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Arkansas River - Parkdale / Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Basics
Location:
Starts 20 miles east of Salida near Cotopaxi
Class:
Class II and III
River Length
10 - 20 miles
Time:
1/2 Day or Full Day
Season:
May to September

Description

From this stretch of the river, often called "the Grand Canyon of the Arkansas," rafters area treated to inspiring views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Cotopaxi Cliffs. The bighorn sheep which gave the canyon its name can still often be seen scampering along the canyon floor. Moderate rapids like Wake-Up, Sharks Tooth, Double Dip and Maytag await rafters in the eastern stretch of the Parkdale segment, as the Arkansas continues its descent towards the plains.

Parkdale raft trips put in about 20 miles east of Salida, near the tiny town of Cotopaxi.

Tour Companies

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

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River Details

Class:
Class II and III
River Length
10 - 20 miles
Time
1/2 Day or Full Day
Season:
May to September
Guides Available?
Yes

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