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One of the most fascinating places that I have ever been!

I love this beautiful old ghost town located high above Silverton. Its the highlight for me on every Colorado trip. This is a great place to start the Alpine Loop, a beautiful 4... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I love this beautiful old ghost town located high above Silverton. Its the highlight for me on every Colorado trip. This is a great place to start the Alpine Loop, a beautiful 4 wheel trail through the mountains. It's a challenging road, but so worth it!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I drove the Mineral Creek Jeep trail, which is part of the Alpine Loop, from Ouray to Animas Forks in July 2014. The trail was was a little more difficult than what I had the impression it was based on some guides. If you are concered about the level of difficulty, you might want to drive to Animas Forks via... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is a well preserved ghost town in an arrested state of decay. Repairs are done only to preserve not restore. The drive from Silverton is not very difficult but if you really wish to explore the area once you get to Animas Forks 4X4 is best. Lots of building and historic ruins. Be respectful of the building and be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Taking a trip out to Animas Forks is a must!!!!!! For every explorer you have hit your gold mine and you will be left speechless when you see what is left of this once booming mining town. For a moment you will be transported back to a time when you could truly feel the solitaire these people felt in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

we went over corkscrew pass and dropped down into Animas Forks. Most of the buildings have been repaired to prevent them from falling down so you can walk into them and look around. There are plaques explaining the history but other than that the buildings are empty.

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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Anyone riding trails that pass this old township should stop and tour the buildings that have been restored. Many other buildings still under reconstruction. Be sure to read the history of this site. Great work is being done to restore what was left of the township.

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Lake City, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Animas Forks is one of my favorite places to visit! Love doing the loop and taking a break here and walk around and thru the old buildings. Great opportunity for pictures. Imagine living here back then. Crazy!!

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Flushing, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Interesting Ghost town that is being refurbished by historical society. Easy ride up from Silverton and a great spot to begin your journey to Engineer Pass for fantastic views of Uncompahgre. Great place to rest and have picnic lunch after coming over from Corkscrew Gulch and Hurricane Pass.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Getting there from Silverton definitely requires a high-clearance vehicle, and lots of patience. It is 12 miles from Silverton, but takes an hour, due to the rocky road at the last third of the trip. If bad roads and dust are not your thing, don't go. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Animas Forks! I loved going... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this drive. We drove up through Silverton and the drive is beautiful. So much to see and the restorations being done at Animas Forks is interesting to see. What was sad was seeing how the work being done is being defaced by idiots who just can't stop themselves from carving their initials or painting graffiti on the... More 

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