Volunteer Naturalist Bob Hickey of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) will lead the public on AHRA’s first spring hike on Saturday, March 28, through Cottonwood Gulch east of Salida. Hickey is excited to begin AHRA’s 2015 spring and summer hike line up with this “hidden gem” of a walk through unique closed and open canyon scenery.
Hikers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead on Railroad Street in Salida, which is accessed off County Road 175 and runs south and parallel to the railroad tracks along the east side of the Arkansas River. Throughout the duration of the hike, participants will experience a variety of spectacular geology and unique rock features while traversing pinon forests and beautiful valleys.
The hike will be approximately six miles round trip, and last about five hours including breaks, lunch and geology exploring along the way. Hikers need to dress for the weather and trail conditions, and bring water, sunscreen, a sack lunch and snacks. There is no fee for the event, but interested hikers must call AHRA at 719-539-7289 by the morning of March 27 to register and for exact directions and detailed hike information.
The AHRA is managed through a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Land Management and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Formed in 1989, this partnership allows agencies to provide visitors with recreation opportunities and care for significant natural resources of the upper Arkansas River valley.