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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

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Listing the AHRA in Salida makes sense because the very interesting Headquarters is just off the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boulder, Colorado
Very informative

We enjoyed our visit here. Some interesting displays. And the front desk person was kind enough... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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An area of the Arkansas River with spectacular scenery and 14,000-foot mountains.
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307 W Sackett Ave, Salida, CO 81201-1654
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Listing the AHRA in Salida makes sense because the very interesting Headquarters is just off the downtown in lovely, historic Salida, but most of the fun is up or down the river outside of town. Having said that, if you are in Salida, do make...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Niwotois
Reviewed September 17, 2018

We enjoyed our visit here. Some interesting displays. And the front desk person was kind enough to stay a little after closing to accommodate us without complaint.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kttr0ut
Reviewed February 5, 2018

A nice place for the group to meet up at after a few hours of mountain biking, fishing, fun, shopping, eating, and drinking. The cement trail meanders along the river front and if you get the local city map(found in most businesses and rest) you...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

We camped at the five points campsite and it had amazing views . We also had mountain goat herd going up and down the mountains . The vault toilet was also very clean . It is close to the river and there is a trail...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Minchu01
Reviewed August 10, 2017

We made a quick stop for some fresh air and to see the river close up. I wish we could have spent more time! This is a great place to enjoy the local flora and the river is mesmerizing.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Valerie B
Reviewed April 25, 2017 via mobile

I'd give this a higher rating if there were more hiking trails along the river. It if fishing or water access is your thing then this gets a 5 star rating. Either way, it's lovely with tons of picnic spots.

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank DeanneHA
Reviewed March 23, 2017

We found this place while driving back to Denver from a short weekend get away in Salida, CO. Wow! What a gem! We saw the sign on the road and decided to check it out. We are sooooo glad we did! Beautiful area with clear...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank NikitaWorld07
Reviewed December 19, 2016

The facility was nice enough and the staff were friendly and helpful. I still haven't gotten past the fact that they call this stream a river.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank jamesgwilkins
Reviewed October 30, 2016

We frequented this area often for hiking and exploring when we lived in the area. Naturally, we went back on our recent Colorado trip. The beauty of nature is still there with lots of open spaces to camp. This has to be the best Gem...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank TravelinSoul
Reviewed October 22, 2016

Since we grew up in Arkansas and have seen the Arkansas River many times, we stopped at this area to see what the river looks like in Colorado. It was an interesting perspective to see this clear, little river with some whitewater that grows into...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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