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Animas Forks

Ouray, CO
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Ranked #10 of 15 attractions in Ouray
Type: Ghost Towns, Scenic Drives
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Hartsburg, Missouri
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192 reviews 192 reviews
125 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

I was surprised hiw challenging the road to Animas Forks was; the first part to Eureka wad good, although covered with I believe magnesium chloride which will eat your vehicle worse than salt. Some ledges and narrow roads. We did this in a 4x4 pickup and wished we had a jeep. The town is intetesting but is the location which... More

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Arlington, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A little 4 wheel drive to Animas Forks, but well worth it. Various old houses with alot of history. They are refurbishing these old homes. Neat area.

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Moab, Utah
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were originally excited to visit Animas Forks because we had heard so much about it. Upon arriving however, we were quite disappointed. They are restoring several of the buildings and much of it looks like new construction...new roofs, siding, windows and doors. I understand the need to preserve the location, but they could do a much better job with... More

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Houghton, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Not sure how I feel about restoration of a "ghost" town, though it was great to return after 40 years to see buildings still intact. In fact, they are in better shape than they were then! Still traces of old wall paper and rusted remnants of the mine.

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Cincinnati
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This was a beautiful drive from Silverton, CO. We drove it in our F-250 crew cab. There are several restrooms along the way. There was still snow on the side of the road that went higher than our truck in spots. It was beautiful to see all of the waterfalls that were coming down the sides of the mountains. Snow... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

A main travel route for jeeps and 4x4. Lots of history and magnificent views. Bring lunch and cold drinks and sit by the stream.

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Gatesville, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

If you are a mining history buff, you need to make the trip up the mountain to Animas Forks! It is a crossroad on the Scenic Alpine Loop. It is accessible by 2wd cars from Silverton and by 4x4s from Ouray and Lake City. I rode my motorcycle from Silverton up in May and was a bit wet and icy... More

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Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

One of the best collection of remaining partical and frull structures from the late 1880's mining craze in the San Juans. Jeep roads are good coming from three different directions. Can be accessed from Ouray, Silverton, and/or Lake City. Silverton approach probably easiest and Ouray approach highest. Restrooms available (rare in the mountains).

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Hanley
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We visit the "forks" almost every year. We enjoy the trip out there from Silverton and love to drive the million dollar highway, even in the snow!

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Waxahachie, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

REnt a jeep!!!!! Only way to go. Ghost town with lots of buildings intact. Beautiful mountain veiws and great 4 wheeling fun.

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