Devil's Punchbowl

Marble, Colorado 81623

Devil's Punchbowl

Devil's Punchbowl Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Every year, thousands of tourists drive their SUVs to the famous Crystal Mill and the historic town of Crystal. Only the most serious four-wheelers continue up through the Devil’s Punchbowl. Drivers with some experience, who don’t wish to tackle the Devil’s Punchbowl, can loop back to Marble via Lead King Basin. This should not be attempted when the trail is wet. Both the Devil’s Punchbowl and Lead King Basin are open to ATVs. Stay on marked routes at all times. The first portion of the trail to the Crystal Mill is rocky but doable in a stock 4x4. East of the town of Crystal, the road becomes extremely narrow as it climbs steeply along the daunting vertical walls of Crystal Canyon. You may have to back up a long distance if you meet an oncoming vehicle. Rock slides are common and occasionally close the trail. Snow lingers in the shadows of the canyon most of the summer. There have been years when this part of the trail has not opened at all. The group with which I traveled included a stock Cherokee. It struggled in spots but managed, with an experienced driver, to complete the entire trail without damage. (Note: Several fatal accidents have occurred on this trail, including the worst in Colorado history. In July of 1970, nine tourists died when their vehicle plummeted off the ledge above the Devil’s Punchbowl.)"

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9/4/2016
Never made it to Devil's Punchbowl. Couldn't make it up Schofield Pass in my stock 2015 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. We came from Hwy 133 through Marble and Crystal. Found the bridge and couldn't negotiate the first right hander going up. I would recommend high ground clearance with expanded suspension travel to make it up from the west. We talked to several people that made it to Crystal from the east.
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Trail Information

Marble
Nearby City
10.7
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
ATVs and dirt bikes
Vehicles
Difficult
Difficulty
2 hours or more
Duration
Spring through fall; when snow free
Season
White River National Forest
Local Contacts
Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer; White River National Forest map; Trails Illustrated Maroon Bells, Redstone, Marble #128
Local Maps

Trail Log