Animas River Trail North Extension and Oxbow Park River Access
The Animas River Trail is a heavily used amenity within the Animas River greenway corridor in Durango. The north extension of the Animas River Trail from Memorial Park to Oxbow Park and public river access improvements at Oxbow Park have been in the planning and development stages since the summer of 2008. Between 2008 and 2012, the City held 17 public meetings to specifically vet alternatives for the trail alignment. The trail extension will provide improved connectivity for the north Durango/Animas City neighborhoods to the community trail infrastructure.
In 2019-2020, a north extension of the Animas River Trail will be built between Animas City Park and Oxbow Park and Preserve, alongside the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad line. The north end of Animas City Park will be completed as a continuous public park from East 32nd Street to just south of Halto Via Circle. The north extension of the Animas River Trail is being partially funded by a $1.4 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.
Oxbow Park is a primary river access point for many river users that currently do not have any public parking availability or river access amenities in this section of the Animas River greenway. To better facilitate river activities that occur at this location, a parking area, restroom building, walkways, boat ramp, and other amenities including added park landscaping will be developed in 2019-2020.
This project is the result of a multi-year coordination between the City of Durango, Public Utilities Commission (PUC), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), La Plata Open Space Conservancy (LPOSC), the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) and numerous community residents.
The construction of the north extension of the Animas River Trail and development of Oxbow Park are possible due to the dedicated 2005 and 2015 sales tax for Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Projects.
For more information or questions, please contact Parks and Recreation Staff:
- Scott McClain, Assistant Parks Director, (970) 375-7322
- Scott Chism, Landscape Architect, (970) 375-7385
- Lee Petty, Landscape Architect, (970) 375-7386
Additional Project Information:
- Project Timeline
- Project Scope Area Map
- Oxbow Park River Access Plan
- Animas City Park Extension Plan
- Construction Mobilization News Release - February 2019 (PDF)
- Animas River Trail North Extension and Oxbow Park Development 12-13-18 Meeting Presentation
- PowerPoint Presentation at the Thursday, February 16, 2017 Meeting (PDF)
- Animas River Trail North Extension to Oxbow 12-13-18 Meeting Public Comments
- Written Public Comments on the Animas River Trail North Extension as of 3-30-17 (PDF)
- Written Public Comments at the 2-16-17 meeting (PDF)
- Written Public Comments on the Animas River Trail North Extension Alignment from 2-16-17 meeting (PDF)