What is Browns Canyon?

The Spirit of Browns Short from Grit & Thistle Film Company. Watch the Full 12 Minute Browns Canyon Film Here.


The National Parks subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee has scheduled hearings for July 23, 2014 to receive testimony on Senator Mark Udall’s Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Bill, S. 1794. This is a major milestone in seeing this bill through the Senate, then (we hope) through the U.S. House of Representatives and on to the president.

Please convey your thanks and congratulations to Senator Udall and his staff:

P: 202-224-5941
(Toll-free 877-768-3255)
F: 202-224-6471


Browns Canyon of the Arkansas River is an incredible area which provides outstanding fish and wildlife habitat, sweeping views of the Arkansas Valley as well as four-season recreation opportunities for people to explore the outdoors and experience the area’s scenery and solitude.

Elevations at Browns Canyon range from 10,000 to 7,300 feet, making this a unique mid-elevation area of public land.  As the elevation increases, the pinon juniper trees that dominate the arid lands along the river give way to Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine and large stands of aspen.

The sheer ruggedness, proximity to water and lower elevation provides important habitat for wildlife including black bear, bighorn sheep, elk, mule deer, mountain lions, eagles, falcons, imperiled bats and many other species of wildlife.

Browns Canyon of the Arkansas River is one of the most popular destinations in the nation for whitewater enthusiast.  Permanently protecting the federal lands in Browns Canyon is important to the economic health of local businesses, river outfitters and the surrounding communities.

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