Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA

Open April 6 - October 31

Reserve: 800-562-2686

Reserve: 800-562-2686

Info: 719-275-9308

Info: 719-275-9308


21435 US Highway 50

Cotopaxi, CO 81223

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

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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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ATV tours and trail riding

Book an ATV tour or ride your own ATV on the many off road trails in the area. Trail maps  available in the office. 
Play Dirty ATV tours. 719-275-7373 
All Season Adventures, 719-530-0651 . Tours or rentals

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Royal Gorge Heli Tours

One of the most spectacular helicopter tours in the US. 719-276-9038

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