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Animas Forks

Ouray, CO
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Ranked #7 of 15 attractions in Ouray
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Ghost Towns, Scenic Drives
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Gatesville, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Tustin CA
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102 reviews 102 reviews
46 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We spent about six hours here on two days in early July. It was an easy drive from our Durango home base. At about 11200 ft, this abandoned mining town, under continual restoration, is set in the beautiful Colorado High Rockies. A few facts from the local signage and brochure available for any donation: The first cabin was built in... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I have been visiting Animas Forks for at least 20 years and it still captures my imagination. I was a little taken aback this visit however because they have begun restoration efforts and many of the old houses now have new wood on them. This made me very sad to see because the new wood was not even conditioned to... More

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Little River, Kansas, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Has been kept up/restored and is easy to explore. A good place to get out of your 4WD and walk a bit.

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Graham, Texas
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18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We liked the area and the history but the maps and the signage are terrible. We took a wrong turn and climbed a dangerous mountain because of the failure to have signs and the poor quality of the maps. If you are not an experienced 4 wheel yoe need to be careful on the trails you take. We recieved lots... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

After reading the rave reviews, we decided to brave the drive. We have a Toyota 4 Runner and made the trip fine. Did not need to use 4wheel drive, but did need the higher clearance. It was VERY bumpy the last 5 or so miles. The road was a dirt road with lots of rocks embedded in it. Many parts... More

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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

If you are expecting the ghost town experience, you'll probably be a little disappointed. While the ruins are nice, the authorities have an arrested decay program where they semi-maintain the buildings. It takes away from some of the ambiance when the "ruins" have new shingle roofs. But, at least this means they'll be around for years to come, which is... More

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