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Animas Forks Ghost Town OHV Route is a 12.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Silverton, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 12.3 mi Elevation gain 2,050 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Ohv / off road driving

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No shade

Historic site

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During the winter, portions of this road may close due to snow. As of June 2019, route is closed at Eureka. Please reference this page for more closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/alerts-notices/?cid=FSBDEV3_002300

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Bert Hansen
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Rated a 4 for the views trail is about a 3.

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Luke Laurita
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

What a sweet drive! We drove past the ghost town of animas and continued to California Gulch. Made it all the way to the last nine before the switch backs and had to park out stock 2WD Jeep. We then walked up and summitted hurricane peak, which is a few hundred feet over 13,000. The road was fairly easy from Silverton all the way up with only a few rockier patches. Anything with a little wheel clearance should make it up no problem. Very very cool ghost town with lots of mining history! People were stronger and tougher back then.

Mike Baudino
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weather stunk but still a nice trip. would do again but in an ATV instead of my Jeep. would continue and do entire alpine loop.

Glenn Test
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

County 2 was miserably dusty on the way to Animas Forks. California Gulch was light traveled. we were able to take California Gulch all the way to County 10, then 110 all the way back to Silverton dust free.

jeff skipper
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Hiking

Loved it with my 3 boys

Thomas Kamp
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Ashley Hale
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Hiking

Awesome lil 4x4 drive and fun in the Jeep during winter too

Jayme S.
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Was a great, quick trail in the past, but it's currently closed within a mile or two of the ghost town due to avalanche debris clean up. Will be looking forward to getting there the next time I'm in the area.

John Shirk
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OHV/Off Road DrivingClosed

Love this Ghost town, unfortunately it’s closed after Eureka.

Travis Williams
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Nice easy drive. Snowing the day we went out there.

Steven Benson
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Mostly a maintained road along the Animas River. Started at mine and drove to Silverton. Was last leg of day long drive.

Andrea Trower
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Easy driving with amazing views. The ghost town was so cool. There are also a few vault toilets along the way.

Pamela Phillips
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Our first reveal off road in Colorado. A bit rocky but quite scenic as it follows the Animas River. Nice mountain scenery. Ghost town and old mining town. Great story.

Jane Webb
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nice drive. trail is not too challenging. a little rocky the higher you go.

D T
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Scenic driving

Great drive and cool place to visit!!

Hayden Cook
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Very cool ghost town and getting there from Silverton is very easy. All it is is a dirt road, you could get there in 2WD easy. Definitely check it out.

Rick Powelson
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Jeeped this one as part of the Alpine Loop. Not too hard, but rocky. The last part into Silverton was easy. Animas Forks is cool. I always recommend people not take stock 4x4 vehicles on these mountain passes; rent a proper Jeep or ATV. But if you think you can do it, don't let me stop you. I just think it's a bad idea. Definitely no passenger cars....that's just plain dumb. If it says 4WD recommended, it really means drive a 4WD here...no, seriously.

Jack Tatsch
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OHV/Off Road Driving

We drove our Jeep Wrangler on this trail several times while we explored the mining activity in the area. We saw several passenger cars on this road! I'm sure they high centered several times getting up to Animas Forks.

Natalia DiIacovo
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Hiking

Beautiful views! Ghost town was pretty cool to.

James Thompson
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OHV/Off Road Driving

We Jeeped to Animas Forks from Silverton on a clear day in June, we explored the old building and site for an hour or two, then continued on our way to Cinnamon Pass. Interesting site.

David Crowe
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Jason Prendergast
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Danny Vogt
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Dennis Zerull
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Amy Dowdell
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Mindy Waits-Johnson
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Deborah S.
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Shauna Anderson
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OHV/Off Road Driving
Alexander Stathis
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Chris Bolyard
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