What to See and Do
Hiking and Biking
The Turret Trail is an out-and-back trail featuring a river and beautiful mountain views. The elevation gain is 1,089 feet. Dogs are allowed on the trail.
Length: 6.8 miles
Fistful of Dollars and Few Dollars More Trail Loop
The Fistful of Dollars Trail and the Few Dollars More Trail together form a loop that is pleasant to walk and offers lovely views and possible wildlife sightings. The elevation gain is only 269 feet, so it is great for beginner hikers. Dogs must be kept on a leash.
Length: 2.8 miles
Browns Creek Waterfall Trail
The Browns Creek Waterfall Trail can be busy, but it is worth it for the view of the spectacular waterfall at the end of the trail. The trail winds through meadows and pine and aspen forests. Small log bridges allow the crossing of Browns Creek. The elevation gain is 941 feet.
Length: 6.2 miles
Fishing and Boating
The Arkansas River within Browns Canyon National Monument is a world-class fishing location. Brown and rainbow trout are plentiful. This section of the river has been designated a Gold Medal Trout Fishery. A Colorado fishing license is required. Other regulations may apply as well, so check with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).
Some climbing opportunities exist in Browns Canyon National Monument. There are quartzite and granite domes, monoliths, and boulders. However, access to these areas is long and difficult. Logjam Wall is only accessible by boat, and the Staircase Towers climbing area requires a walk along a beach and up a wash. Check on current conditions before heading out.
Wildlife can be spotted throughout Browns Canyon National Monument. Mountain lions, bobcats, foxes, snakes, and lizards are at home in the park. Elk, mule deer, and wild turkey can often be seen in the meadows and hillsides. Dry gulches, springs, and streams are good places to see coyotes or bears, and be sure to check the cliffs for falcons and eagles. Several trails, such as the Turret Trail and the Catkin Gulch Trail, are known for wildlife sightings.
There are many designated picnic areas within the park, but you can also picnic anywhere you find a pleasant spot. The mountain views along many of the trails are a wonderful backdrop to an enjoyable lunch.
Whitewater rafting is a very popular activity along the Arkansas River in the park. The river has the most commercial rafting activity of any river in the United States. Check with the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) for more information about whitewater rafting opportunities.