Animas River in good condition for rafting

Created: 05/28/2014 5:28 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

After 20 years working the Animas River, you learn a little about the river.

“Every season is different, and that's what keeps you coming back year to year, you get to enjoy whatever mother nature brings you,” said Alex Mickel, owner of Mild to Wild Rafting and Jeep Trail Tours in Durango, CO.

It doesn’t matter how muddy the Animas River is. To rafters, a high flow means a good time.

“It’s running 3,780 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second) this morning which is a dynamite level,” said Mickel.

He is excited about the prospect of a great season this year.

“It’s just looking dynamite. We have a great snow pack up high," Mickel said. "We are looking, if the spring continues like it has, we are looking at sustained flows that are tons of fun options for everybody."

More snow in the high country means a better runoff and more water coming down stream, which means good news for local businesses

Kirk Komick, owner of the Rochester Hotel and Leland House echoes Mickel’s sentiments. “When there is water in the river, the tourism season is always a little bit better,” Komick said.

He says the season has been great so far.

Back on the Animas, Mickel is glad for the water in the river and says rafting is about more than just getting wet.

“Rafting is getting outside and enjoying your world, being out there connecting with friends and family, and just living the day and having a great time.”

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