Why You Need to Explore Animas Forks With a Jeep
There are some pretty amazing sights in Colorado; maybe you’ve rented from us in the past so you could travel down our amazing rapids, or you took one of our Jeeps down an extensive trail. But if you haven’t yet experienced Animas Forks, you’re missing out. By using one of our (air conditioned!) Jeeps, you can drive off-road to this amazing ghost town. Read on to find out why this location is so beautiful and mysterious.
Animas Forks is straight out of a western movie. It was built in 1874, during the silver and gold rush, when Americans were moving further west to complete their Manifest Destiny. With promise of riches, the townsfolk of Animas Forks were not deterred by the harsh weather we’ve come to know and love in Colorado. Situated at the base of mountains, the town dealt with the occasional avalanche. And during the summer, staggering heat must have been suffocating. When the town was abandoned (like many other mining towns across western America), preservationists found it and decided to keep it in-tact for exploration purposes. For people like you!
Renovations have since made Animas Forks a beautiful location for visitors, and you’ll experience authentic building styles that still have many original features. For example, there’s the William Duncan House. The house has been renovated to allow access, and still possesses some of the design aspects from the 1870’s. Just imagine what it was like to be William Duncan, living his life with his family in this small mountain town.
There’s also the Animas Forks Jail. This building is in a state of disrepair–preservationists came well after vandalism had taken place. Even with its crumbling infrastructure, though, you’ll see the remnants of this awesome building. It only has two cells, with six-inch thick walls. With two cells, you can imagine Animas Forks, with its 200 citizens, didn’t see that much crime!
Lastly, you could check out the Sound Democrat Mill. If you’re interested in checking out preserved history, this is an excellent place to look. There are a lot of features that have been kept over the years. And, because of a recent grant, renovation is taking place. With such dedicated and loving preservationists, it’s no wonder Animas Forks continues to stand after all this time.
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Want to rent a Jeep and head out to Animas Forks? Southwest Raft & Jeep has them lined up and ready to explore.
We offer top-of-the-line equipment for our rentals. This includes everything from kayaks, rafts, and paddle boards…and certainly, Jeeps. Our Jeeps are low-mileage, air conditioned and comfortable. Off-roading doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable, miserable journey. It can be full of exploration and beauty when you rent with us.
Whether you need a raft, frame, raft/frame combo, coolers, dry boxes, fire pans, inflatable kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP), or Paco pads – we’ve got you covered! We offer six types of raft rentals that range in price from $60/day to $125/day depending on the type of raft and duration of your trip. We ensure high quality, durability, and excellent performance from all of our up-to-date raft rentals. A 50% deposit will be required at the time of booking your raft rental and the balance will be due upon picking up your gear. Please note our cancellation policy and understand that failure to bring the gear back clean will result in a cleaning fee of $100.
To reserve your Jeep rental, or to find out more information about our adventure packages and other exciting outdoor services, please contact us today at 970-259-8313 or swing into our main office located at 305 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite V in the Office Depot Complex.