Animas, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||20 fpm|
|ANIMAS RIVER AT SILVERTON, CO.|
|usgs-09358000||150 - 2000 cfs||I-II||76d07h05m||45.6 cfs (too low)|
As the animas moves into Eureka the river passes into a wide alpine valley, losing its gradient in the process. Resulting in a beginners flat water float in proceeding 3.6 miles toward Howardsville. Follow the braided river as it slowly moves its way toward Silveton.
Be heads up for wood, and potential mining hazards. The streambed is shallow, and eddies are scarce.
From Silverton, take CR 2 northeast, for just under 4 miles, to Howardsville. The bridge in Howardsville will be your best take out option, alough you can find others if you like.
From Howardsville go on another 4.6 miles to the abandoned Eureka mine. Park on the left near the river crossing, and put in close to the road.
note: Stafford/McCutchen pg. 244