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Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

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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.​​​



High Water Advisory in Effect?

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Temperatures are dropping, and 
holidays are approaching!

Please note that BLM permits are no longer available for purchase at the AHRA Visitor Center.

All permitting has moved to an online system this year:

BLM Permit Purchasing,
Royal Gorge Field Office

USFS Permit Purchasing,
Salida Ranger District