The wild road to Tomboy ghost town in Colorado

Located in San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado, 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 residents. The mine closed in 1927 and the town ceased to exist though work in the mine tunnel continued until 1978.

Tomboy road

Is dangerous the road to Tomboy ghost town?

Set high in the Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the road to the ghost town is challenging. It’s unpaved, narrow, rough, with steep drop-offs and water hazards. Not for the faint hearted or inexperienced drivers. The road hits about 14-15% through some of the corners. Be sure you have the right vehicle and experience to attempt this drive. Do not attempt this road if you are not experienced in off-road driving.

How long is the road to Tomboy ghost town?

Starting from Telluride, the gravel rough road is 7.24km (4.5 mile) long. Remnants from this historic mining town can be seen from the road. A rugged off-road 4×4 with plenty of clearance & high sidewall tires is definitely required. The town sits on the way to Imogene pass.

Is the road to Tomboy ghost town open?

The road to the town is called K68 Road (Tomboy Road). Road is only open about 2 months out of the year. The journey offers great views, but the weather can become cold and windy in the middle of summer. Keep an eye on the skies. The ghost town is above timberline, with little protection from the weather, and storms can be sudden and violent in the San Juans. At the halfway there’s a tunnel called the 'Social Tunnel' because in the early 1900s, lonely miners would meet women from Telluride there. That's been used by horses, wagons and vehicles for more than 130 years. Some say those visits occurred here because the prostitutes weren’t allowed any closer to the mining towns.

How long does it take to drive to Tomboy ghost town?

A reasonable amount of time to drive one way is 45 minutes. The road to the ghost town is pretty steep. Starting from Telluride, the road is 7.24km (4.5 mile) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 772 meters. The average gradient is 10.66%.
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