In addition to activities on the river, the small towns and communities that comprise the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area – Leadville, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs, Salida, Howard, Cotopaxi, Canon City and points in between – offer plenty to do for the visitor. Here is a sampling of area attractions:
Rockhounding abounds throughout the river valley, with unique specimens and semi-precious gems hidden everywhere. Go to http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/co/programs/minerals.Par.44677.File.dat/Rockhounding Brochure.pdf to find out more.
Recreational goldpanning and placering are also gaining in popularity, and information, as well as permits for motorized mining activities within the AHRA, are available through the AHRA visitor center in Salida. You can also visit
for additional information regarding mining activities.