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Arkansas River, CO

Bureau of Land Management

Overview

The Arkansas River is one of the most popular river-rafting spots in the United States. The area also provides some of the best fishing in Colorado. The spectacular scenery is highlighted by the steep, narrow, rocky canyons that provide excellent opportunities to view Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. There are over 25 developed river-access areas. Popular activities include rockhounding at Ruby Mountain, fishing for brown trout at Hecla Junction, and wildlife-watching at the Five Points Watchable Wildlife Area in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. The area is jointly managed by the BLM and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Recreational Activities:

  • BIKING
  • BOATING
  • CAMPING
  • FISHING
  • HIKING
  • HORSEBACK RIDING
  • INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
  • OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE
  • PICNICKING
  • WATER SPORTS
  • WILDLIFE VIEWING
  • WINTER SPORTS

Address:

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
307 West Sackett
Salida,CO,81201
Phone: 719-539-7289
Email: dbruns@blm.gov

Directions:

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area extends about 148 miles from Leadville to the Pueblo Reservoir through the towns of Buena Vista, Salida, Canon City, and Florence.

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