Ready to take an end-of-the-summer road trip? We thought so! After gassing up the car and grabbing a few of your closest friends, follow this map to some of the most beautiful, yet haunting abandoned locations in Colorado. (Link to the original map can be found
1. Argo Tunnel (Idaho Springs)
Located next to the iconic Argo Gold Mine and Mill, this 4-mile water drain once connected all the major mines between Idaho Springs and Central City, making it the longest tunnel in that once prominent mining district.
2. Crystal Mill (Marble)
Is it just me or does Crystal Mill seem like its straight out of a Thomas Kindkade painting? The picturesque mill, which once served as a wooden powerhouse, is located just 7 miles southeast of Marble.
Like several (now) ghost towns of its time, Ashcroft was once a busy mining town that went into decline shortly after the area silver deposits ran dry. All that remains today are a few empty houses and buildings along the town's former Main Street.
4. St. Elmo
Quite possibly one of the most recognizable and well-preserved ghost towns in the state is that of St. Elmo; another once-booming, now deserted mining town that welcomes thousands of curious tourists each year.
5. Como Roadhouse (Como)
What is a roadhouse, you ask? A roadhouse is designated building that fixes different kinds of machines (in this case, trains). This distinct Como structure is the only narrow-gauge roundhouse that still remains in the state!