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Arkansas Headwaters State Park
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Arkansas Headwaters State Park
Description - This park offers some of the highest quality white water opportunities in the country. Welcome to the Arkansas Headwaters, one of the nation's most unusual recreation areas. The region stretches 148 miles along one of the West's premier recreation rivers, the Arkansas. From its northern boundary below the fabled mining town of Leadville to the bass-filled waters of Pueblo Reservoir, the area is a recreation paradise. The terrain includes 14,000-foot peaks to steep-walled gorges, and opportunities for recreationists of all levels.

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is a landmark cooperative effort by Colorado State Parks and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. By continuing to manage public lands and recreation on the Arkansas River, the agencies can give visitors the best of all worlds along this legendary river -- and care for recreation and natural resources at the same time.

Attractions - Welcome to the Arkansas Headwaters, one of the nation's most unusual recreation areas. The region stretches 148 miles along one of the West's premier recreation rivers, the Arkansas. From its northern boundary below the fabled mining town of Leadville to the bass-filled waters of Pueblo Reservoir, the area is a recreation paradise. The terrain includes 14,000-foot peaks to steep-walled gorges, and opportunities for recreationists of all levels.

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is a landmark cooperative effort by Colorado State Parks and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. By continuing to manage public lands and recreation on the Arkansas River, the agencies can give visitors the best of all worlds along this legendary river -- and care for recreation and natural resources at the same time.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities abound for fishing, rafting, kayaking, picnicking, wildlife watching, hiking, camping, mountain climbing and sightseeing among deep canyons, broad valleys and towering mountains within the drainage. Fine dining, lodging and a western welcome are offered by the towns along the path of the Arkansas.

Climate - Climate conditions in Colorado should be taken seriously throughout the state. Snow and ice are common on roads and trails from mid-October through late April. In the summer months, snow is still possible but less common. Varying conditions throughout a given day can be expected throughout the year. Remember that summer days can typically have beautiful sunny mornings and short sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon. Please prepare appropriately for your outdoor experience.

Location - The Headwaters of the Arkansas begin a few miles northwest of Leadville in the mountains of the Sawatch Range. The river leads through the valley, known as the Upper Arkansas River Valley, between the Sawatch and Mosquito mountain ranges to Salida. From Leadville to just north of Salida Highway 24 parallels the flow of the river. The drainage turns east, continues through Salida and flows south toward Canon City and Pueblo. From Salida Highway 50 follows the drainage through the Arkansas River Canyon and Canon City to Pueblo. The journey lasts 148 miles.


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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation, P.O. Box 126, 307 W. Sackett Street , Salida, CO, 81201, Phone: 719-539-7289, Fax: 719-539-3771
, ahra@state.co.us

Additional Information:
Buena Vista Area - Founded in 1879 this silver-mining boom town is one of few communities in the region to survive and grow in the 20th century. Today Buena Vista attracts recreationists during every season of the year.
CaƱon City Area - Lake Isabel Recreation Area and the Greenhorn Wilderness are in San Isabel National Forest to the south.
Colorado State Parks - Colorado is world renowned for natural beauty and outdoor recreation. Visiting Colorado's state parks is an excellent way to gain access to the natural environment and the recreation opportunities created by it.
Leadville Area - Leadville began as a silver, gold and lead mining town in 1878. It boomed in the early 1880s, when many people became wealthy from the mining investments they made in the vicinity. The true bust of Leadville's mining days came in 1893 when the silver market crashed due to the repeal of the Sherman Silver Act.

Today Leadville's popularity grows with outdoor enthusiasts. The challenging terrain surrounding the mining center beckons hikers, bikers, runners, horseback riders, and cross-country and downhill skiers. Those who come to the area are rewarded with scenic vistas and unending recreation opportunities.
Pueblo Area - Pueblo lies 100 miles south of Denver along the Arkansas River.
South Central Region - This region lies just east of the Continental Divide, from the middle of the state to the southern border of Colorado. It includes the upper Arkansas River Valley, the San Luis Valley and the Colorado Springs area.

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