Colorado April 18, 2019
There’s A Hike In Colorado That Leads You Straight To An Abandoned Village
Don’t you just love taking a hike where the reward at the end is even greater than getting fresh air and exercise? So do we! While there are a number of different ways you can reap these rewards, we recommend beginning with this Colorado hike that leads you straight to an abandoned village:
Once upon a time, mining was king in Colorado, and communities began popping up overnight as new mines opened - including the once-prosperous town of Carson.
Located in the Gunnison National Forest, Carson was founded in 1889 and reached its peak around 1900, when gold and silver ores were abundant in the area.
Like nearly every mining story you hear, Carson met its ultimate fate when ores began to run dry, which - along with the brutal Continental Divide winters - drove residents out by the troves.
Today, Carson sits abandoned yet beautiful, boasting many of the same buildings that came around the time of its conception.
If you have an affinity for long hikes and/or ghost towns, you are in luck, as Carson boasts not only a ton of history, but also a must-see, seven-mile, out-and-back trail!
Access to the trail can be found near Lake City via southbound Colorado Highway 149, which you take for 2.3 miles to Road 30. Stay on Road 30 until the Wager Bulch Road sign, which is the marker for the trail.
Don't feel like walking this time? You can go off-roading, too!
Here’s a handy map to help you find your way:
Are seven miles a bit too much and you’d rather start with something shorter? Then why not try
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