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Browns Canyon National Monument - Things to Know Before Visiting

Salida, CO 81201, USA

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About Browns Canyon National Monument

A beautiful 21,586 acres national monument in Chaffee County, which is centered along the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida. It is the most popular destination for whitewater rafting in the country, and is also known for its fishing and hiking. It is also protected habitat for bighorn sheep, peregrine falcons, elk, and golden eagles.

Attractions Near Browns Canyon National Monument

Chinaman Gulch
Chinaman Gulch6.54km from Browns Canyon National Monument

Chinaman Gulch is a very popular, difficult rock crawling trail best suited for modified vehicles. Minimal snow to the area makes it an ideal location for winter wheeling. There are many obstacles and rocks to play on along this 4wd trail, many of which provide multiple lines from easy to hard. Although not very scenic, the occasional views of the Collegiate Peaks are astonishing.

Mt. Princeton Trailhead
Mt. Princeton Trailhead9.63km from Browns Canyon National Monument

Experience this 10.9-km out-and-back trail near Nathrop, Colorado. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 5 h 28 min to complete. This trailhead is at 8,900' and there is a large parking area. If you have a good clearance 4WD, you can continue up the narrow 322 (Mt. Princeton) road. Just after the lower parking area, there is a fork in the road - stay right on the main road. Drive 3 miles to the radio towers at 10,800'.

Midland Hill
Midland Hill10.32km from Browns Canyon National Monument

A majestic hill that was located in the heart of Chaffee, which offers breathtaking views and its trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Buena Vista, Colorado.

Buena Vista Mountain Adventures
Buena Vista Mountain Adventures11.53km from Browns Canyon National Monument

Buena Vista is situated in scenic Chaffee County, between the Collegiate Peaks and the Arkansas River in south-central Colorado, and is known for its laid-back, mountain-town vibe .Buena Vista is sometimes referred as the “banana belt”, because of its temperate and arid climate that provides 300+ days of sunlight. It’s common for someone to ride a snowmobile or cross-country ski in snowy, frigid conditions in the mountains, and then return to Buena Vista.

Pike and San Isabel National Forest
Pike and San Isabel National Forest13.9km from Browns Canyon National Monument

The Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands covers nearly three million acres from western Kansas and Colorado's highest mountain peaks along the Continental Divide. This landscape offers a variety of ecosystems rich in history, geology, scenery, wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities.

Chalk Creek
Chalk Creek13.99km from Browns Canyon National Monument

Chalk Creek is a 27.3-mile-long river flowing east from the Collegiate Peaks mountain range in Chaffee County. The river is surrounded by a mix of privately owned and US forest service land. Campgrounds and public trails, including the Colorado Trail, are located along the length of the river. Several hot springs emerge in this valley.The river is named after the magnificent white kaolinite cliffs that stand at the entrance to the Chalk Creek valley, and are a result of hot spring deposits.

Where is Browns Canyon National Monument

Discover More Attractions in Chaffee County, Where Browns Canyon National Monument Is Located

Chaffee County
Chaffee County
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Chaffee County is one of the 64 counties in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is home to Buena Vista, Salida & Poncha Springs Colorado. 14,000-foot peaks to the west and the Arkansas River to the east make these communities unique. Create your own adventure and enjoy all that Colorado outdoors has to.