Rafting on the Animas River, Colorado, USA by Adrian Paul

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Animas River is a 126-mile-long (203 km) river in the western United States, a tributary of the San Juan River, part of the Colorado River System. The Spanish named the river “Rio de las Animas Perdidas”, “River of the Lost Souls”. It is also the last free-flowing river (un-diverted) in Colorado. The river’s free-flowing status will soon end as the Animas-LaPlata Project nears completion. The project will pump water over a low pass to fill a reservoir, Lake Nighthorse, in Ridges Basin to satisfy Southern Ute tribal water rights claims associated with the Colorado Ute Settlement Act amendments of 2000.

The Animas River rises high in San Juan Mountains of Colorado at the confluence of the West and North forks at the ghost town of Animas Forks and flows south past the ghost towns of Eureka and Howardsville. At Silverton, the river flows into the Animas Canyon.

From Durango the river flows south into New Mexico through the town of Aztec to its confluence with the San Juan River at Farmington.

This photo was taken from the Durango and Silverton Narrow gauge railroad, which follows the river through the canyon to Durango.


Camera – Nikon N80 SLR

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I am a retired secondary school English teacher and live in Coffs Harbour (NSW) Australia.

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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Great action capture Adrian !
    That is the most amazing looking raft I have ever seen !

  • Thanks Trish. Yes they have to be big to negotiate the rapids around here. The most amazing thing is that I took this photo from the window of our train – the tracks are right alongside the river.

    – Adrian Paul

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    They look extremely cheerful, a great shot

  • They sure were! They had a trainload of tourists as their audience.

    – Adrian Paul

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago


  • Wow. What a surprise! Thanks Mik.

    – Adrian Paul

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 2 years ago

    Please consider adding this to

  • Thank you Tori. I will!

    – Adrian Paul

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