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“Best views in the town”

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Ranked #18 of 56 things to do in Salida
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Owner description: An area of the Arkansas River with spectacular scenery and 14,000-foot mountains.
Reviewed December 23, 2015

If you're passing by the area, be sure to visit here. There is a 7 dollar fee. Most people do not pay it. But I know you're a good American citizen (or honorable global traveler) and will support the site.

What a place to have a picnic. If you're on the road and want a shady spot with tables to eat your Pb&J, stop here.

This is probably the only place you're going to get to have a full, Panaramic view of the Collegiate Peaks. Yep, Yale, Princeton, Columbia. Seriously, guys. You're in such an amazing place and you just had to name them after Ivy League schools, didn't ya?

But enough of the rant. I got the best shots of the mountains from here.

1  Thank MomOfBoysOhMy
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Reviewed July 12, 2015

If you are a first time visitor to the area, this is a great stop for resources on local outdoor activities and weather conditions! The staff are friendly and wealth of information-and, the building is dog friendly!

3  Thank Judy T
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Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is an absolute must if you are new to the area and planning any trip on the Arkansas River. Up to date info on river flows, trip planning, and hazards to avoid to ensure a safe and fun trip on the river.
The AHRA is the governing body that oversees all river activity from Granite to Canon City, including put-ins and take-outs along this stretch of the Arkansas!

1  Thank scottys831
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Reviewed April 26, 2015

Loved going to the river - people just started to raft my last day - very fun to watch from River's Edge and from railroad track side as i biked
April is end of cold season - end of June - Art festival kicks up quite the celebration on and off the waters of the Arkansas.

1  Thank GypsyVisionary
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Reviewed August 26, 2014

Colorado's Dept. of Wildlife and Partygoing has 42 parks in its system. The vast majority are near population centers where the public and 'cut their teeth' on the camping/hiking/fishing/etc. experience that will prepare you for the real outdoor challenges, like Rocky Mountain National Park, State Forest State Park, Golden Gate, Mueller, and so forth. Arkansas Headwaters Rec. Area (AHRA) is one of those 'Big Boys' - maybe even "Pappy."

When you think of Colorado and adventure, you have to think of whitewater rafting and fly fishing stocked streams. Well, that's AHRA in a nutshell. The State has done an EXCELLENT job of setting up sites along the (Arkansas) River for kayakers and rafters to enter the water and several places to fish and camp. The stocked fish comes out of a hatchery in Salida, and they are a good size to start.

Don't go here thinking you can handle it yourself on your first attempt. Get a guide. Once you get an idea, then you can go otherwise. You might even go in the Royal Gorge area and see the bridge. It's spectacular scenery all the way to Pueblo.. where the first dam is located. The next place it's dammed is at John Martin Reservoir, both of which are also State Parks.

I fished, panned for gold, watched rafters, and just relaxed at several of the park sites.. which are many... and no.. I didn't find any gold (but it was fun never-the-less).

I should say if you want a town to stay in, instead of camping or sleeping in your car.. then use Salida. I want to review that town.. as I visited every town of any size and must say that it is absolutely the best town to visit and live in.. in Colorado.. well, at least for me and my personality. just saying.

they have a great webpage for the location of sites along the river.. so check it out. Also, if you google "Arkansas River Rafting tours" .. you will get plenty of hits of who will be of service.

have fun.. this is one park you will always remember. And ignore the listing above, where it give AR as the state location.. the 81201 zip is for Salida.

6  Thank Brian H
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