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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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Denver, Colorado
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83 reviews 83 reviews
36 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Other than the amazing amount of 4x4's there, it was a must see! There are many buildings that you can walk through, a set of clean outhouses for the public. We were not able to make the round trip over engineer pass as we were on 4 wheelers and at the end of Engineer pass you must travel through town,... More

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Denver, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

I've been to quite a few and think Animas Forks ranks in the top 5 ghost towns in Colorado. The drive out of Silverton gets progressively more rough especially after you pass Eureka. I would recommend a 4x4 with decent ground clearence for the drive up to Animas Forks. There are several narrow areas that only one vehicle can bypass... More

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Atlanta, GA
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

It's a long, bumpy and dusty drive to get to the ghost town village. You can walk through the many old and abandoned structures. You had to be a very hardy person to want to work and live here!

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Well worth a visit BUT be careful beyond Eureka. WE were told we would get there with no problem in our car but it was really difficult and slow driving. The road is very narrow in places and bits of the road have fallen away into the deep distant valley below. The road is also littered with quite large rocks... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

We posed for pictures here while traveling up to Oh! Point on Engineer Pass in 2010. We have been back a few times since. Very unique look at an old mining town

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CLOVIS
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Old free standing mines and miners homes that are preserved and fun to explore. Remote town where miners and their families roughed it through snow and rain.

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San Jose, New Mexico
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

I love ghost towns and this one is very cool! Buildings are mostly safe and can be entered. Easy route up from Silverton, hard way from Ouray. Either was leads you to a cool ghost!

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Evergreen, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

I understand now why this is the most visited ghost town. It is very easily accessible from the town of Silverton by very well maintained gravel road. Since we ride ATV's, we have seen a lot of old mining areas that are much less disturbed.

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Oakley, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is one of the easier ghost towns to get to. You can even take a 2 wheel drive car from Silverton to Animas Forks. Nice buildings that you can still go into. Gorgeous scenery.

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Dayton, Ohio
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We rented a jeep and went up to Animas Forks and beyond. We enjoyed learning the history of Animas Forks and touring the old ruins there. My husband and I were both glad we stopped to visit this site. Well worth it!

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