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ARKANSAS HEADWATERS RECREATION AREA, CO
ATTENTION: Fire restrictions are in place. Visit the park's web page or contact the park for current restrictions and conditions before making a reservation or visiting the park. Thank you.
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is one of the nation's premier recreation destinations for both whitewater boating and brown trout fishing. In addition, the area also offers abundant and outstanding opportunities for camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, OHV use, wildlife watching and sightseeing among deep canyons, broad valleys, and towering mountain peaks. AHRA operates six campgrounds with 102 sites. All AHRA campgrounds, with the exception of Five Points, are on the Arkansas River and have boat ramps for raft and kayak access.
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Getting There:NOTE: The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) spans 152 miles, is in four counties, and runs through multiple municipalities. Although our visitor center is located in Salida, CO, there is no campground at that location. The location noted on the regional map is the AHRA Visitor Center, located in downtown Salida and there is no campground at that location.
RAILROAD BRIDGE CAMPGROUND is 6 miles north of Buena Vista and can be accessed one of two ways from U.S. Highway 24. The first way is RECOMMENDED IF YOU HAVE AN R.V. OR TRAILER. Take U.S. Highway 24 into the Town of Buena Vista. Turn east at the stop light on Highway 24 and Main Street, cross the railroad tracks, go to N. Colorado Avenue and turn left. N. Colorado Avenue becomes Chaffee County Road 371, which is dirt and narrow in places. Drive 6.2 miles to the Railroad Bridge Campground. The second way is located between mile markers 201 and 202 on Highway 24 north of Buena Vista AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR R.V.'S OR VEHICLES WITH TRAILERS. Turn east on to Chaffee County Road 371, cross the Arkansas River and turn right. Drive 3.1 miles to Railroad Bridge Campground on a very narrow dirt road with a 25 mph speed limit and pullouts to allow oncoming traffic to pass by.
GPS Coordinates for Railroad Bridge = 38 degreen 55 minutes 22.36 seconds N 106 degrees 10 minutes 11.65 seconds W
RUBY MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND is 6 miles south of Buena Vista and is accessed from U.S. Highway 285 between mile markers 144 and 145. Turn east on to Chaffee County Road 301, cross the river and continue to the end of the pavement, then turn right onto County Road 300. Drive 2.4 miles to the Ruby Mountain Campground. Caution should be used as the road becomes a very narrow single lane with a 15 mph speed limit.
GPS Coordinates for Ruby Mountain = 38 degrees 45 minutes 09.01 seconds N 106 degrees 04 minutes 10.89 seconds W
HECLA JUNCTION CAMPGROUND is 14 miles northwest of Salida and is accessed from U.S. Highway 285 between mile markers 135 and 136. Turn east onto Chaffee County Road 194 drive 2.4 miles to the Hecla Junction Campground. Caution, this is a narrow, steep (12% grade) dirt road, with a significant amount of traffic in the summer.
GPS Coordinates for Hecla Junction = 38 degrees 39 minutes 06.85 seconds N 106 degrees 03 minutes 15.10 seconds W
RINCON CAMPGROUND is 8 miles east of Salida and is accessed from U.S. Highway 50 at mile marker 231 between the towns of Swissvale and Howard. Rincon is directly off the highway on the north side between the highway and the river.
GPS Coordinates for Rincon = 38 degrees 28 minutes 14.55 seconds N 105 degrees 51 minutes 54.48 seconds W
VALLIE BRIDGE CAMPGROUND is 2 miles west of Coaldale and is accessed from U.S. Highway 50 at mile marker 239 between the towns of Howard and Coaldale. Turn north onto Fremont County Road 45, cross the river and park in the campground parking lot on your right. Please note this is a BOAT IN/WALK IN ONLY campground and you will have to pack in your equipment a short distance.
GPS Coordinates for Vallie Bridge = 38 degrees 23 minutes 30.90 seconds N 105 degrees 46 minutes 28.74 seconds W
FIVE POINTS CAMPGROUND is 20 miles west of Canon City and is accessed from U.S. Highway 50 at mile marker 260. The campground is on the south side of the highway and the day use area is on the north/river side. There is a walkway under Highway 50 from the campground to the river.
GPS Coordinates for Five Points = 38 degrees 27 minutes 10.43 seconds N 105 degrees 29 minutes 35.42 seconds W
Mailing Address:ARKANSAS HEADWATERS RECREATION AREA
307 W SACKETT AVE
SALIDA CO 81201
Phone Number:Information: (719)539-7289