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ATV Time Travel Adventures To Colorado Ghost Towns

Club ride through Engineer Pass on the way to Animas Forks by underactive | Flickr

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)
Access: Easy
ATV Friendly Town: Lake City
Ideal Riding Season: Mid Summer – September

Detailed Write Up: Exploring The Alpine Loop – ATV Colorado

Colorado Ghost Towns: Animas Forks Ghost Town
Old cabin in Animas Forks Adam Baker | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Animas Forks Ghost Town
Abandoned buildings in Animas Forks Adam Baker | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Animas Forks Ghost Town
Looking down on Animas Forks afletch4141 | Flickr

Colorado Ghost Towns: Animas Forks Ghost Town
Abandoned home in Animas Forks afletch4141 | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Animas Forks Ghost Town
Animus Forks sign Abhijit Kamerkar | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Animas Forks Ghost Town
Interesting exterior in Animas Forks Mor | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: View from the Alpine Loop

Mountain views from the Alpine Loop robert thigpen | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: View from the Alpine Loop
Easy section on the Alpine Loop thigpen | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: View from the Alpine Loop
Amazing OHV route the Alpine Loop robert thigpen | Flickr

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
Usage: Moderate
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

Colorado Ghost Towns: St. Elmo
St. Elmo’s historic main street
Colorado Ghost Towns: St. Elmo
Lovely building in St. Elmo
Colorado Ghost Towns: St. Elmo
Flower pots in the windows at St. Elmo Andrew Davidoff | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: St. Elmo
St. Elmo General Store opens in the summer amanderson2 | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: St. Elmo
Tincup Colorado Larry Lamsa | Flickr
Driving Tincup Pass
View from Tincup Pass Nick Taylor | Flickr
Wildflowers on Cumberland Pass
Wildflowers near Cumberland Pass Scott Akerman | Flickr
Cumberland Pass Colorado
Cumberland Pass Jeff Milton | Flickr

Crystal Ghost Town & Crystal Mill – Schofield Pass, Marble CO

Location: Crested Butte CO
Skill Level: Extreme
Distance: 6 miles (one way)
Usage: Heavy
Season: Late July – fall. In heavy snow years, trail may not fully open.
Vehicles Allowed: 4×4, ATV, SxS, motorcycles.

Detailed Write Up: 10 Best ATV Trails In Colorado: Schofield Pass / Devil’s Punchbowl / Crystal Mill

Colorado Ghost Towns: Crystal Mill
Crystal Mill, one of the most photographed buildings in Colorado by Patrick McKay | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Crystal
Surviving building in Crystal Ghost Town by Misty Faucheux | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Crystal
Crystal Colorado Ghost Town by Misty Faucheux | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Crystal
Flowers in bloom in Crystal Ghost Town Misty Faucheux | Flickr
Schofield Pass trail sign
Schofield Pass sign by Nancy and Randy | Flickr
Schofield Pass Road
Don’t be fooled by this seemingly easy stretch of Schofield Pass Road by Ben Freeman | Flickr
Tough going on Schofield Pass
Tough going on Schofield Pass by LuceroPhotos | Flickr
Mt. Bellview as seen from Schofield Pass Road
View of Mt. Bellview from Schofield Pass Road by Jeff Lawson | Flickr

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)
Usage: Heavy
Season: April 1 – October 31
Vehicles Allowed: 4×4, ATV, SxS, motorcycles. High clearance

Detailed Write Up: Alta Lakes & Alta Ghost Town – Telluride CO

Colorado Ghost Towns: Alta
Mountain view in Alta Colorado by dana.m.wilson | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Alta
Alta Ghost Town by dana.m.wilson | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Alta Lakes
Scenic Alta Lakes trail view by Nick|Allen | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Alta Lakes
Cliff backdrop at Alta Lakes dana.m.wilson | Flickr
Paddling on Alta Lakes
Paddling on Alta Lakes by dana.m.wilson | Flickr
Alta Lakes Colorado
Looking down Alta Lakes by dana.m.wilson | Flickr
View from Alta Lakes
Dramatic cliffs at Alta Lakes CO by Nick|Allen | Flickr
Alta Colorado Ghost Town
Cabin at Alta CO by Nick|Allen | Flickr

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)
Usage: Moderate
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

Colorado Ghost Towns: Carson
Interesting perspective at Carson CO by Jane Nearing | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Carson
Abandoned hotel structure in Carson Ghost Town by Jane Nearing | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Carson
Graffiti interior in Carson by Jane Nearing | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Carson
Cool old ceiling remains in Carson Ghost Town by Jane Nearing | Flickr
Colorado Ghost Towns: Carson
Stable remains in Carson by Jane Nearing | Flickr
View past Lake San Cristobal on the Alpine Loop
The view past Lake San Cristobal on the Alpine Loop by Scott Ingram | Flickr
Lake San Cristobal on the Alpine Loop
Ride along the shores of Lake San Cristobal on the Alpine Loop on the way to Carson Colorado by Tom Wilberding | Flickr
Carson Colorado Ghost Town
Looking down on Carson from the Continental Divide road by Jane Nearing | Flickr

Featured Image For Colorado Ghost Towns – Animas Forks by underactive | Flickr

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