Salida Playpark

If you are near Salida, Colorado, this looks like fun!

Salida River Park

The Salida Playpark on the Arkansas Riverconsists of two waves/holes depending on water levels. The Arkansa River has a good size drainage and is dam controled. It can flow as high as 6,000 cfs. For water levels, you can click here. Depending on flow, these waves can be world class.

At low to medium flows the upper hole is more of a poor-over and the lower holes is awesome. The lower hole is great for beginners to expert boaters. The hole is great for loops and is backed up by a bunch of flat water for recovery. At the lower flows, there is even a sand beach for those paddlers that may have kids or just like the feel of sand on bare feet. With views of Mt. Princeton in the background, a town park, this playpark is fun!

At high water, around 1,500 cfs and up, the lower hole washes out and the upper hole can be hard to stay in. If you can, it might be the best ride you every had. At high water you may also get washed down below the return eddy and have to walk back up. This can be frustrating after a while. The wave is best for flat spins and surfing. Swapping ends and sticking the wave is tuff.

New Ownership at

Hi. My name is Shawn and I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as the new owner of

I reached out to the previous owner as he didn’t seem to be keeping the site up to date. No offense to him (and he told me I could say this), but it was an early interest of his, but he lacked the time to add any real content to the site. “Blogging is harder than it looks. I don’t have a need for the site, so if you want it, it is yours.” This is my first foray into having a website and I may very well find that out myself. But I’m excited to give it a shot.

I’m in the process of transferring the domain now and in the next couple of weeks I’ll be fully taking control of the site. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to do any better, but I’ll give it a try. I am fairly technical, but in the ways of corporate IT work, not the ins-and-outs of hosting a website. So I have some leaning ahead of me too.

I do a fair amount of hiking, camping and canoeing. And I’ll probably be expanding the content to reflect all activities in the great outdoors.

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