Las Animas trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Las Animas is the Statutory City that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Bent County, Colorado, United States. The city population was 2,410 at the 2010 United States Census. Las Animas is located in southeast Colorado east of Pueblo, near the historic Bent's Fort.HistoryLas Animas is located on the Arkansas River, just west of its confluence with the Purgatoire River (or "Purgatory River").A famous legend says that the town and the Purgatoire River were named for a group of conquistadors, probably part of Coronado's expedition, who died without the last rites sacrament of a priest. According to Catholic belief, their souls would go to Purgatory as a result. The original Spanish name for Las Animas ("The Souls," in Spanish) was purported to be La Ciudad de Las Animas Perdidos en Purgatorio, "The city of lost souls in Purgatory."According to the book Trinidad, Colorado Territory by Morris F. Taylor, this explanation is not consistent with Spanish Catholic belief. Souls in purgatory are not lost; they are in limbo for a short time of purification before ascending to heaven. According to Taylor, the French developed the connotation of souls in Purgatory.Las Animas is in Colorado (CO). Plan your visit to Las Animas and other destinations in United States using our United States trip planner.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Las Animas
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Las Animas
Places to visit with Las Animas
Recently planned trips to Las Animas
12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 1 day in Las Animas BY A USER FROM PERU April, kids, culture, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Southeast Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Las Vegas, Las Animas & New York City BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy