Arkansas River

Description:

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.

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.

Phone:

719-539-7289

Email:

dbruns@blm.gov

Address:

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area 307 West Sackett Salida, CO 81201

Activities:

Biking Boating Camping Interpretive Programs Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Off Highway Vehicle Picnicking Winter Sports Water Sports Wildlife Viewing

Organization:

BLM - Bureau of Land Management

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