Location: Front Range District, Royal Gorge Field Office
Size: 23,921 acres
Designated: 1996 Royal Gorge Land Use Plan
Land Manager: Bureau of Land Management, Royal Gorge Field Office
Arkansas Canyonlands encompasses the Arkansas River corridor and adjacent public lands from just west of Canon City to Texas Creek. River-related recreation (whitewater boating and fishing) is an important public use within the ACEC. This spectacular river canyon makes up the heart of the ACEC offering scenic vistas, two resident bighorn sheep herds, wintering bald eagles, and numerous other sites of historic and geologic interest. The High Mesa Grassland Research Natural Area (1,510 acres), within the ACEC, represents a relict plant community and is also designated as a BLM Instant Study Area and by the Colorado Natural Area Program as a Natural Area (NA).