Animas Forks is our favorite ghost town to visit. The first log cabin was built here in 1873 and within four years there was a hotel, general store, saloon, post office and 30 cabins. It was a great home base for the 450 people that were brought here by the mining in the area. The elevation is 11,160 feet, so I can't imagine how rough their winters were.This first view was taken as we came out of California Gulch.
See the sign? That means several good things begin at Animas Forks! We definitely prefer beginning Engineer Pass here instead of driving up Mineral Point trail from Ouray.
I took this last one as we started up Cinnamon Pass. Animas Forks is about a 13 mile drive northeast of Silverton up CR-2. Even though it is a dirt road, it can be reached by any passenger car and is well worth the visit.!