The 126 mile long Animas River is a free flowing river that offers fly fishing, rafting, kayaking, nature viewing and a relaxing place to spend time. The Animas begins as a small stream north of Silverton and flows south through Durango Colorado. The Animas flows through Southern Ute lands before meeting with the San Juan River west of Farmington, New Mexico. Paralleling the Animas from one end of Durango to the other is a wonderful traffic free walking/bicycle trail that accesses many family oriented activities.

Fishing the Animas for brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout is available year-round. Winter offers nymph fishing in the deep pools for feisty trout.  As spring snow-melt occurs in March and April the fish move to the banks, runs and pockets. Streamers, nymphs and dry flies will take willing trout that can grow from 8 to 20 plus inches. Late April through late May makes for tricky fishing but great rafting due to high river flows and limited visibility. After the high, muddy waters subside June, July and August offers excellent dry fly fishing. Fall is a magic time with the changing leaves and fantastic fishing.

The Animas is a great whitewater rafting river with a lot of diversity and two distinct sections. The Lower Animas runs through town and is the locals favorite fun and bouncy class 1 to 3 ride. It is appropriate for family and friends. The waters south of Durango are a bit more on the mellow side. Class 1 to 2 waters with most of the river flowing through Southern Ute land (permit required to put-in and take-out). The Upper Animas is 28 miles long and is usally broken up into three stretches: the Class V Silverton Stretch, Class III-IV Needleton Stretch and the late summer pool drop Class IV Rockwood Stretch. Guide services are available for the Upper Animas as well as the Durango waters. Companies who run the Upper Animas also offer a two or three day trip to experience this premier whitewater run. 

Fly fishing guide services: Animas Valley Anglers Fly Fishing Guide Service, Rocky Mountain Angler

Upper & Lower Animas Rafting: Mild to Wild Rafting, Mountain Waters Rafting, Southwest Whitewater, 4 Corners Whitewater.

Lower Animas Rafting:  Durango River Trippers, Flexiable Flyers, Outlaw Tours, and Durango Rafting Company.

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