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Ashcroft Ghost Town
I always enjoy a ghost town, and fortunately, there are at least two of them within a short drove of Aspen, Colorado: Independence (on Highway 82 west of Independence Pass), and Ashcroft Ghost Town. After a nearly-full day of hiking in the Maroon Bells Wilderness, I had just enough time remaining in the day to visit Ashcroft. It’s located just one valley over from Maroon Creek, and about 12 miles south of Aspen. From town, you take the same roundabout as the Maroon Bells, you just use a different exit, onto Castle Creek Road. Pass the hospital, then keep going. …