The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) has programs planned each weekend through Labor Day. The river flows are good, the fishing is terrific and there are fun outdoor activities for everyone. The programs are free of charge, but a valid Colorado state parks pass is required for the programs. For more information call AHRA at 719-539-7289. The upcoming programs are:
Friday, Aug. 24
Original Western Folk Music – All Ages – 7:30 p.m.
Join park naturalist Claire Davis and local musicians Cactus Jack and Linda for original western folk music around a campfire at the Ruby Mountain Campground.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Ruby Mountain River Hike – Ages five and older – 9 a.m.
Experience the wonders of Ruby Mountain and Browns Canyon with park naturalist Claire Davis. This is an easy hike on a new volunteer-built trail that goes east and south around Ruby Mountain and to some lovely fishing access to the Arkansas River. Meet at the Ruby Mountain Campground. Bring a fishing pole and try for the big ones!
Sunday, Sept. 2
Fire and Brimstone – The Volcanoes of the Arkansas River Valley – 6 p.m.
Back by popular demand, AHRA volunteer geologist Bob Hickey and AHRA naturalist Claire Davis will take folks on a journey through time. The Arkansas River valley has a history of volcanic eruptions and glaciers, forming a “Rocky Mountain” paradise with many treasures to discover. Following Saturday’s presentation, Bob and Claire will lead participants on a short hike in the hills surrounding Ruby Mountain.
Those interested in attending programs should meet at Ruby Mountain Campground, south of Buena Vista off Highway 285, turning on County Road 301, then County Road 300 to the campground.
The programs are free of charge, but a valid State Parks pass is required for all attending the program. For more information call AHRA at 719-539-7289.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife was created by the merger of Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, two nationally recognized leaders in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado’s wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. To learn more about Colorado’s state parks, please see:http://www.parks.state.co.us. To learn more about Colorado’s wildlife programs, please see: http://wildlife.state.co.us.