Animas River

· La Plata

Animas River

Undeniably the birding gem of Durango, the riparian area along the Animas River is among the best in southwestern Colorado. The area is best during migration, when a number of passerine migrants and the occasional rarity could be found. During the winter keep an eye out for finches and ducks along the river. The best stretches are behind the Four Corners Riversports store south of downtown, and from the fish hatchery at 17th and Main Street close to downtown.

County: La Plata

Habitat: Lowland Riparian, Stream

Directions: To get to the south section of the river walk, from the intersection of US 160 & US 550 near downtown Durango, drive east on 160 and turn right into Santa Rita park (at the light). Park here and walk downstream, under the bridge, to the area behind Four Corners Riversports Store. To get to the north section, drive north on US 550 and turn right into the Division of Wildlife fish hatchery after crossing the Animas River and just before 17th Street. Park at the fish hatchery and walk north on the path.

Delorme: 86 B3-C3
Roads of Colorado: 146 C1

Dates of Access: Open all year
Hours: Daylight hours
Ownership: Municipal
Admission: Free

Restrictions: None

Parking: Paved parking areas
Lodging: None

Handicapped: No
Handicapped Access: Handicap accessible trail

Latitude: 37.2812159
Longitude: -107.8762734

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RestroomsYes (Hatchery)
Drinking FountainYes (Hatchery)
Gravel TrailsNo
Paved TrailsYes
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo

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