Summer is here and it’s time for everyone to get out to the Arkansas River and have some fun! This year the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) will be offering hikes and programs for all ages and abilities, which cover a spectrum of outdoor activities and attractions.
This summer volunteer Naturalist Bob Hickey and Naturalist Melissa Arentsen will lead hikes along the river, forests and mountains within the upper Arkansas River valley. Here's a sampling of some of the upcoming programs at the AHRA:
June 22, 9 a.m.: Cottonwood Pass NE side Easy, short day hike with lots of wildflowers and magnificent views.
June 13 to 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: AHRA will be hosting an information booth at FIBArk. Come join the festivities at Colorado’s oldest and boldest whitewater festival. Don’t miss the AHRA float in the FIBArk parade on Saturday!
June 29, 8:30 a.m.: Water Dogs Lake: Short day hike up Monarch Pass area through forests and meadows to a pristine high mountain lake.
July 5, 6:30 p.m.: Campground Program at Railroad Bridge: Bob Hickey will talk about the geologic forces that formed the mountains, valleys and the Arkansas River north of Buena Vista.
August 17, 9 a.m.: Lost Lake on Cottonwood Pass – Bob Hickey will lead a short day hike just below and west of the summit of Cottonwood Pass to a lake that is rarely found.
August 31, 6 p.m.: Labor Day Campground Program/Hike at Hecla Junction: Learn fascinating facts about "Metamorphism" and how the weird and wonderful rock formations were created.
For more information call AHRA at 719-539-7289, or visit their website.