The Browns Canyon National Monument is an area around the Arkansas River that's long been a popular recreational area.
The nearly 22,000-acre area of the Arkansas River that is contained within the Browns Canyon National Monument is the United States' most popular place for whitewater rafting. It is also popular for its hiking and fishing opportunities.
Prior to becoming a National Monument in 2015, the area had also been popular with hunters. With the designation, animals such as bighorn sheep, elk, and golden eagles are more protected.
The stretch of river inside the Browns Canyon National Monument runs from the town of Buena Vista to the town of Salida. Mountain bikes are not permitted inside the monument.