Ever wanted a sneak peek at Colorado's present-day "Old West"?

There are roughly 1,500 recorded historic “ghost towns” from the mining boom frenzy in the late 1800's, according to the state's tourism website.

These towns have a history of mining riches, rambunctious saloons and outlaw showdowns.Walk these eerily quiet main streets and imagine the former hustle and bustle of these Colorado towns in their heyday.

Below are Colorado’s best-preserved, most accessible ghost towns.

Please remember that most abandoned buildings are not safe to enter, are privately owned or are protected by local or state historical societies. Taking souvenirs is not allowed under any circumstances, but you can take as many photos as you'd like.

 

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