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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area to celebrate Public Lands Day by inviting public to help clean Arkansas River from Leadville to Canon City

Bill Vogrin
Southeast Region Public Information Officer
AHRA invites public to celebrate Public Lands Day with a river clean-up from Leadville to Cañon City
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area manages recreation activities along the 152-mile Arkansas River corridor from Leadville to Lake Pueblo State Park.

April 22, 2021

Public Lands Day to be celebrated by river cleanup from Leadville to Cañon City

SALIDA, Colo. – The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) are celebrating Colorado Public Lands Day on Saturday, May 15, by hosting the Annual Arkansas River Cleanup-Greenup.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on May 15, upwards of 200 volunteers will work along the banks of the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City and below to clean up trash and debris from the river corridor in preparation for a busy summer season. The work coincides with the start of spring snowmelt and run-off.

Volunteers may pick up a commemorative pin, gloves and trash bags the morning of the event at registration tables at the AHRA Visitors Center in Salida or at the Buena Vista Community Center in Buena Vista. Or volunteers can register online in advance. Volunteers can also find a list of suggested cleanup sites online.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will have a large trash trailer at the Touch-A-Truck event at the Vandaveer Ranch on the southeast edge of Salida from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on clean-up day.

Bagged trash also can be deposited behind the entrance sign to any AHRA-managed recreation sites for pick up by AHRA staff. The non-profit group American Rivers will furnish the trash bags. Please adhere to county guidelines regarding COVID precautions during the event. 

At the end of the morning, a volunteer picnic will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Vandaveer Ranch. Prizes will be awarded for Largest Piece of Trash, Strangest Piece of Trash, Most Upcycle-Worthy Piece of Trash and People’s Choice. Submit photos of your entries to

The AHRA launched its annual river cleanup program in 1992 in cooperation with American Rivers and National River Cleanup. In fact, that first river cleanup-greenup on May 9, 1992, earned an Honorary Proclamation by then-Gov. Roy Romer as "Arkansas River Cleanup Day."

Anyone who completes at least 48 hours of logged CPW volunteer work within a 12-month period is eligible to earn a free volunteer pass. To create a volunteer profile and log hours for this opportunity, visit the CPW Volunteer site.

For more information, contact AHRA at 719-539-7289, email, or visit us at 307 W. Sackett Ave, Salida.


The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort between Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Formed in 1989, this partnership allows agencies to provide visitors with recreation opportunities and care for significant natural resources of the upper Arkansas River valley.

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