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The Animas River Trail runs for just over 9 miles along the scenic Animas River, occasionally following the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad corridor. During summer, about eight trains per day run along the tracks; in Durango the trains travel a maximum of 15-20 mph. The trail extends from Animas City Park at Bennett Road heading south to River Road, where it crosses the bridge to end at La Posta Road. The trail cuts through several city parks and across five bridges.
Along the way, you'll find many interpretive signs and nice facilities. During summer watch the kayakers and inner-tube floaters along the river. There are plans to extend the trail both north and south of its current end points.
You can park at a small gravel lot along Bennett Road at the trail's northern end and at the bend of E. 29th Street where the trail crosses. You can park at the CSU Extension campus between the ballfields and the river. Parking is available at the Durango Public Library at E. 3rd and Park avenues and at Rotary Park at the end of E. 2nd Avenue, shopping plazas along Main Street on the river's east bank where the trail crosses, at Schneider Park along Roosa Avenue (2 parking areas), at Santa Rita Drive and Camino del Rio (US 550/160), at the Durango Mall, at the end of River Oaks Drive (a few spaces only) and at the southern endpoint at the scenic overlook by River and La Posta roads.
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