass

Schofield Pass sits within the Sawatch Range of the Elk Mountains between Crested Butte and Aspen.  The pass tops out at an elevation of 10,707 between the town sites of Gothic and Marble.  Once the snow melts, many of our renters travel what we call the big loop which encompasses Slate River Road, Paradise Divide, Paradise Basin, Schofield Pass and ending with the town site of Gothic before heading back to Crested Butte.  Timing wise this usually puts you back in town for a late lunch or to re-supply before heading back out for more off-road adventures.

 

Schofield Pass continues beyond the point imaged in the photo, where a large sign warns drivers of the ensuing danger of The Devil’s Punchbowl.  For safety purposes our vehicles do Not go beyond this point.

 

This area is world renowned for its wildflowers and there is a reason why we have an entire festival dedicated to the flowers. If you’ve ever dreamed of being surrounded by wildflowers in a high alpine meadow, like in the movie ‘Sound of Music,’ then this is your spot!  Hikers have many options to choose from as well, if it’s the infamous 401 trail, hiking to Judd Falls, the 403 trail, Rustlers Gulch, Deer Creek, Copper Trail, the many offerings in the Snodgrass area or even the West Maroon Creek Trail to Aspen.

The Fall Foliage Season has Arrived!

Trail during Fall Foliage

Customer’s often ask when will the leaves turn or be at their peak and I usually say the climax is around September 25th to the 27th.  However, not this year!  With cooling temps and the added moisture that the Fall brings, this year it’s already happening.  The leaves are turning, the landscape/view is turning surreal and there’s a certain chill to the air.  Personally I love wearing sweaters in the morning, but not for long as the powerful sun clears out the valley floor and brings warmth to us all.  If fewer crowds and epic views are what you yearn for, then we surely have your fix.

It’s True, Dogs Love Jeeps Too!

Jeeps and DogsI have many clients who enjoy year after year renting my jeeps with the companionship of their four legged friend.  Personally I love dogs and boy do dogs love an adventure!  Here are a few photos from one of my clients; you can see the dog is clearly smiling awaiting the fun.  Jeeps also provide you with the added off-road access, so one of the fun things to do is bring your dog up to the snow and see them play.  I’ll never forget how happy my first dog was when I brought him to snow in August.  He totally freaked out and rolled in it for what seemed to be endlessly.

Paradise is Open for Business!

Well it has surely been a wet and wacky spring up here in the high country.  Luckily warm weather and plenty of sunshine, just what we’re used to this time of year, has arrived.  Access too many of the amazing hiking and mtn. biking trails is open and specifically access to the Paradise Divide and Schofield Pass is open on the Crested Butte side to Jeeps.  Oh yeah and the wildflowers have just starting to pop, making our little piece of paradise open for business.

Kebler and Cottonwood Passes Open Today

According to the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce and the Gunnison County Public Works, as long as “everything holds (today) and we do not have any more issues due to saturated soils we will open Kebler at 4:00 PM.  Cottonwood will open at 4:00 PM as well.”  McClure Pass will be closed today between 11:30am and 3:00 pm.  Which means the fast and easy route to Aspen is open and the short cut to Denver is a go!

Welcome to Alpenglow

Welcome to Alpenglow, located in Crested Butte Colorado and servicing the locations of Gunnison, Lake City, Aspen and everything in-between. We are your full service rental outfit.

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