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“Quiet ghost town, with a great little creek.”

Ashcroft Ghost Town
Ranked #16 of 102 things to do in Aspen
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Owner description: Once a prosperous silver mining town, the silver disappeared, the people moved out and the ghosts moved in. Twelve empty buildings stand as an eerie reminder of the community that was.
Arlington, Texas
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105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Quiet ghost town, with a great little creek.”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Didn't know what to expect, and didn't realize there would be a fee. But we paid, I can see that it would help with the upkeep of the buildings. A beautiful little area, some of the buildings had been restored and others run down. Historic little town, that was once larger than Aspen! Okay, that was long ago, but during the silver rush. Lots of photo's and artifacts to give you an idea on what it was like back in the day of mining, not easy!

Visited July 2013
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Claremont, California
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20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ghost Town”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Although the ghosts have obviously left Ashcroft also, it has several building still standing. Located only 11 miles from Aspen, it is nestled in a beautiful area...the scenery alone is worth the drive.

Visited July 2013
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Ithaca, New York
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59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Go at your pace through a ghost town”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

Ashcroft is located along a beautiful creek, with amazing 360 views. You can take your time walking through this little ghost town and imagine what life was like in that era.

Visited July 2013
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Snowmass, Colorado
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great History Lesson”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

The buildings are well preserved (or re-built well) and the placards explaining life in Ashcroft and the Roaring Fork Valley in general are informative. I like that you can into some of the houses and I love that there's an on-site "historian."
Plus the view of the valley is awesome.

Visited June 2013
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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“History you can still see and feel”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

50 years ago, after graduating from High School, I took my last vacation with my parents and siblings. One of the memorable places we visited was the ghost town of Ashcroft. My wife and I visited there recently and I was impressed that a group of Aspen citizens had undertaken the task of keeping the remaining building up and providing people to give visitors, the history of the area. No pets allowed and a $ 3.00 charge per person were well worth the price of admission. The ghost town has a number of buildings that were preserved, and the history is well laid out with various signs throughout the area. The hotel, that may have also been a brothel, has been preserved, which allows the visitor to see what it was like to live in the high mountains as a prospector in the 1880's. Beautiful scenery to go along with the history. I would caution you to watch out for some of the bicyclists, who seem to have no fear or common sense.

Visited July 2013
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