The old mining town of Crystal, Colorado is only a few miles outside the small hamlet of Marble. However, in those few miles, you're going to gain a great deal of altitude, and will need to navigate some treacherous roads. If heights bother you, I'd suggest that you always sit on the side opposite the dropoff. :)
The drive from Marble to Crystal is possible for the novice, but...... four wheel drive is a must. If you'd rather ride and enjoy, there are a couple of local operators that will charge you about $25 a person for the three hour ride. Yep, you only go about 4 miles, but it'll easily take three hours roundtrip.
In fact, if you're into it, you can make just as good of time walking or mountain biking. Take plenty of water and take your time.
2880 County Road 3, Marble, Colorado, 81623, United States
Good for: Couples
There are really no eateries in Marble, Colorado. You can acquire basic food supplies at the friendly "Marble General Store", and there is one B&B a few miles away from town....
But for the most part, you need to be staying with one of Marble's residents to have any shot at good eatin' in Marble.
We enjoyed a few days with our inlaws. My step-dad in law, Charlie, is a terrific guy. His varied life experiences include working coal mines, Naval submarining and an incredible and lucrative talent at wood-carving. (He once sold a piece to John Denver) He's also a hell of a good cook. When you're in Marble, get someone to fire up the grill, and then find some fresh rainbow trout.
A little lemon pepper, some well-soaked chunks of mesquite, and you're in business.
Favorite Dish: The best local dish in the Marble area would have to be the freshly caught trout. The Crystal River runs right through town, and it's very possible to enjoy a meal that was swimming less that three hours earlier.
Simple is best, folks.
There is a tiny private grass field in Marble, Colorado. The runway itself is actually quite long, with an easily negotiable distance of maybe 6000 feet. It's also very wide.
BUT, this isn't for the faint of heart. The runway runs pretty much east and west. The windsock is intermittently present, depending on whether anyone has made sure it hasn't blown away.
AND, the runway is right in a valley, or make that a canyon. If you have any issue making your landing, you'd best pay attention as you climb out for a go-around. It won't be more than a few miles before you'll be faced with sheer mountain slopes. Pay attention and be very, very careful.
I have about 400 hours as a private pilot, VFR rated only. No freakin' way I'd land in Marble. Too rich for my blood. :)
About the only place in town to get a bite to eat, or a cold drink would be the Marble General Store. In true General Store tradition, these folks have a little of everything. Clothing, gardening supplies, rocks, food, drink, medicine, art, whatever.
And even more fun....just talking to the people who run the place. They're genuinely friendly folks. And, buy some food...you'll be surprised to learn that everything is reasonably fresh and fairly priced. I'm sure the owners will appreciate your support.
Fondest memory: At the General Store, my wife specifically enjoyed looking at the homemade clothing and cloth items. They've set up an embrodiery machine and have actually made some really pretty stuff.