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The Arkansas River

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The beautiful Arkansas River flows from the historic town of Leadville, through the Sawatch mountain range and through the towns of Buena Vista, Salida and Canon City before continuing south.  Along the Arkansas River Valley visitors will enjoy rafting, designated Gold Metal Water fishing, wildlife watching, mountain biking, picnicking, camping and more.

 

The upper Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater boating river in the United States and is a favorite among rafters and kayakers. Area rafting outfitters offer raft trips for everyone from roaring Class IV and V rapids to milder Class II and III sections, which are ideal for family trips.

 

The Buena Vista River Park is becoming one of the premier Whitewater Parks.  Walking paths and picnic tables are available. Relax to the sound of the river flowing by while watching the kayakers practicing their skills, or better yet join them!

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The Chaffee Home and Garden Show

Saturday,  April 28

Salida

CKS Paddlefest (free)

Friday,  May 25

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Bluegrass on the Arkansas Festival (free)

Saturday,  May 26

Salida

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Thursday,  June 14

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Leadville Marathon & Heavy Half

Saturday,  June 16

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