Most visitors to the Crystal Valley are surprised to learn the historic Crystal Mill is privately owned. Emmett Gould, great grandfather of the current owner, was one of the early men who started mining in Aspen when it began in the late 1800s. Gould decided that it would be much more profitable to feed the miners and prospectors than it was to try to find silver himself, so he started a general store and food service and made his mark. After he became successful, Emmett Gould started to spend more time in the town of Crystal and fell in love with the Crystal Valley. Two events shifted Colorado mining dramatically: the oncoming threat of World War I and the silver market crash. As local prospectors fled, Emmet was more than willing to purchase their land and mines in Crystal and the surrounding area. At the time of his death, Emmet had more than sixty mining claims that he was able to pass down to his three daughters.
As the family grew, and the land was passed down through the next generations, it became important for the family to be able to open the town to visitors so more people could enjoy the beauty of the area as well as the history of Crystal.
Today people can hike or take a 4x4 vehicle to visit the historic mill. Along with site seeing our guests can stay in one our 1800s cabins, shop at the General Store, and enjoy many outdoor activities in the surrounding area. The income from our visitors and guests allows the family to have an income source to be able to preserve the historic buildings in town as well as maintain the Crystal Mill.