Animas Springs River Ranch (Guided)


Durango, Colorado

Group Size

3 people per guide


4 hours



Just 20 minutes from Durango! 

Tucked between sections of Southern Ute Tribal waters, the Animas Springs River Ranch formerly the Craig Ranch is a fantastic place to get away. Representing one of the largest riverfront ranches along the Animas guests will see working cattle ranch that has been on this property since 1945, and they are happy to provide premier fishing access to this unique stretch of the Animas. Located just a short drive from Durango, you can have the solitude of fishing private water with hotels, breweries and fly shops just around the corner!

Recently stocked with over 500 brute Rainbow and 100 Brown Trout this location offers almost 1 miles of both sides of the Animas River, and 3 stream fed stocked ponds.  It is a property to explore all day without a care in the world except enjoying all SW Colorado has to offer our guests.

Rainbow trout are most often found in this segment of freestone river, but the occasional brown finds their way in. The fish populations are supported by an abundance of insect life. Streamers can be just as productive depending on time of day and year. Blue Wing Olives, Golden Stones and Mayflies are the big hatches here.

At the Animas Springs River Ranch, the water is full of great habitat and holding water. From top to bottom, the mighty Animas cascades through riffles, holes, runs, and a few well built man made features. 

Recently purchased, the new landowner has invested signficantally in stocking and habitat improvements.