Colorado Ghost Town Photography - Treasure Gulch, Colorado
Treasure Gulch might not have been the actual name of this site, but it is the location on Ophir Creek Road in the Wet Mountain Range, about 6 miles past the Ophir campground.
The first thing you notice about the site is a beaver pond and the forest service sign talking about beavers. Then you notice two cabins and two privies behind the beaver dam. Further exploration reveals a stretch of mines, some collapsed, some not, and a small field about 1/4th a mile away littered with rusted tin cans and rotted lumber. There is also some type of concrete support, origin and use unknown. It doesn't appear to be a trestle, but hiking past it clearly reveals a path that wrapped over it. In one direction is a stone wall, so some type of trail was here. In another direction, the trail turns past some collapsed privies and heads west away from the road. The field to the left probably had a dozen or so cabins, and if you continue following the trail through the trees to the west, two mines are present, some old mine equipment, and collapsed mine structures.
Back on the same side of the road, 1/4th of a mile on the other side of the beaver pond are several mines, an outhouse having fallen down the mountain from above, and a flat area, bulldozed by the Colorado department of minerals and geology. I had them look up project 08-386 in an attempt to name this place. Al Kane informed me this particular mine was named the "Barbara-Ann" mine and was more than 40 feet deep. The tract of land in this area was never patented.
Whatever this mining complex once was, it spanned 1/2 a mile along CR-361 and with several mine workings had to support several dozen workers. It probably did not last long. If you know years of operation or a name, please contact me.