Browns Canyon


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Turret Trail 6045 en route to the Arkansas River at Little Cottonwood Creek is a steep but short 2-mile roundtrip hike with wide views of the area’s northern half. Access All access to Browns Canyon National Monument is via unpaved roads that have blind corners and other hazards. The 5.5-mile “in and out” hike along the gentle dead-end River Bench Trail 6045A provides a good sample of the northern Monument with an Arkansas River overlook. One of the main trailheads into the Monument is located adjacent to the Ruby Mountain Recreation Site (AHRA), which features a campground with restrooms, changing facilities, a boat ramp and picnic sites. The Hecla Junction Recreation Site (AHRA) is the primary location for taking boats out after floating through Browns Canyon. The area features a campground with restrooms, changing facilities, a boat ramp and picnic sites. The road into Hecla Junction is steep and unpaved. For more information about trails and hiking in the area, visit uploads/2015/02/2-Browns-Canyon-NorthernTrails-42_-FINAL-OL-lowrez-8.24.14.pdf Roundtrip out-and-back along the west bank of the river via Seidel’s Suckhole Trail: 2 miles, 1.5 hours Stay on designated trails unless confident in cross-country hiking and navigation skills. •• Hecla Junction Trailhead (Hecla Junction Recreation Site) distances and estimated hiking times: Forest Service Road 1434A is an ATV route that traverses the northern boundary of the Monument. There is a seasonal gate closure Dec 1 – April 15 every year. •• Aspen Ridge Road (Forest Service Road 185) comprises the eastern boundary of the Monument. High clearance 4x4 vehicles recommended. Vehicles must remain within one vehicle length of the road when parking. BLM Photo by Bob Wick Browns Canyon National Monument For centuries, the rugged granite cliffs, colorful Browns Canyon For more Information rock outcroppings and stunning mountain vistas of Browns Canyon National Monument have Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area 307 W. Sackett Avenue Salida, CO 81201 719-539-7289 attracted visitors from around the world. The area’s unusual geology and roughly 3,000-foot range in elevation support a diversity of life and a wealth of geological, ecological, riparian, cultural National Monument BLM Royal Gorge Field Office 3028 East Main Street Cañon City, CO 81212 719-269-8500 and historic resources. President Obama designated the 21,589-acre Browns Canyon National Monument on February ​ SFS Salida Ranger District U 5575 Cleora Road Salida, CO 81201 719-539-3591 19, 2015. The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service jointly manage the Monument. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), through the manages river-based recreation on the Arkansas River through Cover: BLM Photo by Kyle Sullivan BLM Photo by Bob Wick Browns Canyon. BLM Photo by Bob Wick The Arkansas River within the AHRA is a world class fishery and provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to test their skills at catching brown and rainbow trout. As a testament to the excellent fishery, CPW designated the Arkansas River from the confluence with the Lake Fork of the Arkansas River downstream to Parkdale, Colorado (102 miles), as a Gold Medal Trout Fishery in 2014. This addition to the Gold Medal registry is Browns Canyon has a rich cultural history that we are still investigating. The Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 prohibits removing, disturbing or defacing archaeological sites or artifacts on federal public lands. Recreation About National Monuments Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA), BLM/CO/GI-15/009 Fishing Turret Road (Forest Service Road 184) off Aspen Ridge Road provides a rugged 4x4 experience into the heart of the Monument while traveling through open meadows and granite spires with the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness serving as the backdrop. The story of people living in the upper Arkansas River valley is told through sites and artifacts dating back 11,000 years. Within the monument, evidence of seasonal camps remains, including open campsites, prehistoric stone structures and rock shelter sites, among other features. These sites range from the PaleoIndian (11,000 years before present) to the Late Prehistoric Period (from around 2,000 years ago to the 1700s). The cultural resources within Browns Canyon provide future generations with the opportunity to learn from those who preceded us in exploring this beautiful area. Discovery of gold near the Arkansas River in 1859 brought an influx of people to the area, along with the need for transportation. While the old Stagecoach Road provided a route to Leadville for many years, it was very rugged and the trip was a long one. The arrival of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in 1880 allowed for much easier access to the booming mining area around Leadville. Many interesting historic prospecting sites can still be found throughout the monument. Photo © Tim Brown Photography The 11.5-mile Catkin Gulch Loop 6046 roundtrip via the Turret Trail 6405 goes deep into the Monument for a fuller experience of its wilderness character. National Monuments are designated to afford protection, conservation and restoration to landscapes of tremendous beauty, diversity, and historic or scientific interest. The Antiquities Act of 1906 granted the President authority to designate national monuments to protect “objects of historic or scientific interest.” While most national monuments are established by the President, Congress has also occasionally established national monuments to protect natural or historic features. Since 1906, the President and Congress have created more than 100 national monuments managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Whitewater Activities Whitewater boating is the most popular recreational activity that occurs in Browns Canyon. Through the AHRA partnership, CPW manages commercial and private boating through Browns Canyon along with all recreational use on the Arkansas River from the confluence of the Lake Fork and the East Fork of the Arkansas River to Lake Pueblo. BLM Photo by Bob Wick Roundtrip to river at Little Cottonwood via Turret Trail (#6045): 2.7 miles, 2 hours Roundtrip to the river via the River Bench Trail (#6045A): 5.5 miles, 3 hours Roundtrip to the river via River Access Trail (#6045B): 9 miles, 4.5 hours Roundtrip including Catkin Gulch Loop (#6046): 11.5 miles, 5 hours Roundtrip Ruby Mountain Trailhead to Forest Service Road 184: 11 miles, 5 hours Photo by Susan Mayfield Ruby Mountain Trailhead (Ruby Mountain Recreation Site) distances and estimated hiking times: Cultural Resources BLM Photo by Kyle Sullivan Hiking Trails the state’s longest--nearly a third of Colorado’s 322 Gold Medal river miles in a single segment. The Gold Medal designation itself doesn’t carry any special fishing regulations; however, a valid Colorado Fishing License is required and other special fishing regulations apply within certain portions of the Gold Medal stretch of river. For more information, please refer to CPW fishing regulations ( RulesRegs/Brochure/fishing.pdf). The Arkansas River is the most accessible way to enjoy the National Monument. The remote canyon provides a unique type of whitewater boating experience when compared to other segments of the Arkansas River, allowing visitors to experience solitude in a natural setting while enjoying the scenery. For more information on water flows and float permits, visit Grazing The Monument contains several active livestock grazing allotments that have been permitted since implementation of the Taylor Grazing Act in 1934. Grazing use in this area supports R FS S CR 187 Rd 1 8 5. D A T1 43 FS T1 43 5 4 34 FS T1 !! 9 Ruby Mountain Rec Site FS Browns Canyon National Monument does not require fees for entrance. However, parking at the Ruby Mountain Recreation Site and/or the Hecla Junction Recreation Site requires either a CPW annual or daily parks pass. Annual park passes can be obtained at the AHRA Visitor Center in Salida or daily passes can be obtained at self-serve kiosks at the recreation sites. For more information about fees, visit placestogo/parks/ArkansasHeadwatersRecreationArea/Pages/ Fees.aspx Leave No Trace Browns Canyon National Monument 2WD Dirt Road High Clearance Road - 4WD Recommended Trail - Open to Motorized Use 50" or Less Trail - Open to Non-Motorized Use Trail - Open to Non-Motorized, Non-Mechanized Use Following the Leave No Trace principles and combining them with your personal judgment, awareness and experience will help protect natural and cultural resources and preserve the experience for future visitors. Please learn and practice Leave No Trace skills and ethics and pass them on to those you meet. It’s easy to enjoy and protect the Monument simultaneously. • Plan ahead and prepare. • Travel and camp on durable surfaces. • Dispose of waste properly. • Leave what you find. • Minimize campfire impacts. • Respect wildlife. • Be considerate of other visitors. T6 04 5 ! Camp Ground - Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area 9 ! Boat Ramp/Slide - Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Land Ownership BLM Wilderness Study Area Bureau of Land Management US Forest Service State 0 Private FS Rd 185 Aspen Ridge The rugged river corridor of Browns Canyon National Monument represents one of the only riparian ecosystems along the Arkansas River that remains relatively undisturbed. Riparian corridors provide very important migration routes for birds and insects. A number of reptile and amphibian species are found in the area, including Woodhouse’s toads, chorus frogs, bullsnakes, plains garter snakes, western rattlesnakes, Short-horned lizards, and some other less common species. Fees Ri v T6045A Browns Canyon is home to some of Colorado’s most emblematic animal species, including mountain lions, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, bobcat, red and gray fox, black bear and coyote, among others. The area’s cliffs provide excellent habitat for peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and golden eagles. as 6 04 6 T T6045B ´ 0.5 1 Miles For more information, visit BROWNS CANYON WILDERNESS STUDY AREA n I ka Ar Buena Vista, CO ! . ° K River nsas BROWNS CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT ¿ M ! . Salida, CO t I ka Ar er Riv FS t I s n sa FS Rd 1 84 Turret Road n I n I A 185 ° K sp en ge Rid 285 £ ¤ Photo © John Fielder un Co Wildlife ka ns 0 F Unique plant species within Browns Canyon include the endemic Brandegee’s buckwheat as well as imperiled species such as Fendler’s Townsend-daisy, Fendler’s false cloak-fern, Livermore fiddleleaf and the endemic Front Range alumroot. Rec Site er The plant community in this area has repeatedly evolved during periods of climate change since the Eocene Epoch (56-33.9 million years ago). Geologic and climate changes since the Precambrian (4,600-541 million years ago) make the area an important site for research on paleoclimatology and the effects of climate change, wildland fire and other disturbances. ! Ar the local economy and maintains the historic ranching heritage of Chaffee County. Livestock grazing management practices are conducted in a manner that promotes a balance in use with wildlife needs, protection of riparian areas and healthy plant ecosystems. 30 0 Plants 0 d3 4. CR 301 285 £ ¤ Count yR d Fisherman's Bridge 1 ty R d 94 9! ! Hecla Junction Rec Site C ou n ty R d 1 84

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