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11 Colorado Ghost Towns

Colorado's gold rush brought humanity and hardship to these rocky mountains. Mining towns popped up by the dozen, but just as quickly found themselves abandoned as the politics of man and nature shifted. The 11 ghost towns on our list might be haunted by the past, but it isn't hard to find the beauty in these booms gone bust.

Berthoud's Little Thompson Observatory

With a the help of a very special telescope, the Little Thompson Observatory is bringing space home to Berthoud.

Ridgway's Legendary True Grit Cafe

Legend and reality meet in Ridgway, where the True Grit Cafe serves up home-cooked western fare to John Wayne afficionados and genuine cowboys alike.

Canyon Pintado's Rock Art

The rock walls of Canyon Pintado have served as a massive canvas for thousands of years, preserving the history of the land and it's people against both natural and human destruction.

Town Story: Glenwood Springs

The Ute Indians first discovered the 124-degree mineral water bubbling from the Earth at Glenwood Springs. Since then, everyone from U.S. presidents to Molly Brown has come here to experience the water’s healing powers.

Colorado Springs' Air Force Academy

The Air Force equivalent of West Point may be just a stone's throw from Colorado Springs, but for basics at the academy, there is still a long blue line to walk before they can earn their wings.

Penny-Smashing Road Trip

Millions of tourists visit Colorado each year with a short list of things to see while they’re here: Pikes Peak, Garden of the Gods, Estes Park, the Coors brewery and the like. But for some 'elongate collectors', the pilgrimage to these locations is made to obtain more than just new memories.

South Park Burros

Loveable donkeys run wild in Colorado's high country.

The Mystery of Alfred Packer

It's was no secret that prospector and blizzard survivor Alfred Packer had dined on human flesh, but was he driven to cannibalism by desperation, or was the preparation of his unusual meal premeditated?

Legacy of the Sand Creek Massacre

On the morning of Nov. 29, 1864, 700 peaceful Cheyennes and Arapahos gathered in their tipis on the bend of Sand Creek. Legendary peace chief Black Kettle believed he was leading his people into safety under the protection of the US Army, but instead found his home the site of one of the most atrocious massacres in the history of the West.

Denver's Tattered Cover Bookstore

In the Tattered Cover Bookstore, we find the books that bind Denver together.

Disneyland Main Street modeled after Fort Collins Old Town

Fort Collins-born illustrator Harper Goff, world-renowned for creating the set for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and the Nautilus submarine filmed in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, used the buildings from his childhood hometown, like the Linden Hotel and the Old Firehouse, as models for Disneyland’s Main Street USA.