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“Very nice ghost town”
Review of Animas Forks

Ranked #10 of 35 things to do in Ouray
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 8, 2013

They really are trying to keep up this ghost town with buildings you can walk through. It is a nice history lesson in a gorgeous location.

Thank Krista W
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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 preventing everyone else from using the pathway & taking pictures. Possibly some rules are needed here to prevent further damage to the area. Still a great sight to see before it is gone forever....

1  Thank pumpkin002
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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!!

Thank Shelley P
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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 were people in 4x4s, atvs, motorcycles and cars. Many buildings still standing, loads of mining machinery still there, historic markers with information about the people who tried to make a go of it up that high. The town is above the tree line and the views go on forever. I wish we skipped shopping in those stores in town and just drove up to Animas earlier. We left as the storm came in. I did not want to drive back on that shelf of a one lane road, down the hill, in the rain.

1  Thank Campermom68
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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. I recommend at least a high clearance vehicle especially for the last few miles.

1  Thank Joanna L
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