A Must See: the Crystal Mill
You’ve probably seen it in magazines, on TV, on postcards and maybe even on hotel walls. However, what you probably didn’t know the Crystal Mill is not only as one of the most photographed places in Colorado, but in all of the United States and is only third to Grand Tetons in Wyoming and the Alamo in San Antonio Texas.
Perched precariously on top of a 15-foot waterfall on the Crystal River, the Mill has a rich history that you probably didn’t know about. Built back in 1893, this photogenic old water powerhouse was built just for that, to supply nearby ore, marble and silver miners with mechanically compressed air. And the most fascinating thing is that the Mill has never had electricity.
Being constructed more than a century ago, even one of its builders could have foreseen that it would one day be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and attract thousands of tourists every year. But it now does because it’s arguably one of the most beautiful areas you’ll ever get to see.
Located 6 miles east of the ghost town of Marble, the road to the Mill is narrow, grueling and can only be reachable in the summer and early fall with 4WD vehicles, mountain bikes, horseback or on foot.
As a stunning symbol of Colorado’s mining heritage, Crystal Mill is an awe-inspiring sight that was built in a golden aspen on the peak of a mountain. For more than a hundred years, it has stood vigil as a place where man and nature collide.