Animas, Colorado, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||90 fpm|
|ANIMAS RIVER AT SILVERTON, CO.|
|usgs-09358000||150 - 2000 cfs||II-III||120d23h22m||115 cfs (too low)|
Once below the town of Howardsville, the Animals gets some of its gradient back. The river speeds up to class II/III as its enters a noncommitting high cliffed mountain canyon.
This is a run of both respective whitewater quality and westslope scenic quality, making it a worthy float or excellent addition to any Upper A trip.
It has been reported that the man made structures in downtown Silverton become decent for play at higher flows.
Put in at the Howardsville Bridge (take out of the Eureka/Howardsville section) 3.9 miles northeast of silverton along CR2.
Take out in Silverton proper, or downstream at the Mineral Creek confluence.