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Animas Forks

Ouray, CO
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Ranked #9 of 15 Attractions in Ouray
Type: Ghost Towns, Scenic Drives
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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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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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
24 helpful votes 24 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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Fort Worth, Texas
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80 reviews 80 reviews
31 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We didn't take a tour, but drove up to area's that we could due to the snow. It's an amazing place, beautiful place to take photo's. Very peaceful here & wasn't crowded.

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United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The 4x4 drive is gorgeous and this ghost town was the most well preserved I've ever seen. Its a must see!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We rented a Jeep and took the trip out to Animas Forks! Loved the back country jeep adventure getting here!

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St. Louis, MO
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Amazingly well preserved mining ghost town. Really helps you understand and appreciate the bravery of the people who moved up there and made a life at such altitude and isolation. Make sure to (carefully) walk into the two story "bay window" house, go upstairs and imagine what it must have been like to live there and have such a room... More

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Denver, Colorado
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83 reviews 83 reviews
36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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