Tomboy

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Mark and Diane
Bonita Springs, FL5 contributions
Best burger ever!
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is a very cozy restaurant and has a nice menu. We had the Colorado burger with truffle fries along with lamb chop lollipops as an appetizer. The meal was great, I think it was the best burger we ever had! We ordered the peach pie with ice cream and it was truly unbelievable. The staff seemed light due to Covid, but the service was still very good.
Written August 16, 2021
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gypsymoth05
Tyler, TX62 contributions
Ghost rown
Aug 2021 • Family
This was the one thing my husband wanted to do on our trip to Telluride...so we all hopped in the jeep and took off to imogene pass with a stop at Tomboy. Well, we have never been so glad to stop on flat level and get out of the death trap and off the death mountain...haha seriously some of us were weepy on certain spots on this ride. Straight drop offs and parts were i was sure our jeep was going to fall off the cliff!

Tomboy was a welcome site! It was very interesting. I just wish there were signs everywhere that told you what was what. Example) this pile Of rubble was the school or this building was someone’s home.

There was one sign that told you a little
Bit about it but i couldn’t read half of it bc of the elements have deteriorated it.

Anyway, if you aren’t afraid of heights so this...if you are afraid, just close your eyes until you get to Tomboy :-)
Written August 15, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,373 contributions
One of the highest ghost towns in the United States
Aug 2020
I remember Tomboy, the way it was the first time my wife and I saw it, before somebody bought the property and turned it into private land. The first time, when we were visiting Telluride, Colorado, we arranged for a guide to take us to the old mining camp in a 4x4 vehicle that was able to master the narrow, winding dirt road to the top of the mountain overlooking Telluride. We were alone, just us and the guide. It was mid-July and the snow was 10 to 12 feet deep in places. At at elevation of 11,509 feet, Tomboy is one of the highest ghost towns in the United States. Founded in about 1890, Tomboy was the site of a mine that began producing gold ore in 1894. A stagecoach carrying passengers and mail would pass daily through Tomboy. With a population of about 2,000 in its heyday, Tomboy had a mill, store, saloons, restaurants, school, stable, brothel and cabins for the miners. Curiously, it also had a YMCA and tennis courts. The mine was sold for $2 million to the Rothschilds of London in 1897. It closed in 1928 although work in the mine tunnel continued until 1978. There was always somebody who thought he could strike gold one last time. Today, Tomboy can be accessed by hikers or by four-wheel drive vehicles. The settlement, which my wife and I were able to view up close and personal years ago, can been seen at a distance but visitors aren't allowed to tour the private property. But you can get a spectacular view of Telluride and 365-foot Bridal Veil Falls from the summit.
Written May 24, 2021
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VAtraveller17
Fairfax, VA164 contributions
Amazing ghost mining town that had over 2,000 people in it at one time
Jul 2018 • Family
We drove through and stopped on our way up to Imogene Pass. Just stunning views and almost inconceivable that this was once a bustling town of over 2,000 and Telluride was merely a supply hub for it. It is a busy jeep road as jeep roads go, and I'd say you would definitely need to know what you are doing, but it is not as technical as Black Bear. This and the Smugglers Union ghost mining town you pass first are just amazing remnants of a bygone era.
Written August 6, 2018
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Bkbak
Tempe, AZ1,276 contributions
HUGE ghost town
Jun 2018 • Couples
This ghost town is on the Tomboy 4x4 trail towards Imogene Pass from the Telluride side. It is HUGE! I'm actually surprised that historians haven't collected all the artifacts as there are so many pieces just laying around. With that said, don't take artifacts so that everyone can see them. There are chards of porcelain, pieces of leather from shoes, glass chards of different colors, and what appears to be blankets. I'd recommend looking at some images of what Tomboy used to be before you get there so that you can really enjoy the expanse of it. It's fun to look through the rocks for pretty ones.
Written June 24, 2018
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scrapbookchef
Utah71 contributions
Great Trail andGhost Town.
Sep 2017 • Couples
An old mining town on the Imogene Pass trail We took our Jeeps on the trail. Imogene pass trail begins on a cliff face trail that is moderate driving - not hard. One jeep in our party turned around because one of the passengers were very scared. Once you get to Tomboy there are not really cliff edges to drive on as there are at first. Very interesting history. Beautiful scenery and with a lot of diversity. There are public port a potties at Tomboy - fyi. This is a great trail to do. Make sure to have good driving skills and be prepared for fast changing weather. We started out in sumshine and ended up in a massive hail storm at the pass.
Written September 21, 2017
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389beverlyl
Pine14 contributions
Interesting stop on a jeep ride
Sep 2017 • Couples
Tomboy is an old abandoned mining town a the top of Imogene Pass We enjoyed the stop here and imaging what it would be like living in such a remote, difficult location.
Written September 11, 2017
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Thomas W
Estes Park, CO361 contributions
Great moderate off roading
Aug 2017 • Couples
Great moderate off roading. There are some very rocky places, but they are not difficult. There are great views.
Written August 16, 2017
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Biztraveler11
Los Angeles, CA146 contributions
4 Wheel Drive Trip to old ghost mines, plus drive through a tunnel
Jul 2017 • Couples
Excellent 4WD trip starting right in Telluride up to the old mining town (over 13,000 feet elevation). Loads of beautiful scenery, wildlife, and old ghost town remnants. Get out of your Jeep and hike around to see this area up close.
Written August 16, 2017
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,373 contributions
The most interesting of all ghost towns
Jun 2017
My wife and I love to investigate old ghost towns, mostly in the West, towns in Colorado or Montana or California that sprung up overnight with the discovery of gold or silver, then faded quickly when the veins ran out. One of the most interesting is Tomboy, which is situated high in the mountains overlooking Telluride, Colorado. Strangely, Tomboy isn't even listed in one book on ghost towns in Colorado. But we took a guided tour in a four-wheel vehicle to see for ourselves. It was the second week of July and snow was still piled as high as 12 to 14 feet in some places. The narrow, cliff-hanging road to Tomboy was harrowing. I suppose it's fair to say that Tomboy wasn't actually a town, just a very large gold mine with smelters and boarding houses and dance halls and saloons and brothels for miners. It's all rusty and dilapidated now. But a visitor can imagine what it must have been like in the early l900s before the gold ran out and the miners moved on to another strike in Leadville or Cripple Creek or Victor. Today, it has survived the elements of the high elevation as well or better than most ghost towns. The panoramic view from the top of the mountain, into the box canyon with its waterfalls that surrounds the thriving tourist town of Telluride, is spectacular.
Written August 12, 2017
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