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Address: Ouray, CO
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Worth the drive, but have good clearance

This is a ghost town that has been very well maintained while at the same time remaining rustic. It's a drive on dirt and sometimes narrow rocky road, beautiful scenery along the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
Sandra S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a ghost town that has been very well maintained while at the same time remaining rustic. It's a drive on dirt and sometimes narrow rocky road, beautiful scenery along the way. Lots of educational signage, and a popular site. We were a pair among a goodly amount of people, but not at all crowded.

Thank Sandra S
Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Yes, this is one of the best parts of Ouray, but if you go on the Mineral Wells trail (which is quite challenging and time comsuming) to Animas Forks and then on into Silverton, be prepared for a good 5 hour day or so. I wouldn't recommend Mineral Wells unless you are experienced... lots of boulders and narrow parts. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Best part is, it's free. Animas Forks ghost town is 12 miles from Silverton and takes about 40 minutes. A high clearance vehicle is needed, 4wd not necessary. You will see beautiful views on a narrow bumpy road for the last 4 miles of the trip. The last leg is the longest part due to very low speed. The drive... More 

1 Thank AaronO3
Merrimack, New Hampshire
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you enjoy history but can't hike miles to experience it then Animas Forks is for you. This small "ghost town" from Colorado's mining heyday is right off of 550 south of Ouray. Do yourself a favor and stop for a visit! WNC

Thank Wayne C
Palestine, Texas
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

You have to take your side by side/ATV's on the Alpine loop! Animas forks has amazing history of mining. Visiting town town of Animas was neat. You can just envision history playing out in front of your eyes. Makes you wonder how in the world people lived back in the day. They were tough! Beautiful River, picture taking & animals... More 

Thank JodiandBo
Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was my first visit to a Ghost town. I was surprised that many of the buildings were preserved enough to walk around in them, which made the experience really interesting. I loved going in to each building and imagining the families living in them many years ago. Although I was disappointed to see that some visitors had left trash... More 

Thank Salem1204
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a wonderful little ghost town high in the San Juans. A group of dedicated volunteers has been working to make sure no more buildings fall down. There is some good info on what life was like in the late 1800's here. A beautiful network of roads surrounds the area, most only accessible by 4WD. A good example of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Very fun trip, but VERY dusty road....be prepared, also the road is pretty rough, so only take a high clearance vehicle.

Thank carguy58
Mankato, Minnesota
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Seriously, I have never seen so many marmots in my life! This was nuts. The road is bumpy but not bad and the ghost town at the end of it is amazing.

Thank gwizz33
Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Amazing little area of small homes built in the late 1800s high in the Colorado mountains by miners and only reached by Four Wheel drivers.

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