Colorado’s Ghost Towns: Part 2

ghostTownsP2Earlier this month, we spotlighted some of the fascinating ghost towns in and around Ouray you can explore during your Jeep excursion. We’re continuing our series with some additional towns to explore. Try something new in 2017 and get to know Colorado’s intriguingly rich history!

Located on the Alpine Loop National Scenic Back Country Byway, Capitol City is a ghost town founded in 1876 by George T. Lee who once hoped it would become the capital of Colorado. In fact, Lee would go as far as to build a mansion made of brick in Capitol City with the intention of becoming the governor. Although Lee’s plans didn’t work out the way he had hoped, you can still catch a glimpse of what Capitol City was all about.

Found 12,000 feet atop the Continental Divide, reaching Carson City is not for the inexperienced or those with time constraints. The work involved in reaching the ghost town pays off once you’ve caught a glimpse of its stunning vistas and fascinating historical structures that take you back in time to the days when mining camps were aplenty. Carson City was established in 1882.

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.