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Colorado whitewater, Arkansas River

Chaffee county, Railroad Bridge Launch to Buena Vista section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     7 miles
  The nature scenery of Chaffee County and the cool fresh water beats anything. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Colorado tend to be more challenging than the national average, so don't forget that a large number of rivers in this state are not easy. The Railroad Bridge Launch to Buena Vista stretch of Arkansas River in Chaffee County is 7 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III section. On this
    section you do get some distance, suitable for an afternoon trip. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. The campgrounds here at Arkansas River are pretty good. There are some
good hotels near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. A bit of exercise and a chance to spend some time outdoors have people coming from far and near.

Briefly about the general area:
Have a wonderful hiking adventure along the Fourmile Creek - Buffalo Meadows Trail;
 
if you fancy a little side journey, try Hop Gulch. Going for a hike along the Harvard Trail will let you absorb the natural beauty of this area. A cool spot to stop by close to Arkansas River is Elephant Rock; this is a popular spot for folks from Buena Vista. Throughout the months of summer here at Arkansas River, high temperatures usually get into the 70's while nighttime lows are mostly in the 30's. Through the wintertime highs are ordinarily in the 20's; night lows in the-10's for Arkansas River. Arkansas River is pretty waterless typically. The wettest month of the year is ordinarily August, that's the one that rains the most, and October on the other hand is the driest.

Arkansas River, Railroad Bridge Launch to Buena Vista road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Arkansas River.
 Whitewater Near Arkansas River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Aware Rafting, Chaffee County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Buffalo Joe's Whitewater, Chaffee County, 2 miles away
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Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Railroad Bridge Launch to Buena Vista)
Arkansas River, Chaffe County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 6 miles long (East Buena Vista to Fisherman's Bridge)
Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Company, Chaffee County, 5 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Acquired Tastes Rafting, Chaffee County, 5 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - River Runners, Chaffee County, 7 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting, Chaffee County, 7 miles away
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Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 13 miles long (Fork Fisherman's Bridge access to Stone Bridge access)
Whitewater Outfitter - Four Corners Expeditions, Chaffee County, 8 miles away
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 Ski Areas Near Arkansas River:
Monarch, Colorado , 24 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 28 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 33 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 33 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 41 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Vail, Colorado , 44 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 45 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 46 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 47 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 47 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
 Hotels Near Arkansas River:
BEST WESTERN Vista Inn, Buena Vista , 2 miles away
Super 8 Buena Vista, Buena Vista , 2 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Salida, Salida , 21 miles away
Salida Inn And Monarch Suites, Salida , 21 miles away
Super 8 Salida, Salida , 21 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arkansas River:
Arkansas Headwaters State Recreation Area - Railroad Bridge, Buena Vista, 1 miles away
Snowy Peaks RV Park, Buena Vista, 1 miles away
Mt Princeton RV Park, Buena Vista, 1 miles away
 Trails Near Arkansas River:
Fourmile Creek - Buffalo Meadows Trail, Chaffee , 6 miles away
Harvard Trail, Chaffee , 6 miles away
Wapaca Trail, Chaffee , 8 miles away
Tumble Creek Trail, Park , 9 miles away
Salt Creek Trail, Park , 10 miles away
 Public Lands Near Arkansas River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 40 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 40 miles away
San Isabel National Forest, Colorado , 17 miles away
Spinney State Park, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arkansas River:
Collegiate Peaks Golf Course, Buena Vista , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Arkansas River
Twin Lakes, Chaffee , 16 miles away
North Fork Reservoir, Chaffee , 19 miles away

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