Colorado August 20, 2018
Follow This Abandoned Railroad Trail For One Of The Most Unique Hikes In Colorado
With a glorious three-day weekend on the horizon (thank you, Labor Day!), it is time to begin planning what all you wish to see and do around the Centennial State! If it is adventure, nature, AND history that you crave, we have just the thing to satisfy your appetite. Check out this abandoned Colorado railroad trail:
Located near Boulder is the Switzerland Trail; a 9.3-mile point-to-point trail that runs through the always-green Roosevelt National Forest.
Best used from May until October, Switzerland Trail is a hotspot for not just hikers, but bikers and off-roaders as well. It features wide paths and trails...
...lots of lush trees, shrubs, and rocky cliffs...
...and even a lovely meadow setting.
While everything I just mentioned may seem somewhat standard for a Colorado trail, Switzerland is extremely unique, thanks to its history as a former railroad line for the Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific Railway...
If you have never heard of the Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific, you are not alone, as the line was wiped out and never rebuilt after a devastating flood in 1894.
...Colorado & Northwestern Railroad...
Started in 1897, the Colorado & Northwestern was the answer to the destruction of the Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific, in turn rebuilding the line and assisting in the local mining and tourism industries.
...and Denver, Boulder & Western Railroad.
After the financial Panic of 1907, the Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific was sold off and soon began operating as the Denver, Boulder & Western, which continually declined until another flood came through in 1919 and again washed away the tracks and trail.
After it was decided that rebuilding the line was not feasible, the area was converted into the trail that we know and love today.
If you like what you see, you will love the Switzerland Trail even more in person, as these photos do not do it justice!
Here’s a handy map to help you find it:
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