Discover roadside galleries and summer's bounty on Colorado's State 133
Art enclaves, fruit stands bursting with cherries, and high passes crowded with wildflowers: From Carbondale to Paonia, Colorado’s State 133 makes for a colorful drive. The 60-mile route is short enough to drive easily in a day; stay near Paonia to make this a leisurely weekend from Denver.
Start out in Carbondale with a hearty breakfast of cornmeal pancakes at the Village Smithy. Then wander Main Street galleries like Kahhak Fine Arts & School, where you can watch painter Majid Kahhak at work.
Head south through the Crystal River Valley to Redstone, a town shaped in the late 1800s by coal-mining entrepreneur John Cleveland Osgood. Osgood built dozens of cottages, some of which now house shops and galleries. The Redstone Art Center is the largest; you might watch owner Beverly Goss carving in the studio.