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Arkansas Headwaters Getaway Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado, United States of America

3 Anglers Maximum

Basic Access: $125

Cutthroat Subscriber Access: $100

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Camping Available: $50

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This beautiful property includes approximately 3/4 mile of gold medal water on the world famous Arkansas River. The location is a short drive from downtown Salida, Colorado. You can expect to catch 12-16″ brown and rainbow trout. We love this property for dry fly fishing season during the summer and early fall. Camping is permitted on this property so make a long weekend out of it. You won’t be disappointed! River access could not be any easier for younger anglers and people with mobility issues.

Please allow up to 2 business days for booking confirmations.

Camping prices are per person/per day. Camping is dispersed camping. Please practice “leave no trace” principles and pack out all trash. You will need to supply your own water.  No open fires allowed.

Features and Amenities

River Data

5-Day Weather Forecast

40℉ / 33℉

50℉ / 34℉

40℉ / 28℉

39℉ / 27℉

34℉ / 15℉


Reviews (12)

4.9 out of 5.0
Service 5.0
Value for Money 4.9
Location 4.8
Cleanliness 5.0
  • Chris Wheeler
    November 18, 2022 at 6:55 am

    Three of us fished this property on 11/15/22. We knew with the significant changes in temps that fishing would be difficult. The air temps barely hit 40 and the water temp was 38. We were able to land a handful of smaller browns on size 18-22 midge patterns. The challenge with winter fishing this property at these flows-330, is there is not much deep slow holding water. With that said, this property has about a half dozen excellent runs and the views of the Collegiate Peaks are stunning. The river access is very easy, the signage was excellent, and the property was very tidy. As others have reviewed, this would be a great place to fish summer through fall.

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  • John W Rushton
    September 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    I spent half a day fishing this property. The information I got prior to arriving was spot on! The property was well marked, and parking was right at the water’s edge. I was welcomed by a trio of super friendly canines.

    There was a good footpath both upstream and downstream from the parking area. Only in a couple locations did I need to duck under a branch or step over a fallen tree trunk. The water was only a couple feet below the path and was easy to reach. Downstream was even easier.

    I’m only a (experienced) beginner at this sport, so my skill set was challenged by the riffle topography in the majority of the river. I did find a few large rocks that created good holding spots and some seams to work. Those produced 3 nice sized trout (1-rainbow, 2-brown). But I’m afraid I need more work at reading faster flowing water before I can take full advantage of this beautiful location.

    Even before I get that experience, I very well may return. And if I do, I’ll make sure to bring my tent! The location they have set up for camping is peaceful, well shaded and right at the river’s edge. This is a place where even a beginner can take full advantage of (the sound of) the riffles as the Arkansas flows downstream.

    Thank you for making the peace of heaven available to us city dwellers!

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  • Gary Cudmore
    April 25, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Christy and Homer were very friendly and helpful. Camped and fished for 3 days – caught Hofer/Colorado rainbow and wild browns. Water was still low but good fishing using Nymph rig. Will be back in the fall. RareWaters was great to work with the booking and details!

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Value for Money

Anglers, choose how you want to experience RareWaters!

We work directly with our landowners to provide you with amazing fly fishing experiences. Choose the experience that’s right for you!


  • Skip the crowds at public fishing locations
  • Book any of our properties in exchange for a daily access fee
  • Pay as you go access fees starting at $125 per angler per day
  • Experience adventure, serenity and world-class fly fishing


  • Enjoy the perks of being a Cutthroat Subscriber
  • $25 off daily access fees for you and guests
  • Receive river flow and weather reports for every trip
  • $25 of your subscription is donated to Trout Unlimited


It’s simple. You just pay as you book. Anyone can book our locations! Property access starts at $125 per angler per day. Subscriptions aren’t required but Cutthroat subscribers enjoy perks like $25 off every booking and river reports for each trip. Spend more time on the water and let us worry about the rest!

Landowners have at least 1/2 mile of river, stream or creek running through their property. Each property is vetted by RareWaters staff to ensure a premium fly fishing experience.

Right now, we’re focused on the Western United States. But don’t worry, we plan to list properties in other states soon. Our goal is to provide you with new water access no matter where you’re traveling.

We offer subscriptions to all anglers. Subscriptions offer anglers discounted rod fees, priority booking and more. $25 of every subscription is donated to Trout Unlimited, our partners in conservation.

After we receive your payment, RareWaters sends anglers a detailed property map including directions and GPS coordinates. We strongly encourage all anglers to save the GPS coordinates into their smartphones before leaving cell service. Google Maps is our preferred app for directions.