The AHRA follows the beautiful but unpredictable, wild-to-mild river for 150 miles from the historic town of Leadville, through the Sawatch mountain range all the way to Pueblo at the edge of Colorado’s eastern plains.
Boaters can find anything from roaring Class IV and V rapids to milder Class II and III sections, which are ideal for beginner and family trips. The upper section of the Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater boating stretch in the United States. On any spring or summer day, hundreds of private and commercial rafters and kayakers will challenge the churning rapids or glide through the calmer sections of the Arkansas.
For more information please visit the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area