Today on the Summer Bucket List, we take you to the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area for some rafting!
The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is recognized as one of the nation’s most popular locations for whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Arkansas River - the most commercially rafted river in the United States! The upper valley of Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area encompasses towering peaks and steep canyons. The Arkansas River features some of the state’s best fishing, and with rapids ranging from class II to V, the diverse rafting options here are unrivaled.
Those looking to add variety to a river trip can hike and camp all along the river or enjoy the mountain biking destinations of the Salida area. Meanwhile, Big Bend OHV Park and Texas Creek offer exceptional motorized recreational opportunities, and Chinaman Gulch Extreme 4x4 Course is a great place to enjoy four-wheel driving. Popular rock climbing spots in the Buena Vista Area include Pumphouse Rock and Turtle Rock. Winter sports such as downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are possible at locations such as Monarch.
FIBArk, the oldest whitewater boat race in the country, takes place here annually. For more information: http://blm.gov/f8kd.