There are hundreds of abandoned sites around Colorado that once stood as towns of the late 19th century mining boom. Here’s a road trip through the state that hits some of the most well-preserved ghost towns.

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Worth a mention is the ghost town of Cokedale on the Highway of Legends (Hwy 12). Those ovens are really something. Always puts me in mind of an old tune by Tennessee Ernie Ford - "you load 16 tons & what do you get,... I owe my soul to the company store."


St Elmo is great to visit and a beautiful drive from Buena Vista. If it is still there - be sure to visit Chipmunk town - and feed the chipmunks and ground squirrels.


LovetheMountains, if you loved the mountains so much, you would know that you NEVER feed the wildlife. You are killing the chipmunks and ground squirrels that you feed. They won't survive the winter because they will have the wrong type of fat stored in their body. And you are making them a nuisance for other people. Have respect for the outdoors, the environment and the animals that live there.


Cripple Creek/ Victor seems to be missing.


Not really ghost towns but definitely worth visiting. Also Central City - Black Hawk used to be more historic - now lots of casino's.Another great area for ghost towns and abandoned mine sites - from Idaho Spring go up Virginia Canyon, over "Oh My God Road" and on to Central City.


Genoa. It's not technically a ghost town. But it might as well be.

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