Eerie abandoned ruins are always a draw for anyone looking to explore some creepy spots. These seven (mostly) deserted ghost towns in Colorado are road trip worthy for a Halloween-esq adventure to get yourself in the scary spirit. Just make sure to pack an extra pair of pants in case the frights turn out to be too much.

St. Elmos Ghost Town

Address: Near Telluride, CO

Why You Need To Go: You can take a tour through one of the most well-preserved ghost towns in the state. It looks like there could still be miners from the 1880s wandering around behind the window panes.



Location: From Telluride, take CO 145 south 8 miles, turn on Forest Road 632 (unpaved), and head East.

Why You Need To Go: In the morning, hike around the lake and view the remnants of the Alta Lakes Ghost Town, although it's on private property, you'll get great views from afar. 


Address: 132 W. Ryus Ave., La Veta, CO

Why You Need To Go: There is a museum, tavern, and several other buildings operating for the public so you can see this town's past come to life.

Animas Forks

Location: Latitude: 37.93123, Longitude: -107.57068

Why You Need To Go: Deserted buildings sit along the famous Alpine Loop. You can find maps and explore the buildings thanks to the BLM, but tread carefully as they are delicate. 



Location: South of U.S. Highway 34 and 25-miles east of Greeley, CO

Why You Need To Go: The history behind this town is part of the lure to visit, as it was the only all African-American community. 


Location: Goldfield, CO

Why You Need To Go: This mining town still boasts dilapidated buildings that look like something out of a ghost story but are always exciting glimpses into the past.


Location: Vicksburg, Buena Vista, CO

Why You Need To Go: The quiet dirt road leading past empty cabins and unused equipment from the miners who lived there in the 1880s give out very spooky vibes.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a site, respect the environment.

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