Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA Activities
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 http://www.arkansasrivertours.com
Rock-n-row, 719-942-4125 http://www.rocknrow.com
,also guided rock climbing, horseback riding and overnight trips
Noah's Ark Rafting, 866-525-5706 http://noahsark.com/raft
Journeyquest, 888-623-7939 http://www.journeyquest.org
,also overnight trips and combo adventures
Echo Canyon River Expeditions, 888-755-3246 http://www.raftecho.com
The Arkansas River is a noted brown trout fishery. Dozens of creeks, streams and lakes and literally hundreds of smaller beaver ponds offer quality rainbow, cutthroat and brook fishing. Colorado's Division of Wildlife stocks many streams and high mountain lakes with rainbow, cutthroat and other species of trout.
Bring your pan and on a hot summer afternoon walk to the river, put your feet in the water and maybe you will find some gold. If you don't know how, just borrow our "how to video" and you will be ready in 30 minutes.
Biking and Hiking
Mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts find: great trail variety, some of the top biking/hiking trails in the nation, mild climate and scenic beauty. We have maps of local trails in the office.
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 http://www.salidarec.com
Here are other Hot Springs in the area:
Mount Princeton Hot Springs, 719-395-2447 http://www.mtprinceton.com/hot-springs-pools
Cottonwood Hot Springs, 719-395-6434 http://www.cottonwood-hot-springs.com
Pool Table Room
Great fun to be had in our rec room.
We have a fun 9 hole mini-golf course
Each Saturday from 2-5 the art shed is open for ceramics. Watch the calendar or visit the front desk for other activities that may be planned!
Explore the incredible scenery with off road adventures.
Rocky Mountain Jeep rentals, 719-539-3088, cell: 719-221-0757. http://www.rockymountainjeeprentals.com
Noah's Ark, 866-525-5706. They also have an adventure park, rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing and overnight trips.
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. http://brownscanyonadventurepark.com 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. http://dinoxp.com
ATV tours and trail riding