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Animas Forks

Ouray, CO
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Ranked #9 of 15 Attractions in Ouray
Type: Ghost Towns, Scenic Drives
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Vancouver, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Atlanta Ga
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68 reviews 68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lots of history and easy access by car from Silverton. Plenty of signs with information about the history, and you can walk around inside the various buildings and get a real feel for how the people lived. Some buildings have been restored a bit to keep them from falling down, but nothing too extreme. Still has that "ghost town" feel.

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North America
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Leave Silverton on a nice road, get to Eureka (also interesting!), and you are able to travel to Animas Forks on a true jeep road that is nice and wide (not like Engineer Pass in places). I don't suggest you try this in your car, but it's great for trucks, jeeps, something with AWD or clearance, side-by-sides, dirt bike or... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This old mining town is a beautiful basin with snow lasting well into the summer. It gets crowded on weekends. It is easier to reach it via Silverton. High clearance vehicle recommended. 4WD necessary if traveling the Alpine Loop.

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Alton, Ia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Getting there is a beast, unless you're on a dirt bike or in a real Jeep. But it's a great place. Just imagining 5000 people living there takes a leap. I've been to bigger ghost towns, however. Still, it's worth the trip, the long, tough trip.

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Denver, Colorado
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Huge day journey on roads that shake your teeth out and propel you from 8000 feet to nearly 13000 feet over many miles. Lots of old mines, cabins, and mills slowly decaying in the wilderness. Plenty of 4WD traffic, but worth it...and nice to know there are others to help you in an emergency.

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Durango, Colorado
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The drive is fairly short and easy (for a Jeep road). The history and views are fantastic. Go early to beat the crowds. We got there by 8am and had it to ourselves. Then the people started coming and it wasn't as charming. They are also restoring the buildings and the sawing and hammering noise was disturbing. So get there... More

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Concord, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Animas Forks is an incredible place to visit. The scenery is beautiful and the history is rich in this area. Not only are the old houses fun to visit but the views the miners had from these cabins were just amazing.

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Hartsburg, Missouri
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179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

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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