Wichita State Plane Wreck

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2.7 km
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149 m
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On October 2, 1970, a plane carrying the Wichita State Football Team went down near Georgetown, Colorado. With a devastating 31 fatalities, there were 9 sole survivors. The catastrophic crash left tons of steel metal wedged into the hillside. Tourists can explore the wreck and pay respect to the memorial at the crash site.

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Route Description for Wichita State Plane Wreck

The hike up to the Wichita State Plane Wreck is shaded, but steep. Though the wreckage is interesting to explore, it is extremely sobering. Be respectful of the area and those visiting the memorial to pay their respects. There are plenty of loose rocks along the path so on the hike up, mind your footing. Bring poles to help navigate the steep terrain.

Park in the car park off of the I-70, and track the trail behind the gate to ascend the trail to the Wichita State Plane Wreck. Hike up the rocky path as it guides you north. Follow the rock cairns that mark the wooded trail. When you near the small creek the path will curve south. Navigate the extremely steep and rocky terrain up to Wichita State Plane Wreck. Explore the eerie sights of the wreckage and read the memorial.

Hike around the sobering crash site and when you are ready to descend, retrace your steps. Mind your footing and take your time as you descend the rocky route.

Getting to the Wichita State Plane Wreck Trailhead

The Wichita Plane Wreckage is off Interstate-70 near Georgetown, Colorado.

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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