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Colorado whitewater, Animas River

La Plata county, Purple Cliffs to State line section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     12 miles
  The scenic beauty of Colorado and the cool fresh water beats anything. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Durango, as you can see on the road map further down. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. This section is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your
    time, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room
before you come because it is a very popular destination. The Purple Cliffs to State line section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. The Purple Cliffs to State line section of Animas River is 12 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. A good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. Some people prefer whitewater rafting  
and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling rivers.

Briefly about the general area:
Near Animas River you find Sanchez Draw which is a splendid place to take a look at, and Animas River is not far at all from Durango. Around Animas River you donít get a lot of rain. Through the month of August you get the most rain around here, and June meanwhile is the driest month. The warmest time of the year brings highs in the 80's to Animas River, and all through summer nights temperatures are in the 40's. The wintertime brings highs down to the 30's with temperatures at Animas River dipping down into the 0's all through winter nights.

Animas River, Purple Cliffs to State line 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:
Animas River, La Plata County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Purple Cliffs to State line)
Whitewater Outfitter - 4 Corners Whitewater, La Plata County, 7 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Outlaw Rivers & Jeep Tours, La Plata County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Durango Rafting, La Plata County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Flexible Flyers Rafting, La Plata County, 10 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Animas River, La Plata County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (32nd St. Park to Purple Cliffs)
Animas River, San Juan County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 25 miles long (Cedar Hill to Farmington City Park)
Animas River, San Juan/ La Plata County, 23 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2.6 miles long (Tacoma to Rockwood Rail Yard)
Canyon Creek, La Plata County, 23 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (to Animas River)
San Juan River, San Juan County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 50 miles long (Navajo Dam to Four Corners)
 Ski Areas Near Animas River:
Hesperus Ski Center, Colorado , 16 miles away, 700 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Purgatory, Colorado , 28 miles away, 2029 foot drop, 11 lifts, 85 runs
Silverton, Colorado , 40 miles away, 3200 foot drop, 1 lifts, 1 runs
Kendall Mountain, Colorado , 41 miles away, 400 foot drop, 1 lifts, 3 runs
Telluride, Colorado , 45 miles away, 3845 foot drop, 18 lifts, 115 runs
Wolf Creek, Colorado , 77 miles away, 1604 foot drop, 7 lifts, 77 runs
 Hotels Near Animas River:
La Quinta Inn & Suites Durango, Durango , 7 miles away
Homewood Suites By Hilton Durango CO, Durango , 7 miles away
Super 8 Durango, Durango , 7 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Durango, Durango , 7 miles away
Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn, Durango , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Animas River:
Durango East KOA, Durango, 8 miles away
K O A Kampgrounds, Durango, 8 miles away
Cotton wood RV Park, Durango, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Animas River:
Aztec Ruins National Monument, Aztec - NM , 18 miles away
Mesa Verde National Park, Mesa Verde National Park - CO , 40 miles away
Navajo State Park, Colorado , 22 miles away
Navajo Lake State Park, New Mexico , 26 miles away
Mancos State Park, Colorado , 32 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Animas River:
Hillcrest Golf Club, Durango , 9 miles away
Hunter's Run Golf Course, Ignacio , 11 miles away
Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Durango , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Animas River
Pastorius Reservoir, La Plata , 6 miles away
Mormon Reservoir, La Plata , 19 miles away

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