I visited Animas Forks years ago on a family trip to Colorado. I wanted the girls to see a classic Colorado Ghost Town as well.
Animas Forks is a mining ghost town about 12 miles outside of Silverton, CO. It’s part of the “Alpine Loop” - a 65 mile route of some of the most beautiful off-roading in the USA.
Our limitation is our truck is 2WD - but I had it on good account that the road to Animas Forks was bumpy but didn’t require 4WD.
That proved true. Most of the drive is a gravel road. The last 4 miles are more intense - narrow and rocky.
It was slow going, and bouncy in our 3/4 ton truck (especially since I was too lazy to air the tires down). But we never scraped and never lost traction. The only thing I missed about a 4WD truck was a low-range option to slow our descent coming down. I had to ride the brakes more than I prefer.
Equipment aside, it’s a gorgeous drive. Classic Colorado. Road next to a stream with soaring peaks on each side. We lunched, toured the buildings, and made the drive back home.