Directions

How to get here.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

Internet/cell service is unreliable in Marble and Google Maps is inaccurate so PRINT THIS PAGE BEFORE YOU DRIVE!

Marble Lodge on the Beaver Lake Retreat
105 E Marble Street
Marble, CO 81623

Directions: Marble Lodge on the Beaver Lake Retreat Campus, overlooking Beaver Lake, is just over one hour from Aspen or Vail Airports, or two hours from Grand Junction. Depending on your driving route, follow the map along HWY 133 South from Carbondale or North from Paonia to the Gunnison County Road 3 (the Marble Road) near the North base of McClure Pass. From that turn, it is 6 miles East into Marble on a two-lane asphalt that passes a little church and the BBQ restaurant to a little bridge with metal railings. From that bridge take the very first left turn (about 100 yards) turning off the paved Road 3, and onto gravel EAST 3rd Street, at the little reflective yellow and black sign for Beaver Lake Retreat. Go 2 blocks North on gravel EAST 3rd Street, to the second right onto EAST Hill Street, at the second little reflective yellow and black sign, then straight EAST on EAST Hill Street up a short but steep drive to the 3-story log lodge.

NOTE: If you reach Beaver Lake itself or the old wrong lodge by the side of the paved road, there lie dragons. You have missed the EAST 3rd Street Left turn and must back-track to East 3rd Street and then to East Hill Street. DO NOT TRUST GOOGLE MAPS—WE’RE MOSTLY OFF THE GRID.

                    

Reminders: Carbondale (from north) and Paonia (from south) are the last towns with ordinary gas stations and grocery stores. Fill up and buy whatever food, snacks or other provisions that fit your plan, and avoid needless trips back out to shop. Drink lots of water and consider taking a few aspirin the day of travel to thin the blood…it works wonders at preventing altitude “sickness,” a tired and headachy feeling that effects some people coming from elevations below 5000 ft. The elevation of Marble is 8,000 feet.

Things to Bring: Depending on the season, and your plans, consider bringing items from this list of things guests have regretted having forgotten.

  • Camera with telephoto lens
  • Binoculars
  • Swim suit/trunks for the hot tub or canoeing
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes (snow boots in winter)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and brimmed hat
  • Small daypack and a non-leak water bottle
  • Hooded jackets, gloves, thick wool socks, clothes to dress in layers (even summer alpine weather and temperature differentials vary greatly with ascent or decent in elevation).
  • Fishing license and gear, compass, and maps for serious wilderness exploring
  • Rocky Mountain bird and wildflower guide books
  • Stories to read or tell around the fireplace or campfire
  • Musical instruments
  • One thin file of paperwork from office or school (not to really look at, but just for assuaging any latent guilt you might feel when getting away to Beaver Lake Retreat).