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A Must See in Silverton

As you come off of Cinnamon Pass, you descend on to Animas Forks. This is a grand old Ghost Town, much better than Saint Elmo that is just south of Leadville CO. If can also be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
MVInternatinal
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As you come off of Cinnamon Pass, you descend on to Animas Forks. This is a grand old Ghost Town, much better than Saint Elmo that is just south of Leadville CO. If can also be accessed from the town of Silverton via car, truck, ATV, UTE, or motorcycle.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I camped at Animas Forks for about a week. It's an interesting ghost town with several buildings in tact. The area is stunning. I spent my time driving the trails and hiking. What an incredible place.

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North Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is certainly a great town to visit that is not too far into the mountains yet a great piece of history. It is up CR2 out of Silverton and I would suggest 4 wheel drive although 2WD Truck with decent clearance could make it. I would not even suggest a car as some rocks and washed places may be... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My kids loved walking around in all the old buildings and learning about the town that used to exist at this location. Road is a bit tricky but we were on 4-wheelers so its wasn't an issue for us.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rent a side by side ATV and point up to Animas Forks. It is not a difficult road, but not recommended for regular cars. The ghost town is well identified with stories of the structures and families that lived there. You will pass Eureka mine on the way up also.

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Pomona, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a group of 20 on this ride to Animas Forks. We came back off engineer and found this little gem. Very neat place to visit. Trails are very easy getting here. We saw minivans driving the trails to this place! Kids loved it!

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Fruita, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Animas Forks reminds always reminds me of how TOUGH the miners who lived and worked in this area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were! For the winter; I have the latest high-tech, light-weight, water-proof, and very warm, clothing. But the only 'warm' clothes those folks had were heavy, non water-proof, and made of wool; which was useless... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love visiting historic mines.Animas Forks was very interesting and informative. After visiting Animas forks, you must make a stop in Silverton, Which is another historic mining town

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We rented a jeep & another family member drove their personal 4 WD Toyota Tundra & Toyota 4 Runner. It is a rocky & rough ride. Really. It was WELL WORTH the money paid for a Jeep to have the peace of mind that we weren't tearing up our vehicle. A rock punctured the sidewall of 1 of the personal... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a bit misleading to say this ghost town is near Ouray since the best way to reach it is directly from Silverton. If you continue on the same road you drove up from Silverton, it becomes VERY rough after a 1/4 mile or so up towards the pass. Still, a wonderfully preserved ghost town with lots of wildflowers this... More 

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