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About Five Points - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area
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ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Five Points - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area is located in Colorado
Latitude
38.441 N
Longitude
-105.536 W
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3 Reviews of Five Points - Arkansas Headwaters State Rec Area
Scenic sites along the Arkansas River

This campground is very convenient when rafting the Arkansas. There is not much shade, but the spots are big and the restrooms are very well maintained. This site is very unique and great for children as there is a tunnel from the campground to the river and lots of great information for kids and adults about the history of the area and the plants and animals. It tends to be a bit loud at night being so close to a major roadway but the breeze that blows through the canyon takes the edge off the heat.

Rafting and hiking

We camped here after going on a rafting trip. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area has a number of campsites along the river. We only ended up at Five Points because it was the first one we found that was available in July. The campsites are all very open (not private) but have nice views along this small canyon. There are vault toilets but bring your own water and/or plan to treat the water from the creek. Great stargazing and convenient to lots of hiking trails and rafting outfitters, but not close to towns. I highly recommend you look up directions and/or GPS coordinates (38 27.1043 N 105 29.3542 W) on the CO State Park site, as your mapping app will take you to the ranger office instead of the campground (but of course you’ll find awesome information about the region at the ranger office!).

First to Review
Picturesque mountain to river scenary.

We pulled off into this campground exhausted from the day of driving through Kansas on US route 50. The campground had prepared tent pads framed by railroad ties, picnic tables. The drawback to this campground was that there was no source of water. There were latrine vaulted toilets well supplied. It was the manual pay system putting the envelope in the slot. Along with the camping fee of $16, you had to pay the day use fee of $8. Many states offer the option of purchasing an annual pass for that costs less if you camp more than 4 days. My rating is reduced due to the lack of water. There is a tunnel to walk through under the highway to get to a pavilion created for viewing the Arkansas River, it was very nice there.