Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA

Open April 15 - October 15

Reserve: 800-562-2686

Reserve: 800-562-2686

Info: 719-275-9308

Info: 719-275-9308

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21435 US Highway 50

Cotopaxi, CO 81223

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Check-in: 2:00 pm, Check-out: 11:00 am

Camper Rating 4 out of 5

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Local Area Attractions

We are centrally located between Canon City, the Royal Gorge, Salida, and Buena Vista. This area has so many beautiful places to explore you will never lack anything to do. Or just relax and enjoy the incredible scenery right outside your RV or tent.

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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Our beautiful Colorado campground

Location: We are situated in the lower Arkansas River Canyon, also called the "Grand Canyon of the Arkansas", granite boulder strewn mountains which form a spectacular back drop at every site.
Climate: A semiarid climate means hot, dry summer days and cool evenings. Mountain breezes typically drop nighttime temperatures 30 degrees or more. The average precipitation -- including both rain and snow -- is less than 13 inches.
Wildlife Viewing: it is the best section to view big horn sheep, deer and other wildlife as they come down from the cliffs to drink from the river.
Birding: Resident ravens. Abundant goldfinches, hummingbirds, flickers, flycatchers, swallows, western bluebirds and tanangers. Seasonal Bald Eagles and osprey.
Best White Water Rafting in the nation: The Arkansas River has some of the best rafting in the nation. From calm stretches to wild rapids choose your trip and go!

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Local Area Activities

Welcome to the Arkansas River Headwaters, one of the nation's premier recreation areas. It is a treasure trove of things to do. Stretching for 148 miles along the Arkansas River, the area offers abundant and outstanding opportunities for fishing, rafting, kayaking, picnicking, hiking, camping, mountain biking and off road adventures with ATV's or Jeeps. There is sightseeing among deep canyons, broad valleys and towering mountain peaks. The towns of Leadville, Buena Vista, Poncha Springs, Salida, Canon City, Florence and Pueblo along with Cripple Creek, and Florissant and Westcliffe offer fine dining, shopping and lots of western atmosphere. There are many historical areas and fun activities to explore. To help you plan your trip check our event calendar and this list of activities and attractions.

White Water Rafting

The Arkansas River is number one in river rafting. More than 300,000 boaters took trips down the river in 1996, more than any other river in the U.S. or the world, for that matter. What makes the Arkansas River so popular are the: Number, size and technical nature of its rapids, length of season, length of river available for rafting, and unsurpassed beauty. Outfitters say the Arkansas offers more excitement per mile than any other river in the west. From family adventure to extreme adventure there is a trip waiting for you. Here is a list of local outfitters:

Arkansas River Tours, 800-321-4352
Rock-n-row, 719-942-4125  ,also guided rock climbing, horseback riding and overnight trips
Noah's Ark Rafting, 866-525-5706
Journeyquest, 888-623-7939, also overnight trips and combo adventures
Echo Canyon River Expeditions, 888-755-3246

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Hot Springs

The Salida Hot Springs Swimming Pool provides a variety of activities including lap swimming, water games and hot baths. Temperatures are adjusted for the large lap pool, soaking and kiddy pools. Soothing hot baths offer welcome relaxation after a raft trip, and a massage will relieve sore muscles for mountain bikers and hikers. 719-539-6738
Here are other Hot Springs in the area: 
Mount Princeton Hot Springs, 719-395-2447
Cottonwood Hot Springs, 719-395-6434

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Horseback Riding

Trail rides through various stables in the area. Contact outfitters for more information
Royal Gorge Stables, 719-275-1799
Mt Princeton Stables, 719-395-3630
Cottonwood Stables, 719-942-4125
Noah's Ark, 866-525-5706 They also have an adventure park, rafting, rock climbing, jeep rentals

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Jeep Rentals

Explore the incredible scenery with off road adventures.

Rocky Mountain Jeep rentals, 719-539-3088, cell: 719-221-0757.
Noah's Ark, 866-525-5706. They also have an adventure park, rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing and overnight trips.

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Adventure Parks

Adventure parks in the area offer distinctly different experiences

Brown's Canyon Adventure Park. 719-395-2158, Colorado's first aerial adventure course. They have 66 challenges and 4 courses. 7 zip lines, a giant swing, a vertical challenge and a "Leap of Faith" . Located on the banks of the Arkansas River, upstream from Brown's Canyon National Monument. They also have rafting, rock climbing and adventure trips.

Royal Gorge Dinosaur Adventure, 800-209-0062. Experience Colorado's Jurassic past. They offer a unique combination of education, outdoor recreation and family fun. Ropes course, Interactive museum, Full scale animatronic dinosaur park, guided tours.

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