Animas Forks: Hidden away in the Colorado mountains, Animas Forks sits alone at 11,200ft in elevation. It was a mining community around 1870 but due to it’s remote location, harsh winters and declining mining profits, the mill was dismantled and the town became a ghost town by the 1920’s. Today it is accessible via a series of unimproved 4wd trails. Ten buildings remain intact for the intrepid traveler to enter and imagine what life must have been like to live & work in that remote mountain valley, so very long ago..


Near Independence Pass, Colorado, Summer 2011—nearly 35 years after Nick DeWolf’s shot (see previous post), from virtually the same spot.

*more Colorado photographs here

Mark Peter Drolet