What is the Quarry (Colorado Stone Quarries) business phone number? 970-704-9002

Who owns the Quarry Road (County Road 3)? Ownership of the road was contested at one time, outcome being it is indeed a Gunnison County road. The right-of-way is 60 feet, 30 feet to either side of center line. While the road is owned by the County, by agreement 100% of the maintenance is done by Colorado Stone Quarries. By law, the road can be closed for various reasons (just like any 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 it safe to drive Quarry Road? If you drive with caution and memorize pull-outs on this 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, long. 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. If you have a radio scanner, you can listen to the hill truck driver transmitting his location. See this blog post.

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? As of 2014, NO. Decades ago there actually was public access to an overlook, this has been closed for some time due to the tragic failure of Gunnison County to adequately defend what everyone took for granted for more than a century as a public right of way. Private property owners did at one time attempt to allow visitors and charge for use of the trail, but the trail to the overlook is now private and gated. Warning: Numerous websites and older newspaper articles imply you can still hike to the Quarry, this erroneous and dated web info causes hundreds of people every year to drive Quarry Road expecting to hike to the Quarry.

Can I see the Quarry from anywhere I can drive to? NO, it is an underground mine. While driving up Quarry Road you can see the white scrap pile in the distance. When closer, you can’t even see that.

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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