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Turret, Colorado - A Ghost Town In Chaffee County

Turret, Colorado


March 11, 2007 - My buddy Kent was looking for something to do and I suggested that we go to Turret, a ghost town about twelve miles northeast of Salida.

Adjacent is a photo of an n town brochure with a great photo of Turret taken in 1901.

Turret Ghost Town Directions: In Salida, take Chaffee County Road 175 (the same turnoff for Spiral Drive) and take it way into the mountains. Eventually, the road will fork and veer left on Chaffee County Road 185. The signs to Turret are clearly marked at that point. During non-summer months, I suggest having a 4-wheel drive vehicle, as the roads are somewhat bumpy and can be muddy.

This is the view of Turret as we approached town.

Turret Ghost Town
Turret, Colorado
Turret, Colorado
Turret, Colorado

Turret, Colorado

Plenty of old and abandoned buildings on the town site.

Adjacent are some of the original buildings.

Other Colorado ghost town pages:

  • St. Elmo & My St. Elmo Site
  • Vicksburg & Winfield
  • Bonanza
  • Granite
  • Independence
  • Tincup
  • Hancock (Near Alpine Tunnel)
  • Victor Does this count as a ghost town? :)

  • Turret, Colorado
    This particular structure caught my eye.
    Turret Sample Room
    Turret, Colorado
    Things are happening in Turret lately. As seen in the adjacent photos, some of the old structures are being rebuilt and refurbished into residences. There were many "for sale" signs for parcels, real estate and restored homes.
    Tall Cottonwoods We walked up the dirt road that acted as the main corridor during Turret's busier days.

    Beside the road were these really tall and old cottonwoods.

    Turret Ghost Town

    Turret Ghost Town

    I snapped two photos of this particular structure. Just amazing!

    Here are some other pages from the Chaffee County area:
  • Mary Murphy Mine Area
  • Mount Antero
  • Monarch Pass
  • Browns Canyon
  • Agnes Vaille Falls
  • Mt. Princeton Hike
  • Mt. Yale Hike
  • Cottonwood Pass Bike
  • Collegiate Peaks Overlook
  • Outhouse Um, Kent needed to use a restroom and knocked on the door of this outhouse. Good heavens! :p)
    Mt. Antero We arrived at Turret in the late afternoon, as the sun sat behind the Sawatch Range. Still, I managed to "fight off the sun" to capture this view of Mt. Antero.
    Turret Ghost Town Mike and I stand in front of an old structure.

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