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Animas River

  • Animas River at Animas Fork

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    The Animas River is 126-mile-long, originates at Animas Forks northeast of Silverton at an elevation of 11,120 feet, and flows southward to Farmington, New Mexico, where it joins the San Juan River.
    Animas River at Animas Fork
  • Animas River and Abandoned Buildings

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    A Colorado State Historical Fund grant to San Juan County, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, provided for stabilization of the remaining structures in 1997 and 1998. 
    Animas River and Abandoned Buildings
  • Animas River in San Juan Mountains

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    Animas Forks is a ghost town located just northeast of Silverton, Colorado. This is where Animas Fork originated. The landscape around Animas Fork is impressive and in general the best time to visit is middle June to the end of September.
    Animas River in San Juan Mountains
  • Town of Silverton

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    The town of Silverton,at an elevation of 9,318 feet, is a only township in San Juan County. It was famous for mining at the turn of the 20th century, but it is a popular tourist town. They yellowish river on the right is Animas River.
    Town of Silverton
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References: 

Rob Blair, ed., The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1996).

Deborah D. Paulson and William L. Baker, The Nature of Southwestern Colorado: Recognizing Human Legacies and Restoring Natural Places (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2006).

Additional Information: 

Carl Abbott, Stephen J. Leonard, and Thomas J. Noel, Colorado: A History of the Centennial State, 5th ed. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2013).

Rob Blair and George Bracksieck, eds., The Eastern San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2011).

Thomas J. Noel and Duane A. Smith, Colorado: The Highest State, 2nd ed. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2011).

Jonathan Thompson, “Gold King Mine Water Was Headed for the Animas, Anyway: The Nuts and Bolts of Acid Mine Drainage,” High Country News August 28, 2015..

Jonathan Thompson, “When Our River Turned Orange: Nine Things You Need to Know About the Animas River Mine Waste Spill,” High Country News August 15, 2015..

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