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Animas Forks--Travel Back in Time

Animas Forks is a well preserved mining ghost town north of Silverton CO. The high alpine setting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great ghost town

Animas Forks is in the center of a network of roads called the Alpine loop. Its first log cabin was... read more

Reviewed 28 April 2017
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“alpine loop” (15 reviews)
Ouray, CO
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Animas Forks is a well preserved mining ghost town north of Silverton CO. The high alpine setting and drive up is beautiful. We had a rented jeep from Silverton, you will want a 4WD especially if there has been rain or snow. Can't wait to...More

Thank KELittle
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Animas Forks is in the center of a network of roads called the Alpine loop. Its first log cabin was built in 1873 and within 3 years had a hotel, store, and post office to server the local miners. It's a great hub to explore...More

Thank M R N
Reviewed 17 April 2017

If you have the time and the sense of adventure...rent (or use your own) a Jeep and get off the beaten path and go explore the mountain roads in SW Colorado. We loved this excursion. We picked up the county road south of Ouray (leave...More

Thank danish10
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went Four wheeling to Animas Fork? The view was spetuclar? The ride was a little rough but not bad. We chose not to go to the top of the pass due to weather.

Thank Glenda M
Reviewed 26 December 2016

From Silverton CO head north and veer right after crossing the bridge over Cement Creek. This is County Road 2. The road starts off paved. Then turns to gravel. At Eureka you should shift into four wheel drive if you have it. You can continue...More

4  Thank busadave9
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful experience! Definitely need a 4 wheel drive with high clearance to access. Since I was on vacation, I had a rental car so I rented a Tomcar from Rock Pirates Backcountry Adventures in Silverton. (Highly recommended) The ride up is amazing with...More

2  Thank ChristineNH
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Animas Forks once boasted to be the "largest city in the world", with small print saying "at this altitude." Today, only a few structures remain, but I got the feeling of what life must have been like for the people who lived here in the...More

1  Thank OurayRiversideInn
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

This is a must see on a jeep ride. It is a fun place to explore and see all of the old buildings and go back in time. Also a perfect stop before adventuring up into the gorgeous mountains!

1  Thank stacee m
Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a wonderful place to see historic buildings. Will be a place I will go back to someday. If you have the vehicle to visit this place you need to go.

Thank TopBanana2066
Reviewed 14 October 2016

It's a VERY bumpy ride to get here but worth it once you arrive. It's cool to see the history of this location.

Thank dhack55
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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