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Alta Lakes Ghost Town

San Juan Mountains, Colorado

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  • History in the area.- Alta Lakes Ghost Town
  • Structure at Alta Lakes townsite.- Alta Lakes Ghost Town
  • Collapsed structure at Alta Lakes.- Alta Lakes Ghost Town
  • Alta Lakes town site.- Alta Lakes Ghost Town
  • Alta Lakes town site.- Alta Lakes Ghost Town
  • Trails are accessible from the town site.- Alta Lakes Ghost Town
  • It is a great bike ride up to the ghost town.- Alta Lakes Ghost Town
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Pros: 
Easy access. Several structures. Interesting history.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Juan Mountains, CO
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The nicely-preserved ghost town structures of Alta are encountered on the Alta Lakes Road just about a mile below the Alta Lakes Recreation Area near Telluride. There are several buildings in varying stages of decay from the old town that was active from 1877 to 1948. Nikola Tesa and George Westinghouse worked at this site in conjuction with the Ames power plant, which was the first commercial use of AC hydroelectric power. The ride up the Alta Lakes Road, which passes through the ghost town, makes a good mountain bike ride.

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