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Crystal, CO

July 20, 2008

The Crystal Mill (sometimes referred to as Dead Horse Mill) is one of the most photographed sites in Colorado.  It lies approximately 6 miles west of the town of Marble.  A mile or so past the mill is the town of Crystal, and beyond that is the infamous Schofield Pass which leads into Gothic and Crested Butte.  The road between Marble and the Mill has couple of spots that rate high on pucker factor.  Many parts of the run are narrow and can require a significant amount of backing up to yield the right of way.

This trail was actually our first experience wheeling a couple of years earlier in a rented Grand Cherokee.  It was that run that motivated the purchase of the Xterra a month later.

The town of Marble is home to an active marble quarry that produced the block of marble used in the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetary, as well as in numerous other buildings in Washington and other cities.  The quarry is several miles out of town. 

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