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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Abandoned Railroad Tunnels of Manitou Springs

Just west of Manitou Springs, and south of Highway 24 are some old abandoned railroad tunnels. There are 5 of them, each of them varying in length. The longest one is dark in the middle, while you can see both ends when you're in the other ones.

The last tunnel still has timbers shoring up the entrance. It also has a "No Trespassing" sign posted, so we didn't go in and explore it at all. It definitely looks cool from the entrance though.

Other entrances do have small piles of rubble at their entrances, but overall are pretty cool.
If you're coming from the highway, someone has bolted a climbing route in the entrance of the first tunnel. It goes up one wall, then along the ceiling. It looks pretty gnarly. I wanted to try climbing it, but didn't have any gear.
Park at N 38.52.610 W 104.56. 282 This is right in the middle of the divided highway 24, and is best reached coming down the canyon. Cross the highway, going to the southeast and go up a small hill until you're on the old railroad grade. Just follow the trail from there.
Nearest City: Manitou Springs, CO
GPS Coordinates:
Time Needed: 90 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate
Kid Friendly: No
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