I drove out to see the purported ghosttown of Monticello. Yet, it appeared many folks still lived there, and in the surrounding area along Alamosa Creek. It was founded in 1856 by ranchers and farmers, and near to the Warm Springs Apaches (think Geronimo).
An equine welcoming committee greeted me at the edge of town. After a few minutes delay, while they checked me out, I was allowed to enter. The San Ignacio chapel in the center of town, on a small square surrounded by other buildings, was typical of a Mexican village. Around the corner was the public school ruins; said to be haunted.
Some houses were crumbling adobe, but many have been restored. A couple of businesses, other than the farms, were all that I could find. It’s a pretty small place, so it didn’t take long to see it all. I really liked the aged gate to someone’s yard.
Today, Monticello is known for vineyards and organic farms; one growing lavender and creating award winning Italian style balsamic vinegar. Located about 25 miles off the main highway, and a step back in time, it might be worth a visit.
Camp: BLM-Rock Canyon Rd boondock
Scene: Ghosttown, chapel, old buildings