The Spooky Colorado Hike That Will Lead You Somewhere Deserted

Now that the holiday season is coming to a close, it is time to get outside and work off some of those pesky pounds from all of those delicious and carb-o-rific seasonal treats! Our suggestion? Heading out to Victor and hiking to the deserted Skaguay Power Plant!

Opened 1901, the Skaguay Power Plant was the world’s first steel-reinformed and rock-faced dam that supplied electricity from Victor to the Canon City area. Closed in 1965 (after the nearby dam failed), the Skaguay Power Plant hike boasts 10-miles (roundtrip) of beautiful streams, trees, cliffs, and the pièce de résistance: the remains of the historic plant. Access to the out-and-back hike can be found off Hwy 81 in Victor via the Skaguay Reservoir.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Ready to get an even better look at this exciting hike? Watch this video from YouTube user Russell Mark:

For even more of our favorite hikes, check out these 11 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Colorado Should Take.