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“Interesting Site But Be Aware”

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.
Sydney
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58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Interesting Site But Be Aware”
Reviewed 26 January 2014

If you are expecting a Brady Bunch style old mining town ( remember that episode?), you will be disappointed. Very little remains of the once thriving town purported to be populated by over 2000 when silver was in abundance here. Today there are just a handful of old timber shacks that have since been restored. Most of these contain little internal interest since they are empty frames. Still it is a rather unique setting and worth the stop. Be aware that in winter you are supposed to buy a permit from the nearby hut because the site is situated on a cross country ski field. You are also supposed to wear snow shoes to access the site. Apparently there is a fine if you fail to comply. You may get some leniency from the ranger if you arrive later in the day and explain that you only wish to view the buildings.

Visited January 2014
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

Beside breaking my camera it was super fun and interesting. About 20 years ago we found a hatchet from the 1890's and donated it. They are plenty other things to find around there. There is great cross country skiing out there too. Both winter and summer have fun activities.

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NC
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Nice, quick stop”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Doesn't take long to visit and it's a very nice and colorful drive in the fall (from Aspen to Ashcroft). The information provided at the town is fascinating - read the pamphlets and the various historical markers at the site as they are really well done to show you the history of the place.

Visited October 2013
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Thank urbinato
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San Diego, California
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65 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Nice scenery, okay buildings”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

It was a beautiful drive to the ghost town. Once there, it is just a bunch of small old abandoned shacks. I'm a photographer and didn't find them particularly photographic. The drive in the Fall was wonderful though.

Visited September 2013
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Saint Petersburg, FL
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88 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“History well maintained”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

This easy to hike trail to Ashcroft was beautiful. For a photographer it was very nice to say the least. Early morning, late evening are best for light. The buildings are splendid. The background of snow covered mountains was very nice.

Visited September 2013
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