Colorado Ghost Towns
Animas Forks Ghost Town – Alpine Loop, Silverton CO
Length: 65 mile loop
Drive Time: 6-7 hours
Difficulty: Overall Easy / Moderate In Sections (rock outcroppings, drop offs)
ATV Friendly Town: Lake City
Ideal Riding Season: Mid Summer – September
Detailed Write Up: Exploring The Alpine Loop – ATV Colorado
St. Elmo Ghost Town – Miner’s Loop, Buena Vista CO
Start/End: St. Elmo CO
Ghost Towns: St. Elmo, Tincup, Woodstock and Hancock
Skill Level: Difficult
Distance: 44 miles
Season: Late July – fall.
Vehicles Allowed: 4×4, ATV, SxS, motorcycles. Short wheel base & high clearance.
Detailed Write Up: St. Elmo Ghost Town High Alpine Miner’s Loop CO
Crystal Ghost Town & Crystal Mill – Schofield Pass, Marble CO
Location: Crested Butte CO
Skill Level: Extreme
Distance: 6 miles (one way)
Season: Late July – fall. In heavy snow years, trail may not fully open.
Vehicles Allowed: 4×4, ATV, SxS, motorcycles.
Alta Lakes & Alta Ghost Town – Telluride CO
Start/End: Junction of CO 145 S & Alta Lakes Rd.
Ghost Towns: Alta Colorado
Skill Level: 85% Easy, 15% Moderate
Distance: 4.3 miles (8.6 mile out and back)
Season: April 1 – October 31
Vehicles Allowed: 4×4, ATV, SxS, motorcycles. High clearance
Detailed Write Up: Alta Lakes & Alta Ghost Town – Telluride CO
Carson Colorado – Alpine Loop, Lake City CO
Start/End: Lake City CO
Ghost Towns: Carson Colorado
Skill Level: 90% Easy, 10% Difficult
Distance: 32 miles (16 miles if done as an out and back)
Season: Late July – Fall
Vehicles Allowed: 4×4, ATV, SxS, motorcycles. Short wheel base & high clearance
Detailed Write Up: Carson Colorado Ghost Town – Lake City / Alpine Loop