The Animas River

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The Animas River starts in the southern reaches of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. Named Rio de las Ánimas (River of Souls) in Spanish by Juan Rivera, the 126 mile long River is a tributary of the San Juan River, which flows into the Colorado River. Born at Animas Forsk, above Silverton, and flowing into the Animas Canyon, the Animas provides expert kayakers with Class III to V water into the Durango area. In 2011, the Animas accounted for 8.9% of the commercial rafting market, demonstrating it’s appeal to the wider water adventure market.

Animas River Sections

Eureka to Howardsville (Forks of the Animas):
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: II
Length: 3.6 miles
Put-in: Eureka
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Howardsville to Silverton:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III
Length: 5 miles
Put-in: Howardsville
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Silverton to Tacoma:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: IV-V
Length: na
Put-in: Silverton
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Tacoma to Rockwood Rail Yard (Rockwood Box): Additional Infoormation Needed
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: IV-V
Length: 2.6 miles
Put-in: Tacoma
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Bakers Box: Additional Infoormation Needed

Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: V+
Length: 2.5 miles
Put-in: na
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Bakers Bridge to Trimble Lane:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-II
Length: 6 miles
Put-in: Bakers Bridge
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Trimble Lane to 32nd Street Park:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: I-II
Length: 10 miles
Put-in: Trimble Lane
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32nd Street Park to Purple Cliffs:
Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III
Length: 6.5 miles
Put-in: 23nd Street
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Purple Cliffs to State Line:

Season: Spring- Summer
Day Use Pass: na
Class of Rapids: III
Length: 12 miles
Put-in: Purple Cliffs
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Animas River At Cedar Hill, NM

  • Water Temp: 45.14 ° F
  • Flow: 270 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 5.38 ft
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Animas River At Silverton

  • Water Temp: 34.34 ° F
  • Flow: 36.0 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 0.28 ft
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Animas River Below Silverton

  • Water Temp: 33.98 ° F
  • Water Level: 1.98 ft
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Animas River At Tall Timber Resort

  • Flow: 156 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 2.88 ft
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Animas River At Durango

  • Water Temp: 46.76 ° F
  • Flow: 227 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 2.36 ft
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