7 Great Reasons to Travel to Browns Canyon

Fishing by raft on the Arkansas River in Browns Canyon.
Fishing by raft on the Arkansas River in Browns Canyon. Helen H. Richardson / Denver Post / Getty

President Barack Obama designated three new national monuments, but outdoor enthusiast are most excited about Browns Canyon in Colorado's upper Arkansas River Valley. The popular destination in central Colorado will now have federal protection for 21,586 acres while maintaining existing rights for ranchers, according to the White House. This is good news for any adventurer as the region offers world-class options for seven activities: whitewater rafting, kayaking, hunting, horseback riding, fishing, climbing, and hiking.

"It's going to protect the natural resources of the river and the surrounding scenery for future generations to be able to enjoy," said Byron Brown, owner of Browns Canyon Rafting. "This designation is great because the canyon river section has some of the best stress-free rapids for rafting and kayaking with the mountains in the background."

The president is announcing the new monuments at the Chicago Pullman District site, which receives its monutment designated as an influential labor and civil rights location. Additionally, he will announce the third location, the Honouliuli Internment Camp site in Hawaii, that will preserve the area where Japanese-Americans were held during World War II.