Oxbow Park: Debating preservation

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Oxbow Park: Debating preservation

Has Durango sold its river, and its soul, to recreation?
The glacially-carved Animas Valley as the river runs into Durango. The contentious Oxbow preserve is just left of center, where the beach sticks into the river. Jonathan Thompson photo.
After growing steadily from its humble beginnings, the local rafting industry plateaued, its fortunes fluctuating based on river levels and the national economy. Source: Colorado River Outfitters Association.
A relatively quiet day (Easter 2014) at one of the Animas River boat put-ins. During the average summer day, this area is filled with rafts, buses, trailers and boaters. Jonathan Thompson photo.
Durango Herald File Photo ¬ Tubers enter the Animas River at the 33rd Street put-in.

Oxbow Park: Debating preservation

The glacially-carved Animas Valley as the river runs into Durango. The contentious Oxbow preserve is just left of center, where the beach sticks into the river. Jonathan Thompson photo.
After growing steadily from its humble beginnings, the local rafting industry plateaued, its fortunes fluctuating based on river levels and the national economy. Source: Colorado River Outfitters Association.
A relatively quiet day (Easter 2014) at one of the Animas River boat put-ins. During the average summer day, this area is filled with rafts, buses, trailers and boaters. Jonathan Thompson photo.
Durango Herald File Photo ¬ Tubers enter the Animas River at the 33rd Street put-in.
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