Browns Canyon National Monument
22565 Co Rd 300
Buena Vista, CO 81211
Natural Area: Birding, Camp, Fish, Hike, Horse, Picnic, Snow Sports, Walk, Water Sports
For centuries, the granite cliffs, colorful rock outcroppings and stunning mountain vistas of Browns Canyon National Monument have 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 and historic resources. President Obama designated the Monument in February 2015 under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Whitewater rafting is the most popular recreational activity that occurs in Browns Canyon. The Arkansas River is the most accessible way to enjoy the National Monument. Hiking and Fishing are also popular recreational activities. All access to Browns Canyon National Monument is via unpaved roads that have blind corners and other hazards. 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.