Located in the Colorado’s Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 3.482m (11,423ft) above the sea level, Tomboy ghost town is an old mining town from the 1880's that used to host 1,000 year-round residences. Not for the faint hearted or inexperienced drivers. Road is only open about 2 months out of the year.
Starting from Telluride, the gravel rough road is 4,5 miles long. It’s closed in winter. Remnants from this historic mining town can be seen from the road. Your wheels will be astounded at the wonderful views of the mountains spread out before you! They are terrible for drivers who are prone to vertigo. In many places the road is bordered by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. At the halfway there’s a tunnel called the 'Social Tunnel' because in the early 1900s, lonely miners would meet women from Telluride there. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day. Open to all motorized vehicles, however, strongly recommended for high clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles. The road is very rough--only try driving it in a 2wd car, if you're planning to buy a new car. The town is on the way to Imogene pass.
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