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Colorado whitewater, Arkansas River

Chaffe county, East Buena Vista to Fisherman's Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     6 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Colorado are often tougher than in other states, so you'd better keep in mind that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. This stretch of Arkansas River in Colorado is 6 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III section of whitewater. The wonderful Colorado scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. A good workout and
    spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. This stretch has has enough mileage, it's perfect for a one day trip. No need to
look hard for hotels, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. If you're coming from Silverthorne it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. This is not the only paddling stretch in this river system, there are others too. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. Whitewater paddling  
here in the Sawatch Range is a great experience.

Briefly about the general area:
If the weather is good here at Arkansas River, you can go for a hike along the Browns Creek Trail, and you're sure to encounter some good folks from Buena Vista here. Not enough hours in a day to enjoy the Sawatch Range. The Fourmile Creek - Buffalo Meadows Trail is a fine hiking trail near Arkansas River, and since you're here, you might as well explore Chinaman Gulch. This river is so great. Summer at Arkansas River comes with high temperatures in the 80's with overnight lows in the 40's.

Arkansas River, East Buena Vista to Fisherman's Bridge 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 - Acquired Tastes Rafting, Chaffee County, 0 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Company, Chaffee County, 0 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - River Runners, Chaffee County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting, Chaffee County, 2 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Arkansas River, Chaffe County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 6 miles long (East Buena Vista to Fisherman's Bridge)
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 2 miles away
      Class III - 13 miles long (Fork Fisherman's Bridge access to Stone Bridge access)
Whitewater Outfitter - Buffalo Joe's Whitewater, Chaffee County, 3 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Four Corners Expeditions, Chaffee County, 3 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Wilderness Aware Rafting, Chaffee County, 3 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 8 miles away
      Class III - 7 miles long (Railroad Bridge Launch to Buena Vista)
 Ski Areas Near Arkansas River:
Monarch, Colorado , 22 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 33 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 36 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 37 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 44 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 48 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Vail, Colorado , 49 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 49 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 51 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 52 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
 Hotels Near Arkansas River:
Super 8 Buena Vista, Buena Vista , 3 miles away
BEST WESTERN Vista Inn, Buena Vista , 3 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Salida, Salida , 16 miles away
Salida Inn And Monarch Suites, Salida , 16 miles away
Super 8 Salida, Salida , 16 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arkansas River:
Buena Vista KOA, Buena Vista, 1 miles away
Chalk Creek Campground, Nathrop, 4 miles away
Arkansas Headwaters State Recreation Area - Ruby Mountain, Nathrop, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Arkansas River:
Browns Creek Trail, Chaffee , 10 miles away
Fourmile Creek - Buffalo Meadows Trail, Chaffee , 11 miles away
Harvard Trail, Chaffee , 11 miles away
Salt Creek Trail, Park , 12 miles away
Wapaca Trail, Chaffee , 12 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 , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arkansas River:
Collegiate Peaks Golf Course, Buena Vista , 4 miles away
Salida Golf Club, Salida , 16 miles away
Friend Ranch, Poncha Springs , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Arkansas River
North Fork Reservoir, Chaffee , 18 miles away

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