18 votes

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area/Salida East Campground

Hwy 50, Salida, Colorado 81201 USA

Open Now
Sun 8a-5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Pet Friendly
Add to Trip
Remove Ads

“one of the nations top rafting spots”

Arkansas Headwaters is one of the nation's premier recreation areas. Stretching for 152 miles along the Arkansas River, the area offers abundant and outstanding opportunities for fishing, rafting, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, camping, mountain biking, and sightseeing among deep canyons, broad valleys and towering mountain peaks. The cities and towns along the river - Leadville, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs, Salida, Canon City, Florence and Pueblo - offer fine dining, lodging and plenty of Western hospitality. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is a landmark cooperative effort of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Through this partnership, the agencies provide visitors with outstanding recreation opportunities and care for the nationally significant natural resources of the upper Arkansas River Valley.

Read More >
Add Review
Your Rating

Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 534 Reviews
  • 474 Helpful
September 26, 2015
Rated 4.0

Amazing place but be advised to camp here you MUST bring your own portable toilet system. There are no onsite facilities and they won't let you camp without your own. Also beware of bears!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Kathleen Oanes

  • Road Warrior
  • 79 Reviews
  • 51 Helpful
August 22, 2014
Rated 4.0

My brother and I camped here for a night. And boy, we had lots of fun here. We tried almost everything that the place offered. The first thing that we did was set camp. There were several groups who camped as well. Just before noon, we headed to the river to go fishing. We were able to catch a few good ones and grilled them for our lunch. In the late afternoon, we went kayaking on the calm side of the river. The view was surely awesome. The valleys and mountain views were definitely something that made a mark on us. I highly recommend this trip to those who are nature-loving and outdoorsy.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Lesli Peterson

  • Blogger
  • 1,107 Reviews
  • 40 Helpful
March 07, 2022

Salida Colorado is in the heart of the Rockies, located along the Arkansas River. It has the distinction of having the largest historic district in the state, which intrigued me.

Was this helpful?

Be the first to add a review to the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area/Salida East Campground.

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area/Salida East Campground

Hwy 50
Salida, Colorado
81201 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Problem with this listing? Let us know.

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Max Stay
Max Length
Season End
Year Round
Sites Count
Season Start
Year Round
Back In RV Sites Count
Pull Through RV Sites Count
  • Sites
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Firewood
  • Fifty Amp
  • Slide Outs
  • Paved Sites
  • Pull Through
  • Rec Facilities
  • Back In RV Sites
  • Pull Through RV Sites
  • Vehicle Wash Permitted
See More Details (31)

Campground, Parking

Remove Ads

Nearby Hotels

Salida, Colorado

Click to discover a
great deal!

Buena Vista, Colorado
Salida, Colorado
Salida, Colorado
Remove Ads