Less than 30 minutes from Gunnison and Crested Butte is the town of Almont, home to Harmels on the Taylor. The closest airport to Harmels is the Gunnison – Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC). Fly into one of these nearby airports for a scenic drive through western Colorado:
Harmels on the Taylor is located on the western side of the Continental Divide at 8,412 ft. We are just north of Gunnison, Colorado and a little south of the ski area of Crested Butte. Please note we are in a rural area; sometimes map finders and GPS devices do not work well. If you would like to plug our address – it should read: 6748 County Road 742, Almont, CO 81210.
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Take highway 135 north heading towards Almont and Crested Butte. You will drive approximately 10.5 miles from Gunnison to Almont. You will notice the mph signs go from 55mph to 35mph when you get into Almont proper. There will be a sign on the right side of the road reading: Almont Post Office, Taylor Reservoir, etc. Turn right heading east on this road which is County Road 742 also called Taylor Canyon Road or Taylor River Road. Drive for approximately seven miles up CR 742. Harmels main drive is on the right side of the road. When you drive down the main drive you will see the dining room and saloon, hang a left to head towards the office
Monarch Pass takes a little longer than Cottonwood Pass, but Monarch Pass is paved the entire way with passing lanes going uphill, better road signs, and more guard rails. If you need to stop by a super market, liquor store or sporting goods store to pick up your Colorado State Fishing License in Gunnison before coming to the ranch, this would be the best route to take. The drive takes approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours from Denver.
Airport Exit on Peña Blvd.
50 West (Gunnison, follow directions above)
**Cottonwood Pass is closed from November until late May**
Cottonwood Pass cuts off about 30 to 45 minutes of your time, making it approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Take care, especially if you are not used to mountain driving. It’s an exceptionally beautiful drive with a great possibility of viewing wildlife. Take your time and remember the uphill driver has the right of way for mountain driving etiquette.
Airport Exit on Peña Blvd
24 North at Johnson Village to Buena Vista
Turn left (west) at the town’s only stop light with the sign reading “Cottonwood Pass”
At the end of Cottonwood Pass take a left on the paved road (County Road 742)
Follow CR 742 for approximately 20 miles to Harmel’s Ranch Resort.
This drive is approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours to Harmels on the Taylor.
50 West (Gunnison; follow directions above)
This way takes approximately 4 hours to Harmels on the Taylor.
91 South to Leadville
24 South to Buena Vista
From here you can choose to go over Cottonwood Pass or keep going South on 24 to 50 West to go over Monarch Pass.