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Arkansas Headwaters State Park

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307 W Sackett Ave.
Salida, CO 81201

From Leadville to Pueblo Reservoir, in central Colorado
State Parks
4,830 - 10,150 feet feet


The Arkansas Headwaters stretch for almost 150 miles along the Arkansas River, offering abundant and outstanding opportunities for fishing, rafting, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sightseeing. The deep canyons, broad valleys and towering mountain peaks along the route are one of the natural treasures of Colorado.

Tour Companies

  • 5 Colorado Rivers
  • Rafting, Jeep/Other Offroad
  • 800-462-7238

Wilderness Aware Rafting Experience exceptional customer service at our 100% solar powered riverside headquarters. Excellent safety record since 1976 with our fun loving and experienced guides. Raft Browns Canyon National Monument with the twice named “Colorado Company of the Year”. BBB’s “Excellence in Customer Service” award winner! Highly rated on Trip Advisor. LEARN MORE...

  • Arkansas River
  • Rafting
  • 800-723-8987

River Runners - Colorado White Water Rafting River Runners offers fully guided rafting trips on the Arkansas River – open daily spring and summer. Choose from beginner to advanced whitewater on half-day, full-day and overnight adventures. Raft from the River Runners’ riverside location near Buena Vista or the Royal Gorge location near Cañon City.

Hours + Fees

Open year-round


Additional Details:
campgrounds open April to September

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Central ColoradoMore than 100 miles of the Arkansas River and her tributaries flow through the heart of Chaffee County, gracing both Salida and Buena Vista with her beauty and world-renowned whitewater, fly-fishing, scenery and river festivals.
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