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Animas River

When it’s time to put the hustle of daily life to the side and explore somewhere new and exciting, there’s no place on the map quite like Durango, Colorado to inspire adventure. This scenic and inviting locale is known for its mountainous surroundings paired with Old West flair that balances out days of old with modernity seamlessly. Whether you’re one for shopping and dining your way through a stay or can’t wait to get into nature and explore, Durango has something for you. Among the many natural landmarks to be sure to check out is the ever-appealing Animas River.

A Picturesque Feature of the Durango Landscape

The Animas River is a free-flowing favorite of locals and visitors alike. As scenic as it is inspiring, the Animas River flows through downtown Durango and beyond its borders starting in the towering peaks of the stunning San Juan Mountains. The name translates from Spanish into River of Lost Souls. While some believe it was named for explorers who met their demise on its banks in the 16th century, others believe it stems from abandoned Pueblan homes that are notorious in the area.

Adventures to Enjoy on the Animas River

If you’re simply looking to indulge in the beauty the Durango river offers up freely, start your adventure on the Animas River Trail. This is easy to access from historic downtown Durango and can be enjoyed over the course of an afternoon at your very own pace. For a more adrenaline-pumping experience, consider booking a spot on a white water rafting tour that takes a different approach to the curves and bends of the river. Both kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are popular activities to enjoy on these waters as well.

group of people whitewater rafting fly fishing in a river
For those anglers that are excited to cast a line, the Animas River is a notoriously wonderful spot for fly fishing fun. Whether you head out on your own or alongside a knowledgeable guide, the Durango river promises to provide abundantly. Both rainbow and brown trout are among the most frequently caught species near Durango.

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Experiencing Durango for yourself is a must. When you’re ready for the adventure the team at Durango Colorado Vacations can help get you settled in just the right vacation rental. Reach out today to learn more about our variety of property options in the area and to start planning your next exciting trip to scenic Colorado. If you’re planning a vacation for the holidays, a stay in our holiday cottages in Durango will surely be a treat!

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