Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

307 West Sackett Avenue
Salida, CO 81201


The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is recognized as one of the nation's most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Arkansas River it 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 has a small outdoor Amphitheatre at our Ruby Mountain campground which hosts programs throughout the summer.

The 152-mile-long AHRA has seven basic campgrounds with tent pads, picnic tables, and grills and most campsite parking will also accommodate larger RV units. There is no running water or other utilities. There are also several undeveloped camping areas belonging to the Bureau of Land Management along the Arkansas River.

Group Picnic Area
Collegiate Peaks Overlook group picnic site is located one mile east of Johnson Village off Highways 24 and 285, turning north onto County Road 304. There is a panoramic view of the Collegiate Peaks and Arkansas River Valley with a viewing pavilion and interpretive panels and benches. For group picnics there is one covered pavilion with six picnic tables and two covered pavilions with one picnic table each. This is also a wonderful location for a small outdoor wedding. Collegiate Peaks can be reserved for group use by calling AHRA at 719-539-7289.

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