Best trails in Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

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Explore the most popular trails in Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The AHRA and its avid patrons follow the beautiful but unpredictable, wild-to-mild river for 150 miles from the historic town of Leadville, through the Sawatch mountain range and Colorados tallest mountains, all the way down to Pueblo on the edge of Colorados 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 Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater boating river 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. AHRA visitors also enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife watching, mountain biking, rock climbing, and even gold panning along the rivers shores, deep canyons, broad valleys and towering mountain peaks found within the upper Arkansas River valley.

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#1 - Front Side, Tenderfoot, Little Rattler and Spiral Trail
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
The Arkansas Hills Trail System is a collection of eleven hiking/biking trails north of Salida, Colorado that each range from 0.4 to 3.2 miles in length. There are several points of access and multipShow more