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Animas River Trail

Animas River Trail, Durangoo Colorado map area

Animas River Trail

LENGTH:

7.5 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Durango

HIGHLIGHTS:

Durango & Silverton Railroad, Animas River, local parks, Historic Downtown Durango

NEARBY TRAILS:

Florida Road Multi-Use Path

RELATED LINKS:

Durango

Regional Trails

The Animas River Trail is a 7.5-mile long paved pathway that follows the route of the river through most of the Durango area.

The trail starts 2.5 miles to the north of the downtown area. Much of this northern portion of the Animas River Trail is located near the tracks for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. In the summer months, there is a good chance that you might see the historic train go by at certain times of the day. The trail goes past a number of local parks in this area.

Animas River Trail, Durango, Colorado

In the Downtown Durango area, the Animas River Trail takes a loop to the west, but is adjacent to part of town with the historic buildings, restaurants, shops and train depot.

The trail then heads to the south side of Durango. This section is less congested and has fewer road crossings. Trail users will be delighted with the views of the surrounding rocky cliffs and the groves of cottonwoods and willows along the waterway. In summer months, kayaks can be seen navigating the river. In the southern section, the trail goes past the Durango Mall, other commercial and industrial areas as well as some residential neighborhoods.

Conditions

The Animas River Trail is paved for the entire route. The trail does have a number of street crossing in the northern section and through the downtown area. South of downtown there are few road crossings and less congestion.

Communities

The Animas River Trail goes past the following communities: Durango.

Points of Interest

The Animas River Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Memorial Park
Durango Recreation Center
Durango High School
Durango Public Library
Rotary Park
Durango Discovery Kids Zone
Schnieder Park
Santa Rita Park
Durango BMX Track
Durango Mall
Escalante Middle School
Dallabetta Park
Nearby Trails

Florida Road Multi-Use Path: the two trails come close at E. 15th Street and E. 3rd Avenue.

End Points

The north end of the Animas River Trail is located along Bennett Street near E. 2nd Avenue.

The south end of the trail is located at Dallabetta Park at River Road and La Posta Road.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Animas River Trail in Durango, Colorado.