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Awesome setting. Would love to come back in July when the wildflowers are blooming. But as it was, we pratically had the place to ourselves in October. So much history, so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Cat D
Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome setting. Would love to come back in July when the wildflowers are blooming. But as it was, we pratically had the place to ourselves in October. So much history, so interesting. The only downside is that we're used to sea level elevations and could only stay on hour or so before altitude sickness kicked in (though this was only... More 

Thank Cat D
Terry, Mississippi
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice little ghost town with amazing scenery once you arrive. I would recommend a suv or pickup and not a car. The road had some pretty large rocks in it and a car would bottom out and possibly puncture a oil pan. The preservation society has done of good job keeping the rustic appearance of the existing... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Trucks and SUVs can do this easily. A car...probably not recommended! But jeeps and four wheelers are available to rent. The buildings are really cool. And yes more restoration than some might like. But they say 250,000 visit annually so they have to keep them up to make them last. Lots of cool old mines to see on the way... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The preservation on these homes is amazing. You can only imagine how hard it would be to live in this place during the winter without modern technology. If you are in the area I would recommend the drive it is spectacular.

Thank Fashionmom80016
Durant, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We visited Animas Forks when we were finishing up Alpine Loop. It is located in a beautiful setting. Odd how old buildings and town sites like this make you reflect on how good you have it. Life would have really been different back then for these people. They would have led a very hard life.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I love ghost towns. So I guess it is a given that I loved this place. Accessible only by four wheel drive, preferably high clearance as the road is pretty rough, this is one of the larger collections of ghost town properties in Colorado. It is most famous for it bay window house. We loved the ride up and we... More 

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Blanchard, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Lots of bumpy, sometimes scary roads to get to it but well worth it. The ghost town isn't 100 percent authentic as a lot of it has been restored and has to have continuous maintenance. Nonetheless, it is still a worthwhile stop.

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Farmington, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

What an experience to walk where a hardy people strode and existed. One can almost hear the shuffle of the miners boots, echoing through the wind

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Wonderful place to explore Colorado's mining history. Very well preserved. You need 4 wheel drive to access the area or hike (a long way). The scenery is beautiful and you can see forever.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

The road to Animas Forks is rough, especially the last 3-4 miles, but it's worth it. There are around 6 old structures, and they were restored. You can go into those houses. I went there from Silverton, and my rental car was a AWD Chevy Traverse. It's ok on the road, just need to drive slowly. I don't think a... More 

Thank Qian S

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