Discovering Historic Sites When Hiking

One of the things that we enjoy when we are hiking is finding some hidden treasures from the past. At least here in Colorado, it is not uncommon to find sites from some of the original settlers being semi-preserved on the lands of state and national parks. Not only are these cabins and ruins fascinating to see, but they are a reminder as to the harshness of nature and how difficult life must have been for those early adventurers. It is hard to imagine what life must have been like living without heat in a wooden cabin deep in the woods with wolves, bears, coyotes, and other animals all around. On a bright, sunny day, it becomes clear why someone would want to brave the elements in order to live in such a beautiful place. It must have been truly special to walk out of your front door every day and see the glory of nature. This week’s Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is words that start with W and have at least two vowels. We have put together a collection of different wooden cabins that we have encountered during our various hikes in the Colorado mountains.


Looking Up at a Cabin on the Trail


Roof Collapsing


Inside of a Cabin


Cabin in Beaver Creek


Just the Wooden Logs Remaining


Snow Covered Roof


Perhaps Still in Use


Near Cripple Creek


Not Safe to Enter


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15 Responses to Discovering Historic Sites When Hiking

  1. So cool! Fingers crossed I hope to explore some of those Colorado routes in the autumn!
    Last week I stumbled upon some bunkers from the Spanish Civil War on my hike. I think you would’ve enjoyed it!


  2. Thank you for showing us some of your log cabins. I always dreamt of living in one but now I’ll be content to look at yours.

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  3. curious•pondering says:

    Really interesting! If you ever happen to be in Tennessee, try to visit Cades Cove. It is stunning and the history is amazing!

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  4. Mel Pete says:

    Wonderful! Love these kinds of gems!


  5. Sartenada says:

    Awesome photos. Very beautiful landscapes. When hiking in Finland on our Arctic hills there reindeers roaming free around. They are cute animals.

    Have a good day!

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  6. Michael says:

    Love the photos! The grain on that cabin near Cripple Creel was amazing


  7. theagereview says:

    Your blog is awesome! I just started my own travel blog, The AGE Review, and I’m working on a blog post about a couple of unique treasures I found along several hiking trails! There’s so much to discover.

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  8. averburg72 says:

    Amazing. Even though we dont have any cabins in the woos in Cape town (and surrounding areas) we do have some great hiking trails. I love nature and also reading about other peoples adventures. You mention “finding hidden treasures”. Check out and to learn more I have seen geocaching vlogs by people in Colorado, so, do check it out.

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  9. Very cool pictures! Whenever we come across an old cabin like this, I just want to know everything about the people who lived there.

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