Thursday, June 18, 2009

Mineral Belt Trail

On the last day of our vacation we walked a portion of the Mineral Belt Trail which circles Leadville, Colorado. The paved trail follows the old tram beds that connected the mining sites. The 12.2 miles trail is used by bicyclists, hikers and, in winter, skiers.

The Mineral Belt Trail.
A section of the Mineral Belt Trail. (Larger version)

An interpretive sign on the Mineral Belt Trail.
An interpretive sign on the Mineral Belt Trail. Several signs and pieces of equipment flank the trail. (Larger version)

A former mining site.
A former mining site. (Larger version)

Remnants from another era.
Remnants from another era. (Larger version)

Evidence of mining.
Evidence of mining. Superfund monies have been used to address the harm caused by decades of work. (Larger version)


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