We spent about six hours here on two days in early July. It was an easy drive from our Durango home base. At about 11200 ft, this abandoned mining town, under continual restoration, is set in the beautiful Colorado High Rockies.
A few facts from the local signage and brochure available for any donation: The first cabin was built in 1873 and a decade later, in 1883, 450 people lived here. The Duncan house, a three story Victorian, was built in 1879. A giant stamp mill was built in 1904, plus 12,600' elevation tram, a boarding house for 150 workers
The most wonderful thing about this place is that visitors are welcome to explore in and around the buildings on their own. So photography opportunities abound.
And in early July, the hills were covered in Colorado Columbines and many other kinds of flowers. Some of our pictures showed as many as nine species in one image. I can not imagine a more "peak" time to see high country flowers.
Advice - For those with a 4WD vehicle, confident driving skills and a map, there's a couple of roads continuing up the mountain to Cinnamon Pass and other higher areas. More spectacular scenery and flowers.
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