How did a wrecked vehicle end up on this Colorado hiking trail?

Hikers can discover some pretty awesome sights on Colorado’s trails. From stunning wildlife and scenery to old dams and other historical remnants of the state’s centennial past, all make for an interesting encounter on any adventure.

Sometimes it’s the things we see along the trail that make us stop and wonder.

For example, there were a few times I found rusty old appliances or even a tub by the side of a trail in the middle of the woods. It definitely sparked curiosity about the backstory as to how they got there.

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Kelsey Nistel/TSM

A Facebook post in the Discover Colorado Through Your Photos group showed a resident’s random discovery of a piano in the middle of the forest while hiking somewhere in the state. How on earth did this large wooden instrument end up in this remote place?

Another interesting trailside view can be found at Castle Rock Legacy Trail to Gateway Mesa. In the middle of the woods, surrounded by dozens of trees, is an upside-down automobile. There are no roads nearby, which is part of what makes it such an unusual thing to see in its location.

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Kelsey Nistel/TSM

Others who have hiked this trail have also wondered how the abandoned truck got there. A thread on Reddit provided some theories to this question.

Since there are no roads nearby, several people think he might have fallen off a cliff. Apparently, in other places in Colorado, like Beaver Creek and the Golden Foothills, there are similar sightings of abandoned and wrecked vehicles. A Reddit user explained that one of the cars he encountered in Golden must have been there for at least 50 years, based on his model.

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Kelsey Nistel/TSM

Another person on Reddit explained that people used to roll cars off cliffs rather than take them to a junkyard. These days it would never steal and it’s much easier to trace cars back to their owners. This could be the case with this car as its deteriorated condition suggests it has been in this location for some time. Others agreed that abandoning vehicles in the woods was a common way to get rid of old-time junkers.

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Kelsey Nistel/TSM

A final, sad theory is that perhaps a road once existed in the area and someone crashed, which is how the white truck ended up where it did. Hopefully that was not the situation.

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