Lake City became a silver boomtown in the late 1800s, but the town declined along with the silver and gold mines in the area before rebounding as a tourist center.
Lake City was one of the boomtowns from the gold and silver rush in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today’s it’s best-known for the accused cannibal Alferd Packer.
Silverton was a gold and silver mining boomtown that drew the likes of Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp in the 1800s. It also attracted entrepreneur Otto Mears, who built a toll road connecting Silverton with Ouray.
Visitors to Silverton, many of them arriving on the narrow gauge train from Durango, will see the remains of a mining town that boomed from silver and gold discoveries in the 1870s.
Uravan is an atomic-era ghost town, named after the uranium and vanadium ores that were processed there for most of the 20th century.
Aspen has dozens of historic buildings, and many of them can be explored on foot. Take this walking tour that includes the Jerome Hotel, Wheeler Opera House, The Red Onion restaurant and Wagner Park.
Here’s a one-day itinerary to help you get the most out of a hunt for dinosaurs in the Grand Junction area, including dinosaur quarries and a dinosaur museum.
Grand Junction has been a center for dinosaur discoveries and features the red-rock spires of the Colorado National Monument and fruit orchards and wineries.
Crested Butte has long gone its own way as a town and a ski resort. The town was built on coal, not gold or silver, and the ski resort has been family-owned.
Here’s a one-day itinerary to help you get the most out of a hunt for dinosaurs in the Denver area, including a dinosaur quarry and dinosaur museums.