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Very interesting glimpse of the old mining communities

Alpine loop from Lake City, CO to Lake City, CO will take you near the old mining community of... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2018
Leland L
,
Frisco City, United States
Interesting ghost town

We have been to Animas Forks several times. This year, we were there on New Years Day, and were... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2018
McDonaldCrew
,
Double Springs, Alabama
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“ghost town” (81 reviews)
“alpine loop” (19 reviews)
“engineer pass” (13 reviews)
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Ouray, CO
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"forest service"
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"abandoned mining"
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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Alpine loop from Lake City, CO to Lake City, CO will take you near the old mining community of Animas Forks. This is a great place to stop for lunch or snacks while traveling the loop. Some of the old vuildings can still be entered...More

1  Thank Leland L
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

We have been to Animas Forks several times. This year, we were there on New Years Day, and were the only ones there.

Thank McDonaldCrew
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Reviewed 5 December 2017

Interesting mining town. You can walk thru and explore the homes the people lived in. You can see where they mined.

Thank ksm0
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

We went on a beautiful sunny fall day. I highly recommend travelling on this road only when the road is dry and you really should have a high clearance vehicle. Most of the road was easy to drive on, but there were a few sketchy...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We were in 2 minds about driving out to Animas Fork but we stopped by at Silverton and the owner of the restaurant where we ate enthusiastically encouraged us to take a drive out there. So we drove out to check it out! First off,...More

1  Thank greenham01
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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We had a rental ( Jeep Compass) and made it fine to Animas Forks- the drive is slow but beautiful- the buildings left are in great condition and we had a great time walking through them-

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

We visited during an off-road trip, touring the passes of San Juan Mts. The weather was perfect, the scenery was fantastic.

Thank Dee G
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This is a short drive from Ouray and should be done in an SUV, Jeep or Truck due to some trails you may want to explore. This is near the Alpine Loop and offers beautiful outdoor mountain views.

Thank wphelps
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Rough ride in the 2016 Cherokee but road is passable. BEAUTIFUL scenery in and out. The Aspens were not changing a lot there but worth the trip.

Thank DSMLVR
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

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
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cajuntravelers2007
23 September 2017|
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Response from Tita T | Reviewed this property |
Maybe 30 minutes.
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Catman42
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
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