Inmates Work To Demolish Old Mining Building In Rockies

The U.S. Forest Service finally figured out how to remove an eyesore of an old building northeast of Vail.

They thought about dynamite, heavy machinery and other methods, but the remote location in the Eagles Nest Wilderness made those options less than desirable.

Then, The Summit Daily reports, Forest Service managers settled on the least-impactful option: crews of inmates armed with sledgehammers. They demolished and carted out remains of the dilapidated building this week.

“It’s rough, but your body gets used to it,” said Andy Camacho, a crew member from Greeley, told the newspaper. “Being out like this in the wilderness is definitely nice.”

Inmates each receive a day off their prison sentence for each day spent on the wilderness wrecking crew.