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Address: Castle Creek Rd, Aspen, CO 81611
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+1 970-925-3721

Once a prosperous silver mining town, the silver disappeared, the people...

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.

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Great views

You can go walking there during summer time or snowshoeing, cross country skiing or horse carriage riding in winter time. It is in the middle of nowhere sop the views are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
Betty R
Aspen, Colorado
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Don’t miss the Ashcroft Ghost Town 10 miles out of town. Here you will find a hotel, general store, post office and a few homes. It flourished in the 1880’s when there were over 2,000 living there; at that time it was larger than Aspen. The silver mines turned out to be only shallow deposits so the town quickly lost... More 

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Aspen, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

You can go walking there during summer time or snowshoeing, cross country skiing or horse carriage riding in winter time. It is in the middle of nowhere sop the views are absoulutly stunning =. Easy walk although it can feel a little long. Once you walk about a mile you'll find a restaurant to warm up or get a bite.

1 Thank Betty R
Campton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

One of my favorite stops this past vacation. Beautifully kept history. You can not take a bad picture. The volunteers are so friendly and informative. It should be on everyone's bucket list!

1 Thank ChristineNH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Driving thru a nice scenery to get to the ghost town. I highly recommend to make reservations. Must visit.

1 Thank Jessica C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Hike in the summer--or-- cross country ski or snow show in winter. Great place for family to visit--short drive to trailhead outside Aspen. Plus add on lunch or dinner at the Pinecreek Cookhouse--summer sit on the deck or winter inside with views by the fireplace. Food is excellent

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New Bern, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Could not visit Aspen without going to Ashcroft, there is more development on the road up to Ashcroft but the ghost town looks the same as it did 30 year ago. Very interesting, can't imaging living there during mining days.

1 Thank jtfranco
Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

the ghost town was kind of fun and despite feeling like it was mile away, it wasn't that far...if you are taking the trip to Crested Butte, its a interesting place to take a stop off

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Not a must do but worth the drive to take in the atmosphere of what once was. Once a large mining town, and larger than Aspen, Ashcroft is now a handful of derelict wooden buildings high in the hills. It gives a feeling for the tough life people had when living and working high in the mountains.

1 Thank phil2602
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

$5 fee per person 12 and under free. About a 1/2 mile loop walk with mild grade. The aspen historical society manage the site. Able to walk among buildings from late 1800s

1 Thank Kdmcright
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

No one there to provide information on the area, but there was a brochure available with minimal info. The signboard at the entrance told what the buildings were, and some buildings had signs on them. Several signs along the path between buildings told things about the area. Maybe during the summer there are people there to help tell the story.

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AHS1963, Public Relations Manager at Ashcroft Ghost Town, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. During the summer from mid-June through the first weekend in October, we have guides on site daily to offer tours and provide information. We must have just closed up for the season and missed you! Hope you can come back next year. More 

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