9 Ghost Towns in the U.S. You Can Still Visit

Silver City, California

Saved from demolition in the 1960s, Silver City boasts over 20 preserved buildings, offering visitors a glimpse into the mining camps of the past.

St. Elmo, Colorado

Once bustling with gold and silver miners, St. Elmo is now a ghost town frozen in time. Well-preserved homes and storefronts allow visitors to step back into the late 19th century

Terlingua, Texas

Formerly a major quicksilver producer, Terlingua experienced a revival after its mining days, attracting new residents and visitors. Today, the once-abandoned town offers a lively atmosphere

Rhyolite, Nevada

Witness the remains of a once-thriving mining community in Rhyolite, where buildings like hotels, stores, and a school still stand. Though deserted, the town's remnants offer a glimpse into its bustling past.

Custer, Idaho

Founded in 1879 during the gold rush, Custer was home to thriving mines and hundreds of residents. Now a historic site, visitors can explore the town's intact buildings and learn about its rich mining history on guided tours.

Kennecott, Alaska

Preserved by the National Park Service, Kennecott showcases the remnants of a copper mining community from the early 20th century. Visitors can embark on self-guided tours to explore this historic site.

Calico, California

Once a bustling silver mining town, Calico fell into decline in the late 1800s. Rescued from abandonment in the 1950s, the town's buildings were restored

South Pass City, Wyoming

Initially a gold-mining town, South Pass City's population dwindled after the boom. Now a historic site, its restored structures and open grounds welcome visitors year-round

Independence, Colorado

Founded during the gold rush, Independence thrived until workers moved on in search of new riches. Maintained by the Aspen Historical Society, the town's ruins can be explored via self-guided tours