Colorado Ghost Town Photography - Orient, Colorado

November 24, 2014Posted by Webmaster

 

Orient was another CF&I town site located on the Sangre de Cristo range just east of Villa Grove. It is now within the hippie nudist camp of the Orient Land Trust, so although the town is easy to get to and much remains, a fee and tolerance for naked people (who should not be naked) is required to visit this site.

According to Ken Jessen, there were two seperate towns called Orient. One was in the canyon, and after CF&I purchased the site, they built buildings on the west facing slope. When hiking from the OLT, the trail to the bat cave heads along side the tailing piles and concrete buildings. The hiking trail also goes up into the canyon past where Ken says the old site was. Like Ken, I could not find any other remains in the canyon itself. The remains stretch for about 1 mile along the hiking trail and are very spread out. This must have been a massive working, as evident by the tailing piles.

During the season (and I'm not sure what that is) the bats will leave during evening to dusk hours in search of food. I've placed some photos of the bat exodus in the photography section, and there is a video of the bats leaving here. Keep in mind the bats are flying out of a caved in section of the Orient mine.

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