Browns Canyon National Monument, Salida

4.3
#4 of 6 in Nature in Chaffee County
Browns Canyon National Monument is a 21,586acre national monument in Chaffee County, Colorado that was designated as such by President Barack Obama under the Antiquities Act on February 19, 2015. The site will be centered along the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida. Browns Canyon is the most popular destination for whitewater rafting in the country, and is also known for its fishing and hiking. The monument will provide habitat protection for bighorn sheep, peregrine falcons, elk, and golden eagles.
Designation of the monument was requested by numerous Colorado lawmakers, including Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall, Representative Joel Hefley and Governor John Hickenlooper. It was opposed by Representatives Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn, who objected to the president's use of executive action in declaring the monument. Lamborn also objected to the effect that the monument's creation would have on grazing, mineral and water rights; in response the White House stated that the designation would honor "valid and existing rights, but withdraws the area from future mineral leasing."
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  • Very scenic. Parking lot was too crowded. Almost couldn't park. Road in was rough and not well maintained.  more »
  • We had a great self guided hike/swim. The trail meanders along the Arkansas river with some gravel beach areas. The trails also go up into the hills as well. Dog friendly, some trails bike is ok, boul...  more »
  • Had our daughter and grandsons on a half day raft trip with Noahs Ark Rafting today. The whole crew were all very professional and we were so happy with our guide, Parker, who made the trip as safe an...  more »
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  • Turret Trail is a fine spring or fall hike through pinyon forests, a sage flat and sandy washes surrounded by granite formations.
  • We were a small group so that was better. Our guide Levi was fun to be with and we did things the other rafts did. Completely amazing
  • Fun hike but get there early in the day or you will feel the heat. Too much of a hike for a little kid but out 11 year old made it far enough so that we were happy. Nice in fall.
  • Rafting Browns wad fun for the whole family.
  • A nearly unbeatable whitewater run! I have seen it labeled as the most rafted and paddled section of whitewater in the entire nation. I believe this is still true! And it's for good reason. Definitely give it a go!
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