Here you can visit the old mining/ghost town and see the original site of alternating current electricity.

This mining town came into existence after Jack Mann discovered gold here in 1878. The town is on the National Register of Historic Places and today, there are still original buildings including cabins, a boarding house and outhouse buildings that you can see.

You can also see remnants of the aerial tramway that used to move the ore from the mine to the mill a little ways down the mountain. Just a few miles away, Telluride’s L.L. Nunn joined forces with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse to build the world’s first commercial alternating-current power plant. It was used to fuel the operations of the Gold King Mine, which was just south of The Observatory.

In addition to being downright fascinating, this is truly one of the most picturesque places in the Telluride area! A short distance away, there are two of the three Alta Lakes. In the summer, it is popular campsite and a haven for cyclists and hikers. When there is snow on the ground there will still be some campers but it is also a beautiful place to snowshoe (among other things).

Summer

Explore the mining ghost town

Hiking
Canoeing
Kayaking
Boating
Mountain Biking
Fishing
Swimming
Wildlife watching



 

 

 

 

 

Snow

Snowmobiling is fun!

Sledding
Tubing
Snowshoeing
Cross Country Skiing
Downhill Skiing
Backcountry Skiing
Ice Skating
Snowman/Snow fort Building
Snowboarding
Wildlife watching
Snowmobiling




 

Call us (970) 239 - 0027       The Observatory at Alta Lakes, LLC, P.O. Box 2372, Telluride, CO 81435        Email: altalakes@gmail.com


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