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Colorado whitewater, Arkansas River

Fremont county, Parkdale Launch to Canon City section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     9 miles
  The put-in location is a short drive from Canon City, as you can see on the road map further down. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often more difficult than elsewhere, so you'd better keep in mind that many runs in this state are not easy. The wonderful Fremont County scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream beats anything. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. The Parkdale Launch to
    Canon City section of Arkansas River is 9 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. There are some good stretches to paddle in this river system, the Parkdale Launch to Canon
City stretch is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. This is a pretty decent length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots  
of good spots for that around here. The wild scenery of the Front Range is great.

Briefly about the general area:
Arkansas River is right by the Stultz Trail, and while you're here you will meet lots of folks from close by Canon City. That right there is heaps of enjoyable things already but it goes on, the Front Range has it all. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Tanner Trail, and Arkansas River sits in the shade of the Grand Canyon Hills. At this river you will always have a good time. Throughout the long summer days highs here at Arkansas River get into the 70's. When the night sets in temperatures descend down into the 40's.

Arkansas River, Parkdale Launch to Canon City 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 - Royal Gorge Rafting, Fremont County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Clear Creek Rafting, Fremont County, 2 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - American Adventure Expeditions, Fremont County, 4 miles away
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Whitewater Outfitter - Whitewater Adventure Outfitter, Fremont County, 4 miles away
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Arkansas River, Fremont County, 6 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Parkdale Launch to Canon City)
Whitewater Outfitter - Raft Masters, Fremont County, 7 miles away
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Grape Creek, Fremont County, 8 miles away
      Class IV+ - 15 miles long (Bear Gulch to Canon City)
Arkansas River, Chaffee/Fremont County, 14 miles away
      Class III - 8.7 miles long (Highway Pinnacle Rock Launch to Parkdale Launch)
South Platte River, Jefferson County, 26 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 8 miles long (Eleven Mile Reservoir to Lake George)
South Platte River, Park County, 30 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.3 miles long (Lake George to Cheesman Reservoir)
 Ski Areas Near Arkansas River:
Monarch, Colorado , 70 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 75 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 75 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 76 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 77 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 80 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 82 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 83 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 84 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
SolVista Basin, Colorado , 95 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 6 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Arkansas River:
Econo Lodge Canon City, Canon City , 5 miles away
Super 8 Canon City, Canon City , 7 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites Canon City, Canon City , 7 miles away
Budget Host Royal Gorge Inn, Canon City , 7 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites, Canon City , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arkansas River:
Canon City KOA Kampground, Canon City, 1 miles away
Mountain View Trading Post and Campground, Canon City, 2 miles away
Royal Gorge Camp 88, Canon City, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Arkansas River:
Tanner Trail, Fremont , 6 miles away
Stultz Trail, Fremont , 7 miles away
Highline Trail, Fremont , 10 miles away
Sheeley Trail, Fremont , 12 miles away
Mineral-Stevens Trail, Custer , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Arkansas River:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 24 miles away
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mosca - CO , 51 miles away
Mueller State Park, Colorado , 26 miles away
Eleven Mile State Park, Colorado , 30 miles away
Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado , 35 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arkansas River:
Shadow Hills Golf Club, Canon City , 6 miles away
Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, Canon City , 10 miles away
Sumo Golf Course, Florence , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Arkansas River
Lone Tree Reservoir, Fremont , 6 miles away
DeWeese Reservoir, Custer , 17 miles away

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