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Animas Forks

Ouray, CO
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Ranked #8 of 15 Attractions in Ouray
Type: Ghost Towns, Scenic Drives, Cultural
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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Hewitt, NJ
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158 reviews 158 reviews
70 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Nicely preserved old mining town. Check out the wallpaper in one of the homes and the out houses. We got there via engineers pass which was spectacular!

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WIsconsin
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Spent well over an hour here eating lunch, reading about the town and taking photos. Came down through Corkscrew, Hurricane and California Pass and Gulch, fabulous ride and this was a great place to stop and take it all in, busy stop for jeeps and ATVs. Worth the time spent. Nice bathrooms available if you don't want to use the... More

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The Villages, Florida
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330 reviews 330 reviews
172 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

It takes some time over rocky, dirt roads to get here, but it was definitely worth it. It's an old abandoned mining town. There are informational pamplets at the site along with a few info signs. It was great to wander around and into many of the houses. It's difficult to imagine people living here year round especially in the... More

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Littleton, Colorado, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

They really are trying to keep up this ghost town with buildings you can walk through. It is a nice history lesson in a gorgeous location.

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Brooksville, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This was our second trip to Animas Forks. The first trip was in the snow & peaceful. This time we found that people we disrespecting the buildings by letting kids run through them, even asking the children to stand in the windowsill for a photo and one family had a picnic in the middle of the town/pathway to the buildings... More

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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

The road to get here is very very rough and you need a vehicle with high clearance and shorter than a Suburban. The road to Eureka is possible in any vehicle. Once you get to Animas Forks it is all worth it. The buildings are very impressive and in good condition. The view is spectacular!!

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San Antonio, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stopped in Silverton on the way to Durango. I asked a local shop keeper if you needed a 4x4 to get up there. He said no but take it slow. We made the trip up to something very special. Even if it cost as much as that train ride I would choose Animas forks over the train ride. There... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

We decided to stop by Animas Forks on our way from Ouray to Mesa Verde. It was a fun stop with great views and a cool history. You can walk around and do into many of the structures. Warning: the County Road is not paved. We did not have four wheel drive but we were in a high clearance jeep.... More

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Very cool place and a great way to see a bit on western silver mining history. There are about 15 - 20 buildings in this late 1800's town and it was well worth the trip. We came to the town via the Alpine Loop Jeep Trail out of Ouray! The trip to Animas Forks would be much shorter via Silverton... More

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