Colorado’s Tucked Away Ghost Towns

Among the most exciting activities when exploring Ouray and beyond is discovering the wealth of ghost towns which now serve as remnants of Colorado’s mining past. While many of them are fairly simple to reach, you may find that the ones tucked high away in the mountains are harder to reach yet more intriguing.

When Denver became Colorado’s capital, George T. Lee had high hopes that he would receive the honor from his Capitol City, built in 1876. Unfortunately, it wasn’t going to be. Although the status may never have been achieved by Capitol City, many of its remains are intact.

Close to Lake City and Silverton, Tobasco Mine and Mill was a large gold mining operation. Although most of it is gone, you can still visit the 1902-built Tobasco Cabin. The cabin is the only surviving building that retains the once thriving glory of the area.

Carson City, founded in 1882, is fairly inaccessible to most citizens at an altitude of more than 11,900 feet. The drive is long and treacherous, but they will be handsomely rewarded for those who have the ability and patience. There are many preserved historical institutions to be appreciated and the views are simply rapturous.

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