Year of 2017


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Wilson Peak
Wilson Peak seen from Alta, a ghost town in Colorado

With a view like this, you may wonder why people ever left this place, rendering it a ghost town. Still, the expansion of the American West left more than a few abandoned settlements in its wake. Here in southwestern Colorado, the town of Alta was part of the silver mining boom. But unlike nearby Telluride, this location was simply evacuated after the boom turned bust. This incredible view of Wilson Peak and the surrounding wilderness are now the ghost town’s chief bounty.


Wilson Peak is a 14,023-foot mountain peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Lizard Head Wilderness of the Uncompahgre National Forest, in the southern San Juan Mountains. It is the highest point in San Miguel County.
Elevation: 14,023 feet (4,274 m)
Prominence: 856 feet (261 m)
Mountain range: San Juan Mountains

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