The John Denver Sanctuary is a memorial to the singer-songwriter, who lived in the Aspen area and wrote several songs about Aspen, including “Aspenglow” and “Starwood at Aspen.”
The Hinsdale County Museum features exhibits about the mining history and minerals of the Lake City area but is best known for its exhibit on murderer and accused cannibal Alferd Packer.
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.
A rare two-hole potty car used by miners underground is one of the exhibits at the San Juan County Historical Society Museum.
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.
The Mayflower Mill opened in 1929 with the latest technology to recover gold and silver from Silverton area mines. Today, it’s a national historic landmark with self-guided tours in the summer months.
The Old Hundred Mine offers one-hour tours that take visitors in train of mine cars on a trip one-third of a mile into Galena Mountain to see a gold vein and crystal formations.
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.