Animas, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||IV-V (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||118 fpm|
|Max Gradient||120 fpm|
|ANIMAS RIVER BELOW SILVERTON, CO|
|usgs-09359020||300 - 1000 cfs||IV-V||01h06m||86 cfs (too low)|
The Rockwood Box is paddled as a continuation of the Upper Animas River in beautiful Southern Colorado.
If you feel you've been pushed to your max on the Upper then you should consider taking out at the Tacoma train stop. You can catch the last train around 5:30 pm (Check the current train schedule.) or if it's already passed your only option is to hike out along the tracks (although this is considered trespassing). If you arrive at Tacoma hungry for more action then continue on. Just be aware that the rapids become more challenging, the canyon walls provide fewer opportunities for exit, and finding the take-out is critical. Past the take-out the river plunges into the unrunnable Lower Rockwood Box. Check locally for the latest scouting report on the Box
For additional information see: Banks, G. and D. Eckhardt. 1999. Colorado Rivers and Creeks, 2nd edition.
Notes from the streamkeeper: The first rapid in the Rockwood box is known as Mandatory Thrashing by most kayakers and by The Guardian by some rafting companies (even though it is rarely rafted due to the strenuous hike out). At low to medium flows go far right. At medium to high flows run right down the center. This rapid is extremely difficult to scout.
Another difficult rapid you will come to is called Red Wall - a boulder choked affair with a center to left to center run, but might be totally different rapid at various flows.
About the takeout: there is a sign that says 'take out' and if you miss that there is a road on river right that should get your attention.
!! Whatever you do do not go past the TAKE OUT sign. (Unless you are spiderman or superman...)
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
Colorado Mine Accident closes Animas River
August 6, 2015