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Colorado whitewater, Animas River

San Juan La Plata county, Silverton to Tacoma section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS IV-V     24.2 miles
The Upper Animas, from Silverton to Tacoma, in the spring is the big and continuous. Worth noting this stretch is solid Class V during run-off and not to be taken lightly Says Dan

The scenic beauty of San Juan/ La Plata County and the water flowing gracefully down Animas River will make you feel great. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that many of the rivers here
    are not very forgiving. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camping stuff. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but if you donít have reservations you might
end up sleeping in your car. There's camping available near Animas River. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The Silverton to Tacoma stretch of Animas River in San Juan/ La Plata County is 24.2 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class IV-V section. The beautiful San Juan and Jemez  
Mountains scenery is an added bonus. The put-in is not too far from Durango, as you can see on the road map further down. A good workout and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came.

Briefly about the general area:
The Highline Trail is a perfect hiking trail near Animas River; the snow is pleasant at Purgatory. You just can't imagine the amount of outdoors entertaining stuff the San Juan and Jemez Mountains has to offer. Here at Animas River there are plenty of people from Silverton; there is a good hiking trail nearby called the Deer Park Trail.

Animas River, Silverton to Tacoma road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Animas River.
 Whitewater Near Animas River:
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 4 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (1st Gorge)
Mineral Creek - South, -blank- County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.5 miles long (Above South Mineral Camp Ground)
Canyon Creek, La Plata County, 8 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (to Animas River)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24.2 miles long (Silverton to Tacoma)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.6 miles long (Tacoma to Rockwood Rail Yard)
Lime Creek, -blank- County, 9 miles away
      Class V+ - -blank- miles long (2nd Gorge)
Hermosa Creek, La Plata County, 14 miles away
      Class IV-V - 24 miles long (Hermosa Park to US 550)
Vallecito Creek, La Plata County, 16 miles away
      Class V+ - 1 miles long (1 mile above Vallecito Campground)
Whitewater Outfitter - Waterwolf, San Miguel County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Further Adventures, San Miguel County, 17 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Animas River:
Purgatory, Colorado , 6 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 8 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 9 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 17 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 30 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 65 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
Powderhorn, Colorado , 82 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
Irwin Lodge, Colorado , 84 miles away, 2100 foot drop, 3 lifts, 15 runs
Crested Butte, Colorado , 86 miles away, 2775 foot drop, 16 lifts, 121 runs
Sunlight Mountain, Colorado , 99 miles away, 2010 foot drop, 4 lifts, 67 runs
 Marinas Near Animas River:
Vallecito Doc's Marina, Bayfield , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Animas River:
Teller House, Silverton , 9 miles away
The Ice House Condominiums, Telluride , 16 miles away
The Ice House Lodge, Telluride , 16 miles away
Camel's Garden, Telluride , 16 miles away
New Sheridan Hotel, Telluride , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Animas River:
Lime Creek Campground, San Juan County, 2 miles away
Little Molas Lake, Silverton, 5 miles away
Purgatory Campground, La Plata County, 6 miles away
 Trails Near Animas River:
Highline Trail, San Juan , 8 miles away
Deer Park Trail, San Juan , 9 miles away
Whitehead Trail, San Juan , 9 miles away
Brooklyn Trail, San Juan , 11 miles away
Circle Trail, Dolores , 13 miles away
 Public Lands Near Animas River:
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM , 49 miles away
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 52 miles away
San Juan National Forest, Colorado , 18 miles away
Ridgway State Park, Colorado , 31 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico , 40 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Animas River:
Glacier Club At Tamarron, Durango , 11 miles away
Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Durango , 17 miles away
Cornerstone Colorado, Telluride , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Animas River
Vallecito Lake, San Juan , 13 miles away
Cushman Lake, San Miguel , 17 miles away

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