Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area RV & Campground Guide


The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) covers several cities over a span of 152 miles of the Arkansas River in the Rockies in central Colorado. The attractions of the recreation area start in Buena Vista, run south through Poncha Springs, and then west to Cotopaxi. The headquarters and visitors center are in Salida, which is the halfway point from north to south. When camping in the AHRA, keep in mind that it can get hot, up to the mid-80s sometimes. However, the area is often cold with temperatures dropping to freezing or below freezing, even in the summer.

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Spring 27-60 F
Summer 45-82 F
Fall 28-63 F
Winter 11-43 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Traveling to the AHRA in an RV is one of the best ways to take in the most that the park has to offer. Since there are plenty of places to camp and the park is so expansive, it makes sense to have a moving temporary home rather than staying in a fixed hotel. Visiting the area in an RV really is the best way to see as much as possible. With plenty of rental listings available on the site, RVshare makes it easy to reserve a camper or motorhome if you don't already have one. 

Arrowhead Point Campgrounds and Cabins

Arrowhead Point Campgrounds and Cabins is an impressive place that can accommodate RVs up to 60 feet in length. They have plenty of space and activities, and they honor the Good Sam Loyalty Program. Amenities that you may enjoy include:

• Camp store

• BBQ pavilion

• Kid's playground

• Free Wi-Fi

• Laundry facilities

• Restroom facilities

Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park

Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park is a homey campground that is beautiful, comfortable, and quiet. The creek is their main attraction, and they also offer a few activities as well as RV storage for $50 per month. Amenities that they offer include:

• Camp store

• Kid's playground

• Laundry facilities

• Restroom facilities

Monarch Spur RV Park and Campground

Located in the heart of the Rockies, Monarch Spur RV Park and Campground is 8,620 feet above sea level. They can accommodate RVs up to 60 feet long and offer up to 50 amps of power. Some of their amenities include:

• Souvenir shop

• Restroom facilities

• Laundry facilities

• Picnic and playground area

• Free Wi-Fi

• Riverfront tents

• Gold-panning sites

Bighorn Park

Located in Coaldale, Bighorn Park is an RV park as well as an outdoor resort with motel rooms, bunkhouses, and tents. They're RV rates range from $36 to $45 nightly or $216 to $270 weekly. They have great amenities such as:

• Free Wi-Fi

• Sewer hookups

• Cabins and motel rooms

• Gas grills

• Rafting

• Horseback riding

• Hot springs

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What to Do at
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Inside Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

You won't get bored when you visit the AHRA as there are 152 miles of activities for you to check out. Since it's situated along the Arkansas River, you can expect plenty of boating and fishing activities no matter where you decide to camp along the river. You can also find plenty of places to swim or enjoy wildlife. While the AHRA is situated in the Rocky Mountains, there are quite a few different types of terrain, such as sand dunes, forests, and lush valleys. You can also find trails and caves to explore or test your athleticism by climbing the mountains.

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How to Get to
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Getting to AHRA is not like visiting other attractions because it covers such an expansive area. There are multiple ways to get to it. One great starting point is the AHRA Visitors Center, which will have all the information you need about the recreation area. It's located in downtown Salida. According to the AHRA website, the directions to get to the visitor's center are:

From the intersection of Highways 285/24:

• Left/south onto Highway 285 for 14 miles

• Left onto Hwy 291 for 8 miles

• Left onto G St for one block

• Left onto Sackett Ave

From the intersection of Highways 50/291:

• Right/north on Hwy 291 (Oak St/1st St) for 1.2 miles

• Right onto G St for one block

• Left onto Sackett Ave

Going here will place you in the center of AHRA. You'll be able to obtain a map of the area and go to your desired locations from there.

Entering Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

The AHRA is open year-round. Reservations can be made online or over the phone. 

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Per vehicle : $9.0

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Per individual (without a vehicle) : $4.0

The AHRA is a perfect trip for RVers. There is so much to do, so much to see, and so many places to camp. In fact, you may end up planning multiple trips to the area because it's hard to cover it all in one. Sharing is caring, and other readers would love for you to share your memories and experiences at the AHRA. If you don't mind sharing, tag RVshare on social media and send some of your trip photos to [email protected]. Everyone is eager to see what you discovered in the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area.

Frequently Asked Questions About Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

What is the best time of year to visit Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area?

The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area has activities to enjoy all year round. The park is known for its whitewater rafting and kayaking. Visitors can also enjoy camping, rock climbing, biking, gold panning, wildlife watching, hiking, and more.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area?

Visitors will have the chance to view a lot of wildlife, including moose, bighorn sheep, elk, deer, black bears, bobcats, prairie dogs, squirrels, rabbits, mice, gophers, beavers, frogs, snakes, salamanders, and birds.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area?

Arkansas Headwater Recreation Area has 128 campsites on seven different campgrounds. Most sites have grills, picnic tables, and vault toilets, but there is no water or firewood within the campgrounds. Therefore, gathering firewood within the park is prohibited.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area and what is the cost?

The park requires reservations, but there are no extra reservation fees. However, the camping site fees do not include the entrance fee. In addition, there is a $6 cancelation or reservation change fee.

Are pets allowed at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area?

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is pet-friendly. Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet and never left unattended in the campgrounds. There are no additional pet fees.