Ghost Towns & Silver Mines

5 passes over 12,000 ft / All-day

Colorado Ghost Towns and Silver Mines

A Ouray Colorado Ghost Town Jeeping Adventure!

If you enjoy the outdoors and are intrigued by the stories of the intrepid miners and the ghost towns they left behind, then this adventurous jeep tour is the right one for you! Explore 5 separate mountain passes on a full-day trip back in time. See some of the lessor known ghost towns and rustic cabins while imagining the lifestyle of a typical miner living in the red mountain district during the silver mining boom and bust of the small mining towns strewn about the Colorado Rockies.


  • Ghost Towns

  • Vintage Cabins

  • Mining Relics

  • A Favorite for Families

Adult (13 to 99 yrs)

$141.50 full day

Child (4 to 12 yrs)

$76.75 full day

  • corkscrew-brown-mountain-jeep

    Mountaintop Views

  • ghost-town-silverton-sound-democrat

    Sound Democrat

  • ghost-town-california-ouray

    California Basin

    Photo by J. Kantor
  • ouray-ghost-town-mining-mill

    Bagley Mill

    Photo by J. Kantor
  • stamp-mill-sound-democrat

    Inside of Mill

  • jeep-tour-silverton

    Lunch in Silverton

  • wildflowers-ouray-jeep-tour

    Wildflower Season Hurricane Pass

Trip Details & Logistics

Colorado Ghost Towns and Silver Mines

 Depart from Ouray, Colorado. Head up the Million Dollar Highway and exit onto Corkscrew Pass. Look for the Guston turntable ruins while climbing to an elevation of 12,400 feet with never-ending mountaintop views in every direction. Continue on down to Hurricane Pass and connect with California Pass overlooking the entrance to Poughkeepsie Gulch and Lake Como. Then, descend to the little known Picayune and Placer Gulch, home to the Sound Democrat and ghost town of Treasure Mountain. Lunch stop in Silverton, and start back via 550 to the trail entrance of the scenic and spectacular 4wd trail known as Skyline Drive, or as time permits, a jaunt into Red Mountain Loop for an introduction to the remnants of the National Belle and Yankee Girl mining districts.  This trip includes five distinct passes above 12,000 feet! The dramatic mountaintop scenery make this trip a photographer’s favorite.


This itinerary requires a minimum of 4 confirmed guests to operate and stops in Silverton for lunch.

Seasonal 8:00 and 8:30 AM departures.

“We wanted a full-day tour that wasn’t too rugged but still fun! This trip was the perfect choice for us and we loved the bonus stop in Silverton for lunch.”

G. Stephens, Clinton MO

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