Ghost Towns of Colorado: Day 1

A friend and I were inspired by National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime. For three days (October 10-12) this month we took a road trip to the ghost towns of Colorado. Beyond memory-making, the purpose of the trip was to deepen my sense of place in the Rocky Mountain West. I shot over two hundred photographs. In the coming days I will feature my favorite ones because, as the adage goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

The first day of the trip focused focused on Cañon City and the Gold Range. In the morning we boarded the Royal Gorge Route Railroad (named one of the top 8 train rides in North America by Trains Magazine) for a journey that follows “the winding, tumbling Arkansas River deep within the soaring, 1,000-foot granite cliffs of Colorado’s Royal Gorge.” In the afternoon we drove Phantom Canyon Road on the Gold Belt Tour, which “follows the route of the Florence & Cripple Creek Railroad built in 1894 as a connection from Florence to the goldfields of Cripple Creek and Victor.”

Royal Gorge Route Railroad – Cañon City

Royal Gorge Route Railroad – Cañon City

Phantom Canyon Road – Gold Belt Tour

Phantom Canyon Road – Gold Belt Tour

Victor

Victor

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