After Mesa Verde, we were gunning for a run over Black Bear Pass into Telluride, Colorado. Bad weather forced us to modify our destination. Plan B turned out to be a good one. A series of mild access roads gave us a tour of the ghost town of Alta. Alta was a mining camp from the late 1800s through the 1940s. Crushing winter snow loads and vandalism have combined to thrash many of the remaining buildings. At the same time, a few of the buildings are in decent shape, and the scenery is postcard-quality in every direction. A trip to Alta is worth the drive.