Animas River Days flows back into town

A revitalized and expanded Animas River Days rolls into Durango this weekend. Unlike past years, River Days, which runs June 1-3, is shifting toward becoming a river festival rather than a whitewater-only event. Activities will include everything from the traditional whitewater rodeo and slalom races and ever-popular boat parade and after-party to a pancake breakfast, fly fishing events and a river clean-up.

A complete schedule follows:

Fri., June 1

6 p.m.: The annual boat parade leaves the 32nd Street put-in. An after-parade party follows at Four Corners Riversports

Sat., June 2

10 a.m.: A whitewater slalom race is staged at Santa Rita Park

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: A fly casting and fly tying demo takes place at Santa Rita Park

11 a.m.-3 p.m.: BMX Fun Day runs at the BMX track along the Animas River

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Dog/Owner Look Alike, Beach Dog and Crazy

Dog Fetching competitions take place at Santa Rita Park

1 p.m.: A fly-fishing clinic is held at Santa Rita Park

2 p.m.: The Division of Wildlife hosts a hatchery and wildlife museum tour

Sun., June 3

8:30-10 a.m.: Southwest Whitewater hosts a pancake breakfast at the store

9 a.m.: The annual down-river race begins at the 32nd St. put-in

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: A fly casting and fly tying demo takes place at Santa Rita Park

11 a.m.: The annual whitewater rodeo returns to Santa Rita Park

12 noon-3 p.m.: Santa Rita Park hosts a skate/BMX competition

2-4 p.m.: Animas River Days draws to a close with a river clean-up/BBQ at Backcountry Experience

Durango Discovery Museum tours, bike trail bird watching at For the Birds and volleyball tournaments will be offered throughout the weekend.