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Colorado whitewater, Arkansas River

Highway Rincon to Pinnacle Rock section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     27.9 miles
  The Highway Rincon to Pinnacle Rock section of Arkansas River in Colorado is 27.9 miles long and is a class II-III section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. The starting point is not too far from Canon City, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The beautiful
    Front Range scenery is an added bonus. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside Colorado you might
find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so keep in mind that the rivers in this state are less manageable. The Highway Rincon to Pinnacle Rock section is one of many paddling sections in this river system. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature will have you coming back for more. If you're a camper you can camp at one of the great campgrounds nearby. The scenic beauty of Colorado and the cool fresh  
water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Rainbow Trail, and since you're here why not explore Basin Gulch. Yeah, come up here to the Front Range for a delightful time. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Arkansas River; Black Mountain Trail is a good local trail. A tour to Arkansas River wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Mud Spring.

Arkansas River, Highway Rincon to Pinnacle Rock road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Arkansas River.
 Whitewater Near Arkansas River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Rock & Row, Fremont County, 9 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Arkansas River, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 27.9 miles long (Highway Rincon to Pinnacle Rock)
Arkansas River, Chaffee/Fremont County, 11 miles away
      Class III - 8.7 miles long (Highway Pinnacle Rock Launch to Parkdale Launch)
Arkansas River, Fremont County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (Parkdale Launch to Canon City)
Whitewater Outfitter - Anglers Junction Fishing, Chaffee County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Riverboat Works, Chaffee County, 21 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - American Adventure Expeditions, Fremont County, 22 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Grape Creek, Fremont County, 24 miles away
      Class IV+ - 15 miles long (Bear Gulch to Canon City)
Whitewater Outfitter - Clear Creek Rafting, Fremont County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Whitewater Outfitter - Royal Gorge Rafting, Fremont County, 25 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Ski Areas Near Arkansas River:
Monarch, Colorado , 45 miles away, 1162 foot drop, 7 lifts, 63 runs
Breckenridge, Colorado , 61 miles away, 3398 foot drop, 27 lifts, 146 runs
Copper Mountain, Colorado , 65 miles away, 2601 foot drop, 23 lifts, 125 runs
Ski Cooper, Colorado , 65 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Keystone, Colorado , 65 miles away, 3128 foot drop, 20 lifts, 135 runs
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado , 66 miles away, 2270 foot drop, 7 lifts, 105 runs
Loveland, Colorado , 68 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 10 lifts, 92 runs
Winter Park, Colorado , 78 miles away, 3060 foot drop, 26 lifts, 145 runs
Vail, Colorado , 80 miles away, 3450 foot drop, 31 lifts, 193 runs
Eldora, Colorado , 81 miles away, 1600 foot drop, 12 lifts, 53 runs
 Hotels Near Arkansas River:
Hampton Inn - Suites Salida CO, Salida , 22 miles away
Days Inn Salida, Salida , 22 miles away
Comfort Inn Salida, Salida , 22 miles away
Gateway Inn And Suites, Salida , 22 miles away
Great Western Colorado Lodge, Salida , 23 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Arkansas River:
K O A Kampgrounds, Cotopaxi, 4 miles away
Cotopaxi/Arkansas River KOA, Cotopaxi, 4 miles away
Bighorn Rv Park, Coaldale, 7 miles away
 Trails Near Arkansas River:
Rainbow Trail, Fremont , 9 miles away
Black Mountain Trail, Saguache , 13 miles away
Crossover Trail, Custer , 14 miles away
Steel Canyon Trail, Saguache , 14 miles away
Ute Trail, Fremont , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Arkansas River:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 38 miles away
Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Mosca - CO , 43 miles away
Eleven Mile State Park, Colorado , 28 miles away
Spinney State Park, Colorado , 30 miles away
Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Arkansas River:
St Andrews Golf Course, Westcliffe , 20 miles away
 Lakes Near Arkansas River
Rito Alto Lake, Saguache , 20 miles away

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