Flatlander coming to the Arkansas: Campsite recommendations?
A group of us is coming out from Wisconsin to paddle the Arkansas next week (arriving Sunday). I know there are a number of USFS in the Salida/Buena Vista area plus a variety of other types of campgrounds. Last time there we stayed in Monarch Park.
Any recommendations on sites that would make for good week-long basecamps in this area? Able to handle 12 of us (either use a group site or 2 or 3 individual sites together)? Scenic, good access, quiet, etc.
And speaking of the Arkansas, water level looks reasonable. Will it hold? And any warnings or concerns stemming from recent wildfires? I see the Royal Gorge was actually closed for a time. All okay on and off the rivers now? Will campfires be banned?
I'll appreciate any and all helpful information.