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Interesting old mining town

Interesting history at this old mining town. One of the best preserved mining towns we have seen... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tita T
Wortham, Texas
Old mining town adventure

We began by traveling from Ouray to Silverton then on to Animas Forks. The road was good and there... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Richard R
Grand Junction, Colorado
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Ouray, CO
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting history at this old mining town. One of the best preserved mining towns we have seen. Great place to stop for a restroom break after being on the Alpine Loop.

Thank Tita T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We began by traveling from Ouray to Silverton then on to Animas Forks. The road was good and there were many old mining sites along the way. The ghost town of Animas Forks was great for exploring with family and rich n local history. The...More

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice stop to take. Well cared for ghost town with historic plaques and interpretive displays. Well maintained forest service out house. In other words you don't need a gas make to make use of the facilities. Dirt road type drive from Silverton, but short wheel...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved seeing the old houses and buildings in this old ghost mining town.It was neat to see the history of the homes and town. The map says that a 2wd vehicle can make it there from Silverton, but there are some very rocky parts,...More

Thank Emily P
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Nice meeting point between trails, views are amazing there are bathrooms available and views are as beautiful as everywhere

Thank Anna R
Reviewed 11 August 2017

My extended family of 9 drove to Animas Forks while on vacation. I enjoyed it so much! We had a car and a truck, but the car would not make it all the way on the treacherous road, so we parked it at a little...More

Thank JoanieLong
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This is one of the best preserved old gold ghost towns in the area. It's fun to walk around and explorer all the buildings. Also beautiful area to have a picnic lunch at.

Thank pens1fan
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We make the drive to Animas Forks when we are in the Area. The road is a little rough, but very doable in any vehicle. Four wheel drive is not necessary, but Engineer and Cinnamon Passes on the loop to Lake City are well worth...More

Thank LA43
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Fun adventure viewing historic homes and cabins. The mining ruins are very interesting and spectacular too. Mining ruins at the Frisco mine to the west are fairly close and spectacular as well.

Thank S. Glen B
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I along with another couple stopped at Animas Forks while touring the Alpine Loop in the San Juan backcountry on a UTV. The area is a historic ghost town/mine that includes several interpretive signs and buildings that you can walk through. There...More

Thank KBJ278
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1 August 2015|
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Response from Brett J | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Wayne C. Animas Forks is a historical sight, a cluster of mining camp ruins, a place to park your 4-wheel drive vehicle and use the primitive restroom facilities. Your closest airports are Montrose, Durango... More
Nancy G
9 February 2015|
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Response from Amylis52 | Reviewed this property |
Most of the vehicles we saw up there were SUVs of various types. We drove a Subaru Forrester up and we had no issues but we did take it very slow and careful because the road is pretty difficult. I wouldn't make the trip... More