Red Mountain Mining District Tour Guide tells The Watch about historical sights

Hike into history

Winter tour to visit former mining sites, ghost towns

By JUSTIN CRIADO, Associate Editor, The Watch

Don Paulson brings books to life.

No, he’s not a magician or some type of “Pagemaster” practitioner. Paulson — curator of the Ouray County Historical Museum — has authored several texts about the region’s mining and railroad history, which he uses as guides during several informational tours throughout the year.

“I don’t think people can really understand history by just reading a book. History really comes alive when you see the actual remnants of the historical places,” Paulson said.

The winter edition of Paulson’s guided adventure — an approximately four-mile hike of the Red Mountain Mining District — will be Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour makes stops at Yankee Girl Mine and the ghost town of Guston.

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Photo by Tanya Ishikawa