DescriptionIn taking the name of the river that flows into the nearby Arkansas River, town founders thought it expedient to shorten the name, since the original title of the Purgatoire River was Río de las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio (River of Souls Lost in Purgatory).
Las Animas flourishes as a trading center for the stock ranches and irrigated farms of the surrounding high plains and as a destination for vacationers at John Martin Reservoir State Park . Two murals highlighting the Western heritage of the Santa Fe Trail can be seen from US 50.
Visitor InfoBent County Development Foundation 332 Ambassador Thompson Blvd. LAS ANIMAS, CO 81054. Phone:(719)456-0452