Colorado’s Ghost Towns: Part 1


Halloween may be over, but if you’ve spent any time in Ouray, Colorado or one of the neighboring areas, you may be aware that its rich history has lead to ghost towns that may or may not be haunted. If you’re so inclined, these spots are great to visit while you’re exploring Jeep trails.

Many of the mining towns were tiny places where only a few people dwelled, while others were home to thousands of residents. Many of these towns are a shadow of their former selves after having to endure the brutal winter season. However, the ruins that remain are fascinating and are often only accessible via a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Tomboy Mine was established in the early 1800s within Savage Basin. At its peak, it was home to about 900 residents before ultimately closing when ore reserves dried up by the late 1920s. If you’re an experienced person looking to explore a ghost town at high altitude, Governor Basin is home to the Virginius and Mountain Top Mines, situated at over 10,000 feet. Explore Mountain Top Mine and you’ll notice the old boarding house which still stands to this day.

This update is provided by Ouray Mountain Adventures, Incorporated. Our Ouray Jeep trails allow you to explore the Rocky Mountains and we offer full or half day reservations. For more information on our Jeep rentals in Ouray Colorado including available vehicles, rates, and rental policies, call 970.919.1005 or 888.919.3256. You can also visit us at 125 3rd Avenue, Ouray, Colorado 81427.