Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA

Open April 1 - October 30

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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Camper Rating 4.5 out of 5

Based on 1000 Reviews

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 http://www.royalgorgebridge.com

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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 http://www.goldminetours.com

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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 http://www.bishopcastle.org

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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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The Gold Belt Tour

The National Back Country Byway leads the adventurous traveler through some of the most scenic and historically significant features in Colorado. The tour retraces three historic travel routes that connect Canon City and Florence to the mountain mining communities of Cripple Creek and Victor.

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Monarch Aerial Tram

For a ride to above timberline on the Continental Divide, climb aboard the Monarch Aerial Tram. At Monarch Pass, the tram takes visitors on the world's highest gondola. From enclosed cars, you get spectacular views of surrounding mountains, even Pike's Peak. Call 719-539-4091 for rates and times.

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Ghost Towns

A trip out West is not complete without an outing to one of the region's ghost towns. St. Elmo southwest of Buena Vista is the best-known in the region. ATV rentals available at the general store.  http://www.st-elmo.comOther ghost towns  of note in the area include Turret, Winfield and Vicksburg.

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Historic Royal Gorge Railroad

The best way to see the Gorge.  The train takes you along the Arkansas River, 1000 feet below the rim of the Gorge. Call 719-276-4000 or visit http://www.royalgorgeroute.com for rates, information and times.

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Colorado Gators Reptile Park

A unique and amazing sanctuary for alligators and unwanted exotic pets. They have 5 Albino alligators, many alligators, tortoises, geckos, pythons and many more. 719-378-2612 http://www.coloradogators.com

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

A volcanic eruption 34 million years ago transformed everything in its path into 60,000 fossilized specimens. 719-748-3253 http://www.nps.gov/flfo

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

America's tallest sand dunes rise 700 feet above the floor of the San Luis Valley, at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. 719-378-6300 http://www.nps.gov/grsa

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