Recreation in Riverfest
Thank you friends for your contributions!
The area known today as Animas, Berg, and Boyd Parks would not be the recreational asset to the community it is today if not for the land grants and easements from following families. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
The River Reach Foundation is still in need of easements along the banks of the Animas downstream of the trail which ends 1100 feet downstream of Boyd Park. The goal is to extend the trail along the banks of the Animas to the confluence with the San Juan River, at which point the botanical garden will be established by Jeff Neidhardt M.D.
Land Grants & Donations
- Walter and Winifred Berg — 12.66 acres — 1966
- J.L. (Mutt) and Fern Foutz — 26.25 acres — 1986
- Roy and Donella Owen — 7.35 acres — 1986
- Omer and Winnie Tucker — 4.94 acres — 1986
- Scott and Eleanor Brown — 2.64 acres — 1992
- Scott and Eleanor Brown — 3.86 acres — 1992
- Joseph Palmer et. al. — 1.19 acres — 2011
Within the last 5 years easements along the banks of the river have been granted by:
- Nina Patterson
- Geoff Brimhall
- Alan Stanco
- Steiner Corporation
- Custom Granite and Glass Inc. (Dollar) for $18,500.00, rest were grants with no money to grantor)
- Ernie and Cara Martin, so that the trail can be completed between Berg Park and Boyd Park.
The Foundation is involved with the following activities:
River Clean Up: Organized river clean-up by volunteers on a regular basis.
Community Events: Thousands of people are drawn to the riverine corridor to attend events such as Riverfest, Fallfest, Renaissance Fair, Free Concerts, Riverglo, Charity Runs and Walks, Sporting Events and numerous other events.
Land Acquisitions: Via grants and donations, land is acquired and conserved, protected and appropriately developed for future generations.
Education: The Foundation is committed to education within the Riverine Park system, including:
- Display Booth
- Bank Stabilization
- Environmental Impact
- Conservation Awareness
- River Safety
- Habitat Awareness
River Recreation: Numerous recreation opportunities can be enjoyed within the River Corridor, including:
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
Farmington’s River Corridor was featured in the May 2001 issue of Sunset Magazine.
Forming in the San Juan Mountains of San Juan County, Colorado, the Animas River is a free-flowing, cold-water stream running south through Southwestern Colorado and down into New Mexico.
Within Farmington’s River Corridor, the Animas is generally calm, although it can be clouded by sediments. The Animas may remain navigable to canoes, rafts, and tubes into late August or early September, depending upon snowpack and summer rains.
Due to the generally cold nature of the river, wetsuits, dry suits or layered water-repelling garments should be worn to protect against hypothermia anytime the combination of air temperature and water temperature is below 100° F.
Hard-soled river boots are strongly recommended to protect feet from rocks in the river and along the banks. Gore-Tex or wool socks should be worn for added dryness and warmth.
The Animas River
The Spaniards named it El Rio de las Animas Perdidas – River of Lost Souls.
At its beginning, the Animas River is a swirling torrent. It comes hurtling out of the peaks above Silverton, Colorado, and plunges over 2,000 feet in the next 30 miles.
By the time it reaches Farmington, the Animas is tame. Dropping only about five feet per mile, the river welcomes open canoes and novice rafters.
Hydropower—The Animas River plant is New Mexico’s oldest operating hydroelectric system. It is located on the Animas River in Farmington New Mexico. The facility has a generating capacity of 200 kilowatts. The plant has operated since its construction in 1902 and was refurbished in 1981. It is owned and operated by the City of Farmington.