Carson was victim to the harsh winters of Colorado, situated almost directly on the Continental Divide at nearly 12,000 feet. It was founded as a mining camp and was one of the most inaccessible in Colorado. You’ll need a 4×4 if you plan on visiting the several remaining empty buildings and relics.
There’s several sights to explore in the hills around town. Carson is sometimes confused with Old Carson, on the Pacific side of the Continental Divide. Old Carson was thought to be the earlier mining camp built south of the mountain at over 12,000 feet. The newer Carson had a wagon road to Lake City.
Founded in 1889 at 11,600 feet, Carson reached its peak at the turn of the century when some 500 miners worked the mountain top. Gold and silver were mined. Eventually the winters took their toll, and residents left for warmer climates.
It’s 4×4 access only. From Lake City, take Highway 149, the Silver Thread Byway to the Alpine Loop, Co Rd 30, which is still in town. Then take Wager Gulch trail to Carson.
Download PDF of Area Map (from lakecity.com)
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Nearby Town: Lake City
Season: Summer to early fall