October 2012, Crystal Ghost Town, Colorado
This beautiful wooden powerhouse was built in 1892 on the Crystal River in Colorado. It's located in the western Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 9000'. The 120-year old structure is precariously perched on a rocky outcropping above a waterfall and plunge pool. The stairs down to the river still look fairly straight, but the building has an obvious lean atop its spindly wooden support beams.
To reach this stunning location, you head east 6 miles on a rough 4-wheel drive road from the tiny town of Marble. The road is covered with very large sharp-edged boulders, so you really have to drive carefully to avoid cutting a tire. High clearance is also required. If you don't want to risk damage to your vehicle, there are companies in Marble which offer Jeep tours to Crystal. I encountered several of them during the day.
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