We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Motorcycle tour nirvana

Colorado has some of the most beautiful roads beckoning to Motorcyclists. The West Elk Loop always... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
United States

This terrific stretch of highway as a scenic drive is easily one of the top viewpoints in Colorado... read more

Reviewed 7 December 2017
Carbondale, CO
Read all 50 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Scenic drive that winds through the Crystal River Valley, over McClure Pass to Crawford, Crested Butte, Kebler Pass and back to Carbondale.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good16%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crested butte” (8 reviews)
“mcclure pass” (11 reviews)
Carbondale, CO
Carbondale, CO
Write a ReviewReviews (50)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 49 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Colorado has some of the most beautiful roads beckoning to Motorcyclists. The West Elk Loop always hovers near the top of the list. A day trip can take up to 400 miles and cover 4 mountain passes. Atop The Grand Mesa, this particular route is...More

Thank 730joez
Reviewed 7 December 2017

This terrific stretch of highway as a scenic drive is easily one of the top viewpoints in Colorado. If you are road travelling to the western side of CO, make this a must drive because its spectacular. Probably looks its best from May thru September,...More

Thank ct1219
Reviewed 20 October 2017

This is a fantastic drive with many beautiful towns and hiking areas. A must do when visitng Colorado.

Thank johnY7709QU
Reviewed 14 October 2017

The drive from Carbondale over McClure pass is in full color now. This is the most spectacular fall color I have seen. Continue thru Paonia along the north rim of the Black Canyon to make this a trip you won't forget. Remember to take plenty...More

Thank hospitalitypro47
Reviewed 6 October 2017

This was the best fall drive we have done, the colors were fantastic. I got my best fall photos, ever.

Thank Robert J
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Lots of mountains and valleys. River makes it more dramatic. Manu photo stops, especially for fall colors. Hays Creek is a nice stop along with coke ovens.

Thank AdventureTripping
Reviewed 8 September 2017

I live on the West Elk Loop. Ten years ago I could sit on my deck and hear a car every 10 or 15 minutes. Now the traffic is constant. Last weekend I went to town driving the speed limit (50 mph) and I was...More

Thank shoopafun
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A fabulous loop for a road bike tour in late spring, summer or fall. If you have hearty tires, try Kebler Pass to Crested Butte, Not to be missed!

Thank Pamela0827
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This is such a beautiful drive and well worth it regardless of the weather. It was a very overcast day with the threat of rain but it was still spectacular throughout.

Thank Deanne A
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We did this whole Loop in one day and it was not a tough day/too long drive. We were renting in Sapinero CO and started/returned there. The whole route is breathtaking. Dramatic snow capped mountains, beautiful valleys stretching for miles, pristine lakes - I highly...More

1  Thank Sharon K
Nearby HotelsSee all Carbondale Hotels
The Redstone Inn
213 reviews
2.67 km away
Crystal River Villas
13 reviews
2.91 km away
Redstone Cliffs Lodge
71 reviews
3.20 km away
Wildwood Snowmass
282 reviews
26.16 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Redstone Inn
115 reviews
2.65 km away
Slow Groovin' BBQ
311 reviews
11.05 km away
Woody's Rollin Smoke at The Cook Shac
6 reviews
11.08 km away
The Stew Pot
643 reviews
26.22 km away
Nearby Attractions
Avalanche Ranch Hot Springs
70 reviews
10.04 km away
Crystal River Jeep Tours
59 reviews
10.93 km away
Snowmass Creek Outfitters
49 reviews
21.73 km away
Redstone Castle
72 reviews
1.45 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from West Elk Loop Scenic Byway staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines