Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Welcome to the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Department!

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is recognized as one of the nation's most popular whitewater rafting and kayaking locations. The Arkansas River is the most commercially rafted river in the United States and is noted for its world-class fishery, which provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to test their skills at catching brown and rainbow trout.

AHRA visitors also enjoy camping, hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, rock climbing, and even gold panning along the river’s shores, deep canyons, broad valleys, and towering mountain peaks found within the upper Arkansas River valley.

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is a landmark cooperative effort between Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW), the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the US Forest Service (USFS).  Through this partnership, the agencies provide visitors with outstanding recreation opportunities and care for the nationally significant natural resources of the Upper Arkansas River Valley.

Upcoming Activities   Calendar

Tots on Tuesdays: Explore the Park in Your Backyard! Profile Photo  Register Tots on Tuesdays: Explore the Park in Your Backyard!
  Tuesday, 06 June 2023 |   09:00 AM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

Get excited about the park, our rangers, the river, and more! *Please only register your children in the total count. *Parent/guardian of 18 y.o. MUST attend program WITH child. *Held at Riverside Park in downtown Salida.

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Junior Ranger Salida: Explore the Park in Your Backyard! Profile Photo  Waitlist Junior Ranger Salida: Explore the Park in Your Backyard!
  Tuesday, 06 June 2023 |   10:30 AM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

Get excited about the park, our rangers, the river, and more! *Held at Riverside Park in downtown Salida.

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Junior Ranger BV: Explore the Park in Your Backyard! Profile Photo  Register Junior Ranger BV: Explore the Park in Your Backyard!
  Thursday, 08 June 2023 |   09:30 AM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

Get excited about the park, our rangers, the river, and more! *This activity will be held at River Park Pavilion in BV.

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Naturalist Campground Program: The Park After Dark (Astronomy) Profile Photo  Register Naturalist Campground Program: The Park After Dark (Astronomy)
  Friday, 09 June 2023 |   08:00 PM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

Join the Park Naturalist to learn about the park after dark, intrinsic values of the night sky, mythology of constellations, and a live night sky viewing! *Dress in layers and bring insect repellant and a headlamp. *This program is held inside t...

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Tots on Tuesdays: Leave No Trace Profile Photo  Register Tots on Tuesdays: Leave No Trace
  Tuesday, 13 June 2023 |   09:00 AM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

Learn how to protect and respect your environment. *Please only register your children in the total count. *Parent/guardian of 18 y.o. MUST attend program WITH child. *Held at Riverside Park in downtown Salida.

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Junior Ranger Salida: Leave No Trace Profile Photo  Waitlist Junior Ranger Salida: Leave No Trace
  Tuesday, 13 June 2023 |   10:30 AM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

Learn how to protect and respect your environment. *Held at Riverside Park in downtown Salida.

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Junior Ranger Canon City: Art in the Park Profile Photo  Waitlist Junior Ranger Canon City: Art in the Park
  Wednesday, 14 June 2023 |   10:30 AM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

Create beautiful solar art, nature journals, and painted rocks! *This activity will be held at the Canon City Recreation and Park District building on 575 Ash St. in Canon City.

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Junior Ranger BV: Leave No Trace Profile Photo  Register Junior Ranger BV: Leave No Trace
  Thursday, 15 June 2023 |   09:30 AM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

Learn how to protect and respect your environment. *This activity will be held at River Park Pavilion in BV.

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Interpretive Hike: Clear Creek South Lateral Moraine Profile Photo  Register Interpretive Hike: Clear Creek South Lateral Moraine
  Saturday, 17 June 2023 |   07:45 AM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

See linked document for full description of this hike. The Colorado Trail to the south starts at the very south central edge of the campground and heads south a short distance to a great bridge over Clear Creek and southeast a short distance to...

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Tots on Tuesdays: Let's Get Batty! Profile Photo  Register Tots on Tuesdays: Let's Get Batty!
  Tuesday, 20 June 2023 |   09:00 AM | Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area |  Registration Required

Explore the lives of this nocturnal flying mammal. *Please only register your children in the total count. *Parent/guardian of 18 y.o. MUST attend program WITH child. *Held at Riverside Park in downtown Salida.

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