FAQ

What is the Quarry (Colorado Stone Quarries) business phone number? 970-874-6118

Who owns the Quarry Road (County Road 3)? Ownership of the road was contested at one time, the courts decided it is a Gunnison County public road. The right-of-way is 60 feet, 30 feet to either side of center line. While the road is owned by the County, Colorado Stone Quarries maintains it. By law, the road can be closed for various reasons (like any other public or private road). Natural hazards such as excessive avalanche danger can instigate road closures, as will blockage of the road by accidents, avalanches, or rockslides.

Is driving the road dangerous because of the mine trucks, or other drivers? If you drive with caution and memorize pull-outs on this steep, mostly one-lane road, you can drive safely. A large, heavily loaded “hill truck” hauls huge loads of marble blocks down the road. The hill truck is a semi tractor and lowboy trailer rig, it is long and wide. Encountering the hill truck on a narrow section of the road is difficult. To avoid, you can stop at the quarry office at the beginning of the road and inquire as to the location of the truck. A pilot car precedes each run of the hill truck. If you encounter the pilot car, you’ll be asked to pull aside and wait for the truck to pass. If you value your life, please do so.

If you encounter another driver, Colorado law dictates the uphill vehicle has the right-of-way. The stone trucks are excepted from this rule. In actuality, other than the stone truck, the normal procedure is for the driver with the best access to a pullout to pull over and stop. In all cases, avoid coming too close to the outside edge of the dirt road, which can collapse.

If you have a radio scanner, you can listen to the hill truck driver transmitting his location. See this blog post.

What about driving the road in winter?
Four wheel drive is mandatory, and you should have experience with driving steep, snow covered roads without guardrails or other protections. The road crosses avalanche paths. Many years of constant winter use have proven the drive to be reasonably safe during moderate and low avalanche hazard. Do not drive or otherwise travel the road during high hazard.

What type of land ownership and management exists in the area? Quarry Road (CR3) is a public road owned by Gunnison County. Land beyond the road right-of-way is mostly public U.S. Forest Service, with a smattering of private parcels, some obvious, some not. The bulk of the public land accessed from Quarry Road is legal Federal Wilderness. It’s important for snowmobilers to note that due to the amount of legal Wilderness as well as private land parcels, there is absolutely ZERO opportunity for snowmobiling accessible from Quarry Road. Property owners on Quarry Road will immediately report any private land trespassing or mechanized trespassing in Wilderness.

Is there public access to the famous Yule Marble Quarry? NO. The non-underground Quarry is visible from the public closure gate, about 3 miles up Quarry Road. The operation is mostly underground.

Warning: Numerous websites and older newspaper articles imply you can hike to a Quarry overlook, this erroneous and dated web info causes hundreds of people every year to drive Quarry Road expecting to hike to the Quarry. Again, you can NOT hike to the Quarry.

Are there any beginner ski or snowshoe trails available from Quarry Road? NO, all terrain available from Quarry Road is advanced. Regarding snowshoes, please know that if you choose to use snowshoes on a trail created by skiers, you will probably ruin the trail. Skiers will not take kindly to this. If you choose to snowshoe, make your own trail rather than being a parasite on an existing track made by skiers.

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  1. Mike

    How sane would a car bivy at a TH on quarry road be, assuming “normal” weather, and the vehicle is well off the road and not in an avy path? Does the haul truck run at night? Is the road plowed at night?

  2. Angus Morrison

    Great link to this radar http://kdvr.com/weather/maps-and-radar/interactive-radar/ !

    Do you know of sking up north fork lost trail creek? Arkansas mountains N side looks fun, treed and safe from snow slides. Have you ever explored here? I have been scouring google earth to try to find nice low-angle sugar trees. What about access to this site. How far can you typically drive up the crystal road? Can you make it up Dans Hill to the split? Thanks for your time Lou

  3. Editor Skier

    Hi Angus, I’ve been back in there in the spring and there is indeed some stuff. Tougher to get to in winter though people have told me they do it. Dans Hill isn’t snow plowed, so getting up there just depends on how much snow is on the road, only way to find out is go. People do snowmobile up there now and then. Let me know if you find some stuff on that North Side of Arkensas. Lou

  4. Scott Franklin

    Is it cool to camp on the Quarry Road in one of the parking areas?

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