Ghost towns may be relegated largely to television and classic movies, but there are still plenty that exist in real life. One of the coolest and perhaps spookiest things you can do when visiting Ouray is to check out it’s various ghost towns that offer a glimpse of the past and Colorado’s amazing history. We have a couple of suggestions for the next time you stay in one of the Alpenglow rentals.
Thomas Walsh established Camp Bird Mine way back in the late 1800s, in 1896 to be precise. Back then, it was one of the most successful mines in the world, producing over $25 million in gold until the early 1900s.
Red Mountain Town is located just off of famous Highway 550 close to the crest of Red Mountain Pass. As the home of National Bell Mine, it was once home to over 9,000 people and boasted numerous businesses, though the winter seasons were often brutal.
Founded in 1883, Ironton Townsite still stands to this day at nearly 10,000 feet of elevation near the north end of the Red Mountain Mining District. It may be a ghost town today, but during its heyday, it was among the wealthiest. A couple of its old buildings remain intact.
This update is provided by the Ouray vacation rentals of Alpenglow, located in Ouray, Colorado and presented by Twin Peaks Lodge and Hot Springs. We provide unique Ouray Colorado condos and townhouses located near some of the best restaurants, shops, and activities in the city. Call 866.739.4917 or 970.919.0380 for more information or to make your reservation.