Class III – Class IV
Early Spanish explorers of the Four Corners region named the Animas (“ghosts” in Spanish) for the spirits that the natives of the area claimed to haunt the shores of the river’s lower stretches. Today, the bustling town of Durango flanks the shores of the stream’s most popular run, an exciting class III day stretch enjoyed by hundreds of tourists, kayakers and fishermen throughout the spring and summer. The Upper Animas remains an exhilarating Class V wilderness overnighter that begins just outside of Silverton and flows twenty-seven miles through spectacular mountain backcountry.
If you would like more information about trips on the Animas River, please fill out the form below to send an inquiry to each of the outfitters listed above.