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Step into a world frozen in time and uncover the hidden secrets of Aspen's past with a visit to the Ashcroft and Independence Ghost Towns.

These remarkable historic sites offer an experience unlike any other, allowing you to journey into the heart of Colorado's mining history and the rugged spirit that shaped the Old West.

Ashcroft Ghost Town

Explore Ashcroft, once a thriving silver mining town, now a serene and hauntingly beautiful site. Wander through the preserved wooden buildings, where echoes of the past come alive. Guided tours narrated by passionate historians transport you back to the late 1800s, unveiling the dreams and hardships of the pioneers who once called Ashcroft home. 

11 miles up Castle Creek Rd. from the roundabout at the west entrance to Aspen

June 16 – August 20: open Wednesday – Monday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm with docent onsite (self-guided Tuesdays)
Self-guided and honor system admission during “closed” hours (admission payment dropbox located on welcome sign)

$5 adult / children 18 and under free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Free for active military personnel

Ashcroft is a dog-free area, please leave your pets at home.

Independence Ghost Town

The tale of Independence Ghost Town is one of ambition, discovery, and perseverance. Named for the discovery of gold on Independence Day in 1879, this town's remnants whisper stories of fortune-seekers and adventurers. Hike to the site and explore the remains of cabins, mining structures, and artifacts, all set against the breathtaking backdrop of Aspen's mountain landscape.

16 miles east of Aspen on Highway 82

Summer hours:
Self-guided and honor system admission

Suggested donation $5 adult / children 18 and under free (must be accompanied by an adult) / free for active military personnel