Oxbow Park: Debating preservation

Oxbow Park: Debating preservation

Has Durango sold its river, and its soul, to recreation?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Durango Herald File Photo ¬ Tubers enter the Animas River at the 33rd Street put-in.
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