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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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Evergreen, Colorado
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Sanger, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

The structures are in fairly good shape, and you can go in most of them. There is details posted about the homes and former residents. They make for great photo ops. Good place to stop for a picnic.

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Kerrville, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We took the bumpy ride (in my tundra truck) to see this little ghost town. It was really interesting to see. I love seeing how the people lived back in these days. The man in town said my truck would not make it the last few miles but it did just fine. I would not reccomend driving a low vehicle... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

So fun to explore! Do the ultimate jeeping trip and take Engineer one way and Corkscrew the other to get to Animas Forks!

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Little Rock, AR
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Breathtaking ride to get to Animas Forks (4-wheel drive only) and when you drop down into the valley you have 360 mountain views and really neat remnants of a mining village. Very interesting & really makes you wonder how in the heck the minergs got in there with all their equipment! Highly recommend.

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MAGNOLIA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

We do this everytime we go to colorado. It has great views and was fun.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

This is an easy ghost town to get to - with 4 wheel drive. As 4 wheel drive roads go, this is a very easy one and Animas Forks has a lot of interesting history. Recently, the houses have had some historical details put up inside and it looks like some pf the houses are being stabilized a bit. Fun... More

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phoenix
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

If you are in Silverton, CO, and want a little adventure - make sure you drive to the Animas Forks Ghost Town. The road starts in Silverton. The first 6 miles are graded dirt road - easy for any vehicle, but the last 6 miles requre a high clearance vehicle due to the rocks. It is well worth the trip.... More

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