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Somerset, Co. is tucked between two stunning national forests on the edge of Gunnison and Delta counties. This historic coal-mining community, which still produces some cleaner-burning coal known as black gold, is today a gold mine for outdoor enthusiasts. The town, hidden in southwest Colorado, is also part of the Elk Loop Scenic and Historic Byway, a 205-mile journey that passes through some of Colorado's most dramatic landscapes. The route along Colorado 133 features spectacular mountain vistas, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, wide-open ranches, and mining remnants of yesteryear.

Just west of Somerset is the turn-off to Kebler Pass, the scenic back route to Crested Butte. The pass is a popular four-wheel-driving and hiking destination during the summer, but the unpaved route is closed in the winter. Kebler Pass is also an ideal tour for viewing the changing of the aspen trees each September.

In addition to the activities along Kebler Pass, Paonia State Park, located at the junction of Colorado 133 and County Road 12, offers boating, hiking, and camping. One of Colorado's most picturesque state parks, it's an idyllic spot for photography.

Map: Somerset

Region: Southwest Regional Information

County: Gunnison

Proximity to other towns: Located 159 miles from Boulder, 11.2 miles from Marble, 20 miles from Paonia, 24.7 miles from Crested Butte, 27.5 miles from Crawford

Population: 488

Elevation: 6042 feet

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