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.

Length12.3 miElevation gain2,050 ftRoute typePoint to point
OHV/Off-road drivingDog friendlyForestRiverViews
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: This road closes annually during winter. For more information, please visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sanjuan/alerts-notices/?cid=FSBDEV3_002300

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Dillon Cornwell
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OHV/Off-road drivingIcySnow

Drove up yesterday and made it to Burns Gulch before I had to turn around due to snow drifts. Lifted Ranger on 33's with lockers.

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Steve K
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Great! Except the ending trail leg as highlighted didn’t exist and had to take alternate route.

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Don B
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Jon Hays
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Easy trail and worth the drive. Good for beginners.

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Aaron Sanders
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Dejan Zupancic
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OHV/Off-road driving

Got to the ghost town in stock Jeep GC 4x4 w/o any problems. Great views and a good challenge for a novice driver (like myself).

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Amber Perry
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!Rocky
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Kurt S Pablo
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Larry Gunn
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Danny Mills
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!
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Jaye Wagner
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The views are beautiful. The trail was definitely not lightly trafficked but more moderately trafficked by big groups of rental jeeps and side by sides. Expect to go 3 miles an hour and be jostled a lot. You absolutely need a 4 wheel drive with high clearance to complete this trail. We saw several Subaru’s that had to turn back

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Sharla Branigan
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Amazing!!!! The road is not too bad. We were in a Ford Expedition and it was fine. We also saw a guy in a 94 Camry... so if you are comfortable with off road driving, you should be fine (especially with 4x4).

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Tami McIlnay
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OHV/Off-road driving

A fun drive in an ATV or Jeep. The town at the end is the reward. It was fun to see how people could live so well at 11,000 feet! It usually rains in the afternoons here, so plan accordingly. A great break from the dusty, hot trails of Phoenix!

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Jesse Geiken
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There are a couple tricky spots toward the beginning if you start the trail at 550. Few off camber spots. Doable in any 4x4.

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Joe Rinella
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Very cool old mining town is the reward for this 4x4 drive through high elevation. Beautiful views and really liked exploring this old settlement of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Be sure to see the old Duncan home-quite the place back in the day.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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jeff skipper
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Loved it with my 3 boys

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Thomas Kamp
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Ashley Hale
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Awesome lil 4x4 drive and fun in the Jeep during winter too

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John Shirk
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OHV/Off-road drivingClosed

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

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Travis Williams
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OHV/Off-road driving

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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