The Ghost Town of Animas Forks

Animas Forks is along County Road 9, which travels through the Gunnison National Forest, outside the town of Silverton, Colorado.

Animas Forks was a small mining community nestled on a system of roads now known as the Alpine Loop. The Alpine Loop is 65 miles of unpaved road all in a loop going through the 3 towns of Silverton, Ouray and Lake City.

The first cabin in Animas Forks was built in 1873 and just 3 years later it became a busy mining town. At its peak there was a hotel, post office, saloon, store and 30 cabin homes in the community. The residents migrated to the town of Silverton during the winter months. In 1883, Animas Forks had 450 residents. The mining town began to decline in the late 1890s. In 1904, there was a interest again in the mining town and a rail line was put in. It never reached its potential afterwards and became a ghost town by the 1920s. Most residence left to the now ghost town of Eureka, which was becoming more popular.

Restoration and renovations have been done in 1996 – 1997 and in 2013 – 2014. All of the remaining buildings are structurally sound with unrestricted entry.

You can learn more about Animas Forks history Here.

Where is the abandoned Ghost Town of Animas Forks located? You can find it with these coordinates. 37.931569,-107.570836

Image 1 by M Bergman and is licensed under CC By NC SA 2.0.
Images 2, 3 and 4 by Larry Myhre and are licensed under CC By NC SA 2.0.

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