Go Fishing, Rafting, Golfing, and Ziplining in Chaffee County

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Rafting in Browns Canyon National Monument in Chaffee County

Rafting in Browns Canyon National Monument

Quench your thirst for adventure.

Chaffee County is located in central Colorado, in the heart of the Rockies. It stars the small towns of Buena Vista, Salida, and Poncha Springs, plus Monarch Mountain. Folks drawn here enjoy the contrasts to the state’s more glamorous destination resorts. You don’t need the trendiest clothes or newest equipment to fit in with the locals. But if you do have a thirst for adventure, we have more than 100 miles of Arkansas River to raft, fish, float, or kayak. Twelve of the state’s 53 14,000-foot peaks touch the sky in here Chaffee County.

Brown’s Canyon, one of Chaffee County’s most popular raft trips, is Colorado's newest national monument. The Brown’s Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act of 2013 designated a 22,000-acre national monument that allows visitor access via floating through it on the Arkansas River or by going to one of the two recreation sites accessible off CO 285. Both have campgrounds, trails, restrooms, and boat ramps. 

Browns Canyon Aerial Adventure Course in Chaffee County

Browns Canyon Aerial Adventure Course

In spring, summer, and fall, Chaffee County is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast. Visitors can choose from recreational activities such as hiking, biking, OHVing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing, camping, horseback riding, ziplining, swimming, tennis, and golfing.

Winter sports fans can enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Monarch Mountain, as well as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing. 

Historic downtown Salida

Historic downtown Salida

Year-round visitors in the “banana belt” can enjoy distinctive restaurants, unique shops, incredible art galleries, and a large selection of antique shops in the historic towns of Salida and Buena Vista. Lodging options range from motels to rustic inns, bed and breakfasts, hostels, beautiful campsites, and guest ranches.

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Chaffee County, Salida, Colorado 81201


Glenwood Springs Pool in summer

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Relax and restore–or get out and play hard. Famous for its thermal pools and nearby adventures, this town offers something for every type of traveler.