Explore your backyard! Thanks to an amazing synergy of efforts, the Animas paddle trail from Durango to Farmington is happening! We have some initial maps, guidebooks, and cooperating landowners. We have initial maps of the diversion dams, and even have some camping sites identified! The run Durango to Farmington is 54 miles, so a few days at most water levels. Even at 5-600 cfs it is a surprisingly nice run.
You can help by going paddling! Print (or smartphone) our primitive online guidebook, and test our beta. This guidebook is in a test phase, so prepare for some adventure. Until we have some warning signs and better assessment of the diversion dams, err to the side of more skill in your group.
Here is a link to the guidebook:
The float trail concept has strong organizational support from New Mexico organizations and others (City of Farmington, City of Aztec, San Juan County NM, River Reach Foundation, BLM, San Juan College, National Park Service RTCA, Trails 2000, etc) Hopefully La Plata County and The City of Durango will find a way to participate too. Feedback appreciated!
The same coalition is working on a mapping project for the San Juan River from the reservoir to Farmington. This section is pretty easy, and has water much longer into the year thanks to releases from Navajo Reservoir. We don’t yet have a mini guidebook for this section, but early trips report it is scenic, clear water, and has a lot of BLM primitive camping. Do your own exploritory quickly, before we line it all out with a guidebook!
June 23, 2013: “As a result of decreasing tributary inflows into the San Juan River, along with a hot and dry forecast, the Bureau of Reclamation will be increasing the release from Navajo Reservoir from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 650 cfs on Monday, June 17th, beginning at 10:00 am, and from 650 cfs to 800 cfs on Tuesday, June 18th, beginning at 8:00 am. Releases are made for the authorized purposes of the Navajo Unit, and to attempt to maintain a target base flow through the endangered fish critical habitat reach of the San Juan River (Farmington to Lake Powell).