Silverton's Hidden Gem: Animas Forks


The Durango/Silverton area has a deep history in mining, a history you can still see today. Animas Forks is one of the largest remaining Ghost Towns of Colorado. It is located on a system of roads known as the Alpine Loop. The loop is a 65-mile (105 km) system of unpaved roads which connects the small mountain towns of Lake City, Ouray, and Silverton. The Alpine Loop is visited by over 100,000 people each year. Animas Forks, at an elevation of 11,200 feet (3,400 m), is more than two miles (3 km) above sea level. The unimproved road from Silverton to Animas Forks is passable in summer by two-wheel drive vehicles. The road beyond Animas Forks over Engineer Pass to Lake City may require four-wheel drive.With over 10 structures still remaining, Animas Forks will take you back to a time when life around here was much harder.There are many structures left at Animas Forks, but none as impressive as the Frisco Mill. It was given it's name because the mill was constructed in San Frisco, than taken down piece by piece and moved to Animas Forks for it's final resting place.The Hidden Gem!One of my favorite finds so far out here in Colorado, is this blast from the past. Most likely used to transport equipment, food, and supplies this truck had seen better days.

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