Explore Alta Ghost Town

0.5 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Alyssa Teboda

Visit one of Colorado’s historic treasures nestled between Telluride and Ophir. This nicely-preserved ghost town sits at an elevation of 11,800 feet and includes several original buildings from the old mining town that was active from 1877 to 1948. The cabin, boarding house, and other structures look stunning against the high-alpine background.

Alta Ghost Town is located about 10 miles from Telluride on Alta Lakes Road. Take the rugged dirt road approximately 2 miles until the ghost town appears on the left.

Hike up the short trail to view the remnants of the old mining town with many of the buildings still standing, including the impressive boarding house. The Alta townsite came into existence after gold was discovered in the area and only a few hundred people ever lived there. A fire burned the mine’s mill and it closed for good.

Even though the hike is short the photo opportunities make it worth the trip. Wilson Peak can be seen through some of the log cabin windows that are still intact and the entire area is surrounded by aspen trees. This would be a great place to visit in autumn when the leaves change.

After viewing the ghost town, continue on Alta Lakes Road another mile to reach the Alta Lakes recreation area - a haven for hiking and camping around three spectacular alpine lakes.

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3 months ago

Cool Area

The ghost town at Alta lakes is a cool stop if your visiting Telluride. The nearby lake draws a lot of visitors to the area so it is often crowded.

Very cool

Fun little adventure

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