Hecla Junction, AHRA

30 06 2015

WP_20150701_001cHappy Independence Day! We’re bound for Ridgway State Park in southwestern Colorado. Along the way, we’ve stopped at the newly renovated Hecla Junction campground – one of six campgrounds that make up the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, a Colorado State Park.  Located just north of Salida and next to the rafting pull-out for Browns Canyon, the campground offers 23 campsites in a beautiful, riverside setting.  Each site offers a parking area, a graveled tent pad and a fire pit/picnic table area.  There’s a vault toilet in the center of the campground next to a accessible site (#8). Access to this campground is a bit daunting, just 2.4 miles off of highway 285, there’s a short section of 12% grade.  But, with school buses pulling trailers of rafts in and out all day, the dirt road is in good shape, and oiled to keep the dust down.  The entrance to the camping area is unique, you traverse the boat loading zone, across the cement apron before turning into the camp sites.

Sites #1-#12 are riverside sites.  We’re parked in site #9, beyond which the access road gets a bit tight, and might provide a challenge for turning, especially if those higher numbered sites were occupied.  Sites #7 and #9 would be optimal for a dual-site arrangement with #7 providing very easy access.  Site #3 is a 49′ foot site providing some of the best river views in the campground. Site #4 also shares this good river view. Upper sites #21/#23 would provide highest privacy and good views.  After visiting Railroad Bridge and Ruby Mountain a few years ago, this campground has become our new favorite among the AHRA sites.

Tomorrow we’ll head south to Poncha Springs, make the right hand turn over Monarch Pass and be in Montrose with good friends for 1 night before moving to Ridgway State Park.  More from there…




2 responses

6 07 2015

Love the blog and keeping up with your travels. Are you seeing Dave and Mary in Montrose?

6 07 2015

Thanks for your comment. And yes, we had a wonderful time with Dave and Mary over the 4th weekend!

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