With the discovery of silver here in 1879, the town was laid out as a mining community in 1880. First named Castle Forks, the town was renamed Chloride and then Ashcroft. It was linked by stage to Buena Vista and Leadville and by telegraph line and wagon road to Aspen and Crested Butte. The mining community hailed Ashcroft as a boomtown in 1882. The railroads bypassed Ashcroft in 1887, making it a ghost town by 1900. A group of skiing enthusiasts acquired the townsite in 1937, and it was an early training area for 10th Mountain Ski Troops during W.W.II. Ashcroft became the home of Isabel and Stuart Mace and their Toklat sled dogs--"Yukon" to Hollywood's "Sgt. Preston." The last private owner of the property was Ted Ryan, a ski pioneer, who maintained the townsite as a cross-country skiing complex. In 1953 Ted Ryan deeded the townsite to the Forest Service. The site is currently maintained and preserved by the Aspen Historical Society and the National Forest, as a reminder of our mining heritage.
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Ashcroft Historic Townsite
Ashcroft Ski Touring Center - Located 12 miles above Aspen in the spectacular Castle Creek Valley, Ashcroft offers 35 kilometers of groomed terrain for all levels of Nordic skiers.
Castle Creek Road - This drive is one of the most enjoyable drives in the Aspen area. The paved road follows Castle Creek 13 miles up the valley.
Aspen Chamber Resort Association, 425 Rio Grande Pl.
, Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-1940