How the Mighty Arkansas River Got Its Name
Many nations of Native Americans lived near or along the mighty Arkansas River for thousands of years before the Spanish discovered it’s beautiful 1,450 miles. The native name for the Arkansas River was Napeste, but with further expansion of European exploration the name Arkansas was appointed the official name as it meets with the Mississippi River in the state of Arkansas.
The mouth of the river lays at 10,000 feet in elevation just outside of Leadville, Colorado, flowing east-southeast through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, where it joins the Mississippi River to later flow to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Arkansas River has three distinct sections: its’ high altitude headwaters, its’ long flat transition through the Great Plains and its’ convergence with the Mississippi River. We raft the mighty drops in the headwaters of the Arkansas River, including famous stretches like Browns Canyon and the Royal Gorge.