Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Ara 

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official Colorado
State Parks website.


Welcome to the Arkansas Headwaters, one of the nation's premier recreation areas!

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Stretching for over 140 miles along the Arkansas River, this Park offers abundant recreational opportunities for avid outdoorsmen as well as weekend visitors. Fishing, rafting, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sightseeing are among the long list of things to do. Deep canyons, broad valleys and towering mountain peaks that seem to go on forever attract thousands of photographers each year. The cities and towns along the river - Leadville, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs, Salida, Canon City, Florence and Pueblo - offer fine dining, lodging and plenty of Western hospitality.

The Headwaters of the Arkansas begin a few miles northwest of Leadville in the mountains of the Sawatch Range. From Leadville to just north of Salida, Highway 24 parallels the flow of the river. There are dozens of beautiful view points along the way.

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is a landmark cooperative effort of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Colorado State Parks. Through this partnership, the agencies provide visitors with outstanding recreation opportunities and care for the priceless natural resources of the Arkansas Valley.

To Contact the Park Write or Call:
Headwaters Recreation Area
307 W. Sackett
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-7289 (phone)

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