It was in the late 1800s when Redstone was first settled by one of the famous robber barons, John Cleveland Osgood, who expanded his coal mining empire with a somewhat utopian project of “industrial paternalism.” He built what is now the Redstone Inn and 84 cottages to house his employees and their families plus the opulent 42-room Cleveholm Manor, or “Redstone Castle,” for himself. Osgood’s experiment failed when the mines closed in 1909, and an attempt by his widow to turn the buildings into a resort collapsed during the Depression. Redstone has slowly risen from the ashes and defied the fate of having lapsed into another Colorado ghost town. Still, the old coke ovens along Highway 133 are vivid reminders of the region’s past resource-extraction history where coal, marble, slate, silver, lead, zinc and uranium were mined.
Facts: population: 130; elevation 7,203 feet; land area: 0.44 square mile
Known as the “Ruby of the Rockies,” Redstone today is an established community of artisans, a small year-round population, several second-home owners and an historic district lined with galleries, a general store, restaurants, and lodging. It attracts tourists, outdoor enthusiasts and photographers. It’s no wonder. The town and, indeed, the entire Crystal River Valley, is replete with endless mountain scenery, towering red cliffs, clear river waters, natural hot springs, and pristine wilderness. It offers an abundance of diversions in the summer, fall and winter: fly-fishing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, camping, horseback riding, cross-country skiing/snowshoeing, and more. Wildflowers abound in summer and the fall brings an unparalleled autumn display of color. Mother Nature is at her best throughout the area.
Close to Redstone, at an elevation of 7,992 feet, lies the town of Marble, another mountain gem with a population of 131 residents. It is home to the famous Yule Marble Quarry that produces a premium quality of marble reputed to rival the best of Italian stone. Fact: the marble from the Yule Quarry was used for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., among many other famous memorials and buildings.
Further along County Road 3, five miles past Marble, lies Crystal City, essentially a ghost town, save for a few summer residents, and the site of the most picturesque Crystal Mill. Built in 1883, the mill was used to provide power to the town in its silver mining days. For decades it has been the subject of many a photographer’s and artist’s keen eye.
The spectacular Crystal River Valley, considered to be one of Colorado’s top attractions, extends from the Town of Carbondale, with Mount Sopris rising above it, to Redstone and on to Marble and Crystal City. It is a part of the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway for good reason.
- 8 Beds
- 6 Baths
- 8,000 SqFt
- 11 Acres
Crystal River Compound. An unprecedented parcel of land with the ability to develop three homes on almost eleven acres with total privacy. Over 1000 feet of Crystal River frontage. It is rare to own both sides of the river and compelling to have...
- 17 Beds
- 9 Baths
- 7,708 SqFt
- 7.78 Acres
Great opportunity to own historic Chair Mountain Ranch. Business has established nightly rental and wedding event income. Future bookings are included! Property encompasses a main home, five rental cabins, two rental apartments, outbuildings and a...
- 3 Beds
- 1 Bath
- 3,759 SqFt
- 8½ Acres
Yellowstone on the Crystal! Hot Springs Ranch is a private, gated property in the heart of the Crystal River Valley, boasting natural hot springs, awe inspiring views, world class fly-fishing, and resident herds of elk and Bighorn Sheep. Nearly 9 ...
- 4 Beds
- 2 Baths
- 3,044 SqFt
Want to live in ''serenity''? Take in the views from this sunny and light 4 bedroom home surrounded by the mountains, red rocks, aspen trees, wildlife and summer wildflowers. Easy drive to Carbondale or Marble from this popular Crystal River Par...
- 3 Beds
- 2 Baths
- 2,430 SqFt
This well-kept multi-use property in mid-town Redstone offers a new owner many options for the future. Two nicely furnished residential units have been rented on a nightly basis while the office space is currently leased providing steady income. ...
- 4 Beds
- 3 Baths
- 2,846 SqFt
Discover why Redstone is nicknamed the ''Ruby of the Rockies'' as you entrench yourself in the benefits of a mountain lifestyle. Let the enrichment of life begin as you explore the area and take advantage of the cultural and recreational outlets a...
- 2 Beds
- 1 Bath
- 1,032 SqFt
Absolutely charming turn of the century home on the Boulevard in Historic Redstone! The home is in turn key condition with new hardwood floors, added insulation, new gutters with heat tape, all new light fixtures and a fresh coat of paint. Perfe...
- 95,832 SqFt
- 2.22 Acres
ROCKY MOUNTAIN TREASURELocated on 476 feet of prime Crystal River frontage near Redstone, Colorado, is this 2.22 acre property. With views of Mt. Sopris and the spectacular towering Redstone cliffs the lot is only 2 miles north of downtown Redsto...
- 14,374 SqFt
Redstone Blvd on the River! Great riverfront lot on the Blvd. Walk to the downtown restaurants and shops or sit by the river and enjoy the views and the sound of the water. Great spot to build your getaway place or a full time residence! No tap ...
- 93,654 SqFt
- 2.15 Acres
Located in Western Colorado's Crystal Valley, this forested acreage is just a short walk from historic Redstone and its boulevard shops, restaurants and galleries. End-of-the-road privacy is complimented with dramatic views of Mt. Sopris and the M...
- 130,680 SqFt
- 3 Acres
This incredible three-acre parcel offers everything you are looking for in regards to mountain living. The location of this property offers incredible views, nice sun, privacy, mature Evergreens and Aspens, year-round access, no HOA and adjoins co...
The information being provided by the Aspen/Glenwood Springs MLS is exclusively for consumers' personal, non-commercial use, and it may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing. The data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.