Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA

Stay under a starry sky on the Arkansas River in the heart of the Rocky Mountains!

Please Note, We are currently under a stage two fire ban. No wood or charcoal fires allowed.

A stay at this KOA puts you on one of the most popular stretches of the Arkansas River for fly-fishing, kayaking and whitewater rafting. From mid-April through mid-May, an amazing caddis hatch produces incredible dry-fly action. Mid-May through Mid-September local whitewater rafting guides can put you on a raft through tame stretches of water near KOA or take you for a wild ride through Royal Gorge, 23 miles east. Atv guides can show you some out of the way places on solo or group trips with various options of vehicles. We have closed the motel, swimming pool, hayride, ice cream social, art shed and game room, most likely for this entire summer.  Mini golf and the the playground are currently open.  Restrooms and Camping Cabins remain 0pen. 

Although the pool is closed, we are right on the Arkansas River. You can scramble down the banks to the river, bring your Hiking and River shoes! With limited to no internet, TV or Radio in the Canyon, cool evenings, all summer long, invite you to have an old-fashioned campfire with friends and family. Reconnect the old-fashioned way, by sharing old stories and making new memories. 

 Enjoy the Patio RV Sites (overlooking and near the river), with concrete patios, fire rings and patio furniture, or the upgraded Tent Sites, with water and electric and their own patio with patio furniture, overlooking the Arkansas River. 

Marvel at an old-fashioned starry night and the Milky Way. For 20 plus years, we have been focusing on dark skies lighting in the campground to preserve our magnificent night views. Bring your flashlight! See our event section to schedule a visit during a meteor shower.

You're near the Royal Gorge, the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, the new Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, the historic towns of Salida, Westcliffe and Silvercliffe, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve and the old mining town of Cripple Creek are an hour and half drive.  Pool: Closed 2020. Max pull thru: 65 feet.

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Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 75' Max Length
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Fishing
  • Mini Golf ($)
  • Firewood ($)
  • Pavilion
  • Dog Park
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Ways to Stay

KOA Journey

KOA Journey Campgrounds

KOA Journey campgrounds are the perfect oases after a day on the road. Whether it’s along the way or a quick getaway, they’ve got you covered. Located near the highways and byways of North America with long Pull-thru RV Sites, they deliver convenience to the traveling camper. Pull in, ease back and take a load off.

KOA Journeys Feature:

  • Pull-through RV Sites with 50-amp service
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Well lit after hours check-in service

Latest Hot Deal

VKR Appreciation Weekend

VKR Appreciation Weekend Photo WHEN:  September 13, 2020 - September 18, 2020

WHAT:  Value Kard Rewards holders stay as a paying guest on Friday, September 18 at any participating KOA campground and get Saturday, September 19 for FREE*.

WHY:  VKR Appreciation Weekend is designed exclusively for Value Kard Rewards holders to say thanks for your loyalty and for trusting your camping memories to us. On this late-summer weekend, we gather to celebrate friends, family and fun in the great outdoors we all adore.*Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one-site per a VKR account, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.

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Local Area

Royal Gorge Bridge

Plan to spend the entire day exploring Colorado's Premier Scenic Wonder! Survey the breathtaking vistas of the magnificent Royal Gorge from the world's highest suspension bridge, an amazing 1,053 feet above the rushing Arkansas River. Ride a zip line across the canyon, ride a swing out over the canyon or soar high above the chasm in the thrilling aerial tram. Enjoy fabulous shows, live entertainment, children's attractions, restaurants, gift shops and, of course, some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado. It all adds up to fun... and a day you and your family will never forget! 719-275-7507

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Cripple Creek

If you and your family are tired of the same old ‘Tourist Traps', come up to Cripple Creek where the adventure awaits you! Delight in the many sights, sounds and tastes of Cripple Creek. You'll discover Poker, Blackjack and Slot Machines at our numerous casinos, video arcades for the kids, and fine dining for all. At Cripple Creek you can experience unique special events like Donkey Derby Days or Victor Gold Rush Days.

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Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

Take this Goldmine Tour 1000 feet underground. This tour is designed for all ages. No steps, ladder or climbing involved. You will enjoy the slow walking pace. You will receive a real gold ore specimen containing actual "Gold". Open daily at 9 a.m. for tours. 719-689-2465

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Bishop's Castle

Bishop's castle is a three-story medieval-type castle being constructed by Jim Bishop. It is complete with buttresses and decorated with ornamental iron. It is located in the forest between Wetmore and Colorado City. There is no admission charge, but donations are accepted. A gift shop is located in part of the home of the builder. It can be reached by taking Colorado Highway 67 from Florence to Wetmore, then Colorado 96 and 165. 719-485-3040 for information and directions

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