San Juan County Road 2 - Animas Forks

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3.4/5 (42 reviews)
Silverton, Colorado (San Juan County)
Last Updated: 12/13/2023
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San Juan County Road 2 is a historic and scenic route in the San Juan Mountains above the charming mining town of Silverton, Colorado. The picturesque road takes you through stunning and rugged terrain en route to the well-preserved ghost town of Animas Forks. Prepare to immerse yourself in towering mountain peaks and lush alpine meadows and journey back in time to a once bustling hub of mining activity. San Juan County Road 2 is a unique and rewarding adventure for those who appreciate history and the great outdoors.

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3.4/5 (43)
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Visited: 12/01/2023

Snow has closed the road to wheeled vehicles for the winter season.
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 10/15/2023
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/08/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

We ran this trail from north to south, coming from Cinnamon, so we started on the bumpy part of the trail, I'd say a 2 in difficulty (comparing it to other trails I've done), but once you get to waypoint 3, the road turns into a pretty smooth dirt road down until where it meets Silverton. Overall, this trail is decent for a connector, to reach other trails or to see Animas Forks, and it does have some decent camping too, however I wouldn't make this a destination for offloading. Some great sunset views though!
Trail Review: San Juan County Road 2 - Animas Forks - Lalo Martinez
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The road starts out super smooth and gets increasingly bumpy the further up you go. I was already aired down because I came from Cinnamon Pass so it wasn’t bad but I still had to keep my speed down in order to avoid getting tossed around obnoxiously.
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 08/18/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Glad we air down in the beginning because it was really bumpy. Could trail to access alpine loop and burns gulch.
Trail Review: San Juan County Road 2 - Animas Forks - Bill Mehas
Trail Review: San Juan County Road 2 - Animas Forks - Bill Mehas
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