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The Spirit of Browns Short from Grit & Thistle Film Company. Watch the Full 12 Minute Browns Canyon Film Here.
March 29, 2013 – The Friends of Browns Canyon welcome Senator Udall’s proposed legislation to give Browns Canyon the permanent protection it deserves. Read More »

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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