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Local Attractions
Local Attractions
Two flyfishing anglers in Texas Creek

​​​​​In addition to activities on the river, the small towns and communities that comprise the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area – Leadville, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs, Salida, Howard, Cotopaxi, Canon City and points in between – offer plenty to do for the visitor. Here is a sampling of area attractions:

Man crouching in river Gold Prospecting at Point BarrRecreational goldpanning and placering are also gaining in popularity, and information, as well as permits for motorized mining activities within the AHRA, are available through the AHRA visitor center in Salida.

For additional information regarding mining activities, please visit the following Bureau of Land Management pages: