Animas River Horse Trail

The 13th most popular equestrian trail in Colorado.

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North of Durango near Purgatory, the Animas River Trail runs along steep river banks through a rocky canyon. The route starts by following the Purgatory Trail (#511) east and then southeast down along Cascade Creek to the Animas River (3.7 miles). At the Animas River, turn northeast onto the Animas River Trail (#675) and follow upstream for 5 miles to the Weminuche Wilderness boundary. The trail continues into the Weminuche Wilderness up along Needle Creek.

To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Durango, head north on US550 for 28 miles to the NFS Purgatory Campground. The trail is on the east side of the road.

Note: This trail should not be confused with the paved Animas River Trail that runs through downtown Durango.

Overall, Animas River Horse Trail is the 13th most popular horse trail of all 66 horseback rides in Colorado. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Animas River Horse Trail including Pine River Trail / Los Pinos River, Colorado Trail - Molas Pass To Durango and Hermosa Creek Multi-Purpose Trail.

Animas River Horse Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  San Juan National Forest (970) 247-4874; Durango Visitors (800) GO DURANGO; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Colorado Trail Ranch, Durango (800) 323-3833; Continental Divide Packtrips, Durango (970) 259-6259; Echo Basin Ranch, Durango (800) 426-1890.

Recommended Book:  "Trail Riding In Rocky Mountains" from Jean Llewellyn

Recommended Map:  "Durango Trail Map" from National Geographic

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Purgatory Campground; Durango Hostel (970) 247-9905; Riverhouse B&B (800) 254-4775

Luxury Loding:  Tamarron Resort; Strater Hotel (800) 247-4431

Breakfast Restaurant:  Durango Diner; Durango Coffee Company

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  37.629, -107.8094

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  7/25/2016

ID:  13006

Animas River Horse Trail Horseback Riding Map


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