Animas River Trail


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Animas River Trail Facts

States: Colorado
Counties: La Plata
Length: 10.22 miles
Trail end points: Oxbow Park and Preserve, 500 Animas View Dr. (Durango) and Dallabetta Park, 12120-13452 La Posta Rd (Durango)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015339

Animas River Trail Description


The Animas River Trail runs for 10.22 miles along the scenic Animas River in Durango, Colorado, and follows the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad corridor for parts of its route. During summer, about eight trains per day run along the tracks; in Durango, the trains travel a maximum of 15-20 mph.

About the Route


The trail extends between Oxbow Park and Preserve in the north and River Road in the south, where it crosses the bridge to end at La Posta Road. Along its entire route, the trail cuts through several city parks and across five bridges.

Along the way, trail users will find many interpretive signs and trailside facilities. During summer watch the kayakers and inner-tube floaters along the river. 

Parking and Trail Access

The Animas River Trail runs between Oxbow Park and Preserve, 500 Animas View Dr. (Durango), and Dallabetta Park, 12120-13452 La Posta Rd (Durango), both of which offer parking.

Parking is also available at:

  • Durango Community Recreation Center, 2700 Main Ave (Durango)
  • Schneider Skate Park, 950 Roosa Ave (Durango)
  • Santa Rita Park, 111 S Camino Del Rio (Durango)

Please see TrailLink Map for all parking options and detailed directions.


Animas River Trail Reviews

Animas River Trail 2023

Excellent bike trail. I rode the entire length north to south and back. Beware, the asphalt sections have some serious ruts in them..and the area around W. 9th has a few sketchy folks and their dogs. A great ride!


I run mainly. This is a great scenic and safe trail. Multiple access areas with parking so one can vary the distances of the walk, bike ride, or run. Also can seek shelter if weather becomes an issue. Best of all there are multiple coffee houses on the way.

Beautiful and relaxing ride.

Beautiful and relaxing ride.

Love it!!!!

Awesome and relaxing place to ride..



It's pretty easy to find and follow. Lots of non bikers on the trail as well. Underpasses to protect from street crossings. Scenic Animas river views. Lots of lifted trail from tree roots makes for a rough ride.

Animas River Trail June 2018

My husband and I rode this trail from the north end (parking along the street behind City Market), but there is a parking lot further north on River Bend Rd. This trail is about 75% concrete and 25% asphalt in need of some repairs. But over all it was a great trail along the Animas River through parks and neighborhoods. Easy to moderate. Watch for people coming into trail on foot. Many places to stop along the trail to sit by river or have a beverage.


Started at the south end, parking lot across the river behind Home Depot. It had rained/misty conditions, and did not encounter many people. To label this RailsTrails might be misleading where I started; you expect that at most you encounter a slow grade increase or decrease with R to T, but the first 3 miles included several hills to travel up or down the river bank. Then the trail levels out though I turned around about 7 miles. STILL quite scenic, concrete sections very smooth, and asphalt sectins a bit bumpy.

Nice Trail

The Animas River Trail, as its name implies, is a paved trail that runs along the Animas River for about 7 miles (one way).

We started the trail at the La Plata Fairgrounds and headed north into town. The trail through town is narrow and is busy with cyclists, walkers, joggers, and people pushing baby carriages. You need to pay attention on this section of the trail because it also has a number of large cracks and tree roots on the path. If you are a history buff, there are a number of interpretive signs along the trail. There are also a number of restaurants and cafés along this section of the trail. The trail also passes through several parks.

The trail passes through Santa Rita Park which has a visitor center and nice areas for picnicking. The trail continues on for about 3.5 miles from the park and this section of the trail is the best. The trail looks newer. It is wider and has more ups and downs than the northern section. The trail ends abruptly at a scenic overlook. Overall, it was an enjoyable ride.

Great ride

Rode this trail 3 days straight in late July. The north end which is bordered by the Animas River and downtown businesses can be a little congested but is still very scenic and enjoyable.
Head south east out of town and you can get up a head of steam and enjoy some short climbs while still following the river.
This trail cost the Colorado Tax Payers a few bucks with dedicated bridges and mostly concrete pathway. It is first class all the way and I wish there were more trails done with the attention to safety and detail this one has gotten.

Rode the trail end of July, 2012. We parked at the Visitor Center and rode out both ways and back. Loved it. Very scenic along the river and easy to follow. Plenty of interesting stops. Surface is good. A few large cracks to watch for. We were riding hybrids. Beware of not-so-smart people with babies sitting in lawn chairs under shaded bridges on the trail along the river in town. This trail is highly used.

parts were closed. there's work-arounds

this is a peaceful river ride. some parts of the trail were closed, but it was not a problem. If you look at the maps on the side of the trail, you can usually see where you need to go to get past the area being worked on. I saw two 'speedo torpedo's' all angry and complaining like petulant little kids about the trail being closed.

Lots of Activity on Animas River Trail

Many short steep grades. Except for the root heaves and cracks, mainly south of US 160 bridge, this would be a 5 star Trail. Excellent Scenery, Historical Signs and Facilities. Watch the River Trippers on Rafts, Kayaks, & Tubes as you ride along side, or from the bridges.
Noel Keller 26 Jun 2010

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