The Slate River flows from its source near Yule Pass in the Raggeds Wilderness Area almost 24 miles to its confluence with the East River just southeast of Crested Butte. The Aperture neighborhood has over 1,100 feet of Slate River frontage, which will include a private homeowner river park featuring a boulder fire pit with seating, a covered pavilion, recreation lawn, fishing deck and easy access for all your water activities.
From fishing to floating, the Slate River offers incredible recreational opportunities. Popular ways to explore this meandering waterway include canoes, inflatable kayaks, and stand up paddle boards, or SUP’s. Aperture homeowners will have easy, private access to the Slate River, and there is also an established put-in at the Gunsight Bridge upstream from Aperture and a take-out downstream near Skyland at the Brush Creek Road Recreation Path.
The Slate River Valley serves as a drainage into the Slate River Wetlands Preserve, just a few miles upstream from Aperture. This incredibly rich ecosystem extends almost seven miles along the Slate River and five miles along Washington Gulch. The Crested Butte Land Trust has preserved close to 1,200 acres in this area, including some of the highest quality wetlands in the state of Colorado.
The land and waters of the Slate River Valley provide valuable habitat for the many species of wildlife that share Aperture’s backyard, including elk, deer, fox, ermine, beaver, and great blue herons. These conserved lands also permanently protect Aperture’s stunning view corridor up the Slate River Valley to Paradise Divide.