People have been flocking to Colorado since the 1800s. And while some may think green chili and legal weed are what put the state on the map, we actually have gold to thank for getting us rocky mountain high. But even some of the most thriving mining towns from the glory days were faced with abandonment. Whether it was from railroad route changes or rural depopulation, Colorado is now home to over 1,500 ghost towns. FIFTEEN-HUNDRED, y'all. And lucky enough for us, Vindicator Valley Trail puts us right in the action of Colorado's mining history.
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"How does one place get so beautiful?" Let me break it to you: The answer is almost always plate tectonics.
Somehow I got suckered into climbing Longs Peak.
14,259-feet-tall. 5,000-foot elevation gain. Twelfth highest peak in the lower 48. Colorado's deadliest.
Why don't people talk about HVNP the way they talk about Yosemite? Or Yellowstone? In our opinion, it might be even better, and here are some photos to prove it.