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Directions: From Hwy 50 at Mayville, turn right onto CR 240; travel 3 miles to the Angel of Shavano campground; after this point the road is extremely rough and rocky and high clearance vehicles are advised; the town site is located 4.5 miles west of the campground.

Originally named Clifton, the town was founded in 1879 at an elevation of 11,000 feet on Monarch Mountain. It was a silver mining town and for a short time produced enough silver ore to sustain a three-story mill. The town was soon renamed Shavano who was second in command to Chief Ouray. A little more than three years after the town's beginning, Shavano folded and its log cabins and stores were abandoned. Today, there are a few structures left standing.

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