Kirwin Ghost Town

Located in the Absaroka Mountains near the headwaters of the north fork of the Wood River, this ghost town area offers around 20 miles of ATV riding trails marked by pine trees, sage and scrub brush, with mountains on both sides.

Locals will tell you to carry some bear spray with you, and you may also see deer, antelope and moose during your explorations.

You should also keep an eye out for ghosts. In the late 1880s, Kirwin was a booming mining town that was home to several hundred people as well as a sawmill, two general stores, a hotel and a boarding house. In February 1907, a huge, harsh winter storm brought with it an avalanche that roared through town, destroying buildings and killing three—and the town never recovered. A couple decades later, in the early 1930s, Amelia Earhart was having a cabin built in an area about one mile outside of where Kirwin stood, but after her disappearance in 1937, work on the cabin was discontinued. Both areas are accessible on ATV.

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