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Telluride High Country Mines and Ghost Towns

Historic Site
Alta Boarding House – Linda Luther-Broderick

ADA Accessibility Notes

Not ADA Accessible. Some of the roads are extreme 4X4 requiring driving expertise and appropriate vehicles with high clearance.

Located on the Telluride region's back roads and 4X4 routes are ghost towns and mines including Alta andTomboy . The most prominent and traveled are the routes linking Telluride to Ouray and Silverton. The Imogene Pass-Tomboy Road crosses Savage Basin, and Ophir Pass into the Town of Ophir traverses the high country through historic mining sites and magnificent alpine basins. Last Dollar Road and the mesa access roads all travel through both alpine and lower altitude historic ranching lands. Many of these roads also offer excellent biking and hiking opportunities. Numerous books, publications and guide services help interpret these heritage resources. Tomboy Bride by Harriet Fish Backus is a must read for any traveling the Telluride high country.

Time Period Represented

Late 1800s thru present


Seasons Open

July 4 - Oct 15 depending on the weather



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