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A great old mining community

The preservation on these homes is amazing. You can only imagine how hard it would be to live in this place during the winter without modern technology. If you are in the area I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015
Fashionmom80016
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Aurora, Colorado
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Aurora, Colorado
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The preservation on these homes is amazing. You can only imagine how hard it would be to live in this place during the winter without modern technology. If you are in the area I would recommend the drive it is spectacular.

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Durant, Oklahoma
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We visited Animas Forks when we were finishing up Alpine Loop. It is located in a beautiful setting. Odd how old buildings and town sites like this make you reflect on how good you have it. Life would have really been different back then for these people. They would have led a very hard life.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I love ghost towns. So I guess it is a given that I loved this place. Accessible only by four wheel drive, preferably high clearance as the road is pretty rough, this is one of the larger collections of ghost town properties in Colorado. It is most famous for it bay window house. We loved the ride up and we... More 

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Blanchard, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Lots of bumpy, sometimes scary roads to get to it but well worth it. The ghost town isn't 100 percent authentic as a lot of it has been restored and has to have continuous maintenance. Nonetheless, it is still a worthwhile stop.

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Farmington, New Mexico
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

What an experience to walk where a hardy people strode and existed. One can almost hear the shuffle of the miners boots, echoing through the wind

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Wonderful place to explore Colorado's mining history. Very well preserved. You need 4 wheel drive to access the area or hike (a long way). The scenery is beautiful and you can see forever.

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

The road to Animas Forks is rough, especially the last 3-4 miles, but it's worth it. There are around 6 old structures, and they were restored. You can go into those houses. I went there from Silverton, and my rental car was a AWD Chevy Traverse. It's ok on the road, just need to drive slowly. I don't think a... More 

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Cedar City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Nice restored buildings you can enter and photograph. The last 4 miles or so of road from Silverton are a little rough - go slow. Beautifull mountain scenery.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Several Jeep trails we drive lead to this ghost town. We have explored it many times in the past 15 - 20 yrs. The last few times we've been there they have been working to restore the buildings. Its nice to see history being taken care of. You can walk through the structures and imagine how life must have been... More 

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Wilsthire, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Pay attention to the signs and make sure your vehicle is appropriate! Once you're past Eureka the road is one track, windy and very rough. That said, the scenery and town are breathtaking.

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