Camping at AHRA
Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area offers a choice of six campgrounds from north to southeast along the Arkansas River: Railroad Bridge, Ruby Mountain, Hecla Junction, Rincon, Vallie Bridge and Five Points Campgrounds. Visit the AHRA Maps and Directions page for more information, or download directions to AHRA Campgrounds. AHRA campgrounds offer campers the experience of "backcountry" camping while being accessible and in the heart of outdoor recreation. To view individual campgrounds, see AHRA Campground Photos.
Please Note: AHRA campgrounds do not have any hook-ups or potable water. Campers must be self-contained and water needs to be carried into the campground.
All of our campgrounds are open 365 days a year, barring severe weather. With the right camping equipment and clothing for our chilly nights, you'll find day time temperatures moderate along the river most of the year and perfect for an "off-season" getaway.
Reserve a campsite at Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area now! AHRA is now taking reservations for campsites for dates taking place after April 1, 2012. You can make a reservation 6 months in advance (but not less than 3 days in advance).
The AHRA camping fee is $16 per night per site. View other AHRA Fees. All AHRA overnight campers outside of developed camping areas must use a portable toilet system and fire pan. All waste must be carried out and disposed of properly.
Remember, bears are talented at getting into coolers and trash bags in the campground. Be mindful of where you are keeping your food if camping and do not leave your trash out at night. Please use your best "bear aware" precautions in securing your camp or picnic area to avoid unnecessary contact. More information on living with bears in Colorado is available here.
Railroad Bridge is located north of the town of Buena Vista. Traditionally, this site has been a popular river access point for boaters and gold-panners alike. It also is located fairly close to some of the better known climbing in the region. View the Railroad Bridge Campground Map.
Ruby Mountain is one of the most popular campground sites, especially for private boaters. Along with the excellent river access, several trails in the area lead into the backcountry. View the Ruby Mountain Campground Map.
Yet another one of our well-loved sites! Located at the traditional take-out for the Browns Canyon run, you can expect to see all sorts of rafting and kayaking activity here. But once the boats come off the water, life returns to normal, and your camping experience begins. Fishing has been known to be pretty good in this stretch of the river, and several hiking opportunities are available around the site. View Hecla Junction Campground Map.
This site is conveniently located, and seems to attract more of an RV crowd. Some of the best fishing along the river is found here, up and down river from Rincon. It is also a takeout for boaters wanting a more mellow float on the Arkansas. View Rincon Campground Map.
Vallie Bridge is located in Bighorn Sheep Canyon and is a peaceful respite for overnight river trips, as well as tent campers traveling through the valley. View Vallie Bridge Campground Map.
Five Points is easily accessible from Hwy 50 and has a passageway under the bridge to the day use site on the north side of the highway. At this site you will find a "Watchable Wildlife" exhibit and an observation deck over the river. It's also one of the best picnic areas around! View AHRA Five Points Campground Map.