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Colorado whitewater, Arkansas River

Chaffee county, Fork Fisherman's Bridge access to Stone Bridge access section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III     13 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Silverthorne, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The natural beauty of Colorado and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream have people coming here. This stretch of Arkansas River in Chaffee County is 13 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class III section. Great exercise and just hanging out with mother nature are
    great reasons to come. There's camping available near Arkansas River. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very
popular destination. When you're paddling down a Sawatch Range river like this one you always get great scenery along the way too. This river system is full of great paddling stretches, the Fork Fisherman's Bridge access to Stone Bridge access stretch is just one of them. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Colorado is often more difficult than elsewhere, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. No matter if you're whitewater  
rafting or kayaking there are lots of good places for that around here. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your camping stuff too.

Briefly about the general area:
There is a perfect hiking trail in the neighborhood of Arkansas River called the Browns Creek Trail; the friendly people of Nathrop like to hang out nearby. All the outdoors cool stuff in the Sawatch Range will keep you coming back over and over. Near Arkansas River you discover the Round Hill Trail which is a great hiking trail. Through the months of summer at Arkansas River highs are regularly in the 80's, and during the night it cools down to the 40's.

Arkansas River, Fork Fisherman's Bridge access to Stone Bridge access 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 - Eddyline Anglers, Chaffee County, 3 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Four Corners Expeditions, Chaffee County, 4 miles away
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Arkansas River, Chaffee County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 13 miles long (Fork Fisherman's Bridge access to Stone Bridge access)
Arkansas River, Chaffe County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 18.7 miles long (Highway Stone Bridge to Rincon)
Whitewater Outfitter - Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting, Chaffee County, 4 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - River Runners, Chaffee County, 4 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Independent White Water, Chaffee County, 6 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Acquired Tastes Rafting, Chaffee County, 7 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Adventure Company, Chaffee County, 7 miles away
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Arkansas River, Chaffe County, 9 miles away
      Class III - 6 miles long (East Buena Vista to Fisherman's Bridge)
 Ski Areas Near Arkansas River:
Monarch, Colorado , 20 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 39 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 43 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 44 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 50 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 53 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 55 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Vail, Colorado , 55 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Snowmass, Colorado , 55 miles away, 4406 foot drop, 21 lifts, 84 runs
Beaver Creek, Colorado , 58 miles away, 3340 foot drop, 25 lifts, 149 runs
 Hotels Near Arkansas River:
Super 8 Buena Vista, Buena Vista , 9 miles away
BEST WESTERN Vista Inn, Buena Vista , 10 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Salida, Salida , 10 miles away
Salida Inn And Monarch Suites, Salida , 10 miles away
Super 8 Salida, Salida , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arkansas River:
Arkansas Headwaters State Recreation Area - Hecla Junction, Salida, 3 miles away
Browns Canyon Wilderness Study Area, Nathrop, 3 miles away
Chalk Creek Campground, Nathrop, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Arkansas River:
Browns Creek Trail, Chaffee , 8 miles away
Round Hill Trail, Saguache , 15 miles away
Ute Trail, Fremont , 15 miles away
Simmons Peak Trail, Saguache , 15 miles away
Fooses Creek Trail, Chaffee , 16 miles away
 Public Lands Near Arkansas River:
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Gunnison - CO , 39 miles away
Curecanti National Recreation Area, Gunnison - CO , 39 miles away
San Isabel National Forest, Colorado , 18 miles away
Spinney State Park, Colorado , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arkansas River:
Salida Golf Club, Salida , 9 miles away
Collegiate Peaks Golf Course, Buena Vista , 10 miles away
Friend Ranch, Poncha Springs , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Arkansas River
North Fork Reservoir, Chaffee , 18 miles away

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