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Animas Springs River Ranch / Craig Ranch

Animas Springs River Ranch

Premier fly fishing 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.   


Length of river stretch: 4200′ 

River type: Freestone

Stocked: Yes

Species: Trout- Brown, Rainbow


Price per day: $446.25 includes Guide

Craig Ranch

 Location and Features

  • 20 minutes from Durango, Colorado
  • Productive fishing in low or high water
  • Diverse water for all skill levels
  • One of our largest stretches, lots of good holes and habitat 

Craig Ranch


This private water stretch is bordered by the Ute Reservation and other private properties, so even fish that leave and enter the boundary remain unpressured.

The Craig Ranch is home to a thriving population of large Browns and Rainbows. Fish are holding and hungry all year long. These fish  are supported by an abundance of insect life with hatches coming off from warm April days through October. This extremely diverse water ranges from long riffles and cutbanks to deep holes and runs. Productive hatches range from Blue Wing Olives, Golden Stones Mayflies and Caddis. Spring and fall evenings can also be very productive with streamers and sculpins.

 Between reeling in fish at the Craig’s, make sure to take a beat and enjoy the views as well. Beautiful green hills surround this riparian refuge. Big cottonwoods flank the freestone river and are set ablaze with color as fall settles on the valley. Book your next day of angling here at Craig Ranch, take in the views and let out some line to experience the best of what the Animas River has to offer.


  • Temperature: 47.3 ° F
  • Streamflow: 1840 ft³/s
  • Gage height: 4.07 ft
Temperature Graph Streamflow Graph Gage height Graph



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