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Caribou Colorado Ghost Town

TOWN NAME: Caribou
COLORADO COUNTY: Boulder
ROADS: 2WD MOSTLY DIRT
CLIMATE: Lots of snow in winter, windy always, cool summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer, mild springs or falls DIRECTIONS TO CARIBOU: Drive 0.4 miles north of Nederland on Colo 72, turn west on County Rd 128, go 5 miles. No current residents. Old Cross mine (silver) currently being mined by Tom Hendricks for gold.
REMAINS: Stone foundation of Sherman House (finest hotel) and assay office, one cabin and some gravestones

Caribou Ghost Town

Caribou is near Nederland, Colorado, which is about 30 miles outside of Denver. The road takes you through Nederland, and up into the hills on a dirt road. Once you encounter the old Ghost Town of Caribou, a sense of loneliness immediately takes hold. It is a very dreary, creepy place, especially in the late fall when I visited there. I am sure it is a little less so in the summer when it is warmer, but when I was there, it was a very empty place. There are numerous foundations to old buildings, but no signs of life at all as far as I could see. I understand that there is a couple that lives here who are caretakers of the mine. I am sure the real estate business in Caribou is booming. Don't get me wrong, it was a great deal of fun visiting here. A lot of history here, and you can sense it.

Caribou is known as "The Place were winds were born" and is located Caribou high in the mountains at 9800 feet.. The Caribou mine produced an estimated. $8 million before closing in 1884. Caribou helped to give Colorado the nickname "Silver State"

Caribou Map
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