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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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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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197 reviews 197 reviews
128 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 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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Arlington, Texas
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
21 helpful votes 21 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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