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Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA

Situated along one of the Arkansas River’s most popular fishing areas, the Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA is a family-friendly RV park to the west of Colorado Springs. Aside from the incredible dry-fly action from mid-April to mid-May, the river is also a popular whitewater rafting destination, with both tame and challenging rapids to explore.Camping at Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA includes access to a range of full hookup sites, with 30 or 50 amp electrical connections and the space for big rigs up to 75 feet in length. There’s a picnic pavilion where you can mingle with other guests and a dog park where your four-legged friends can run free, as well as a swimming pool to cool off in during the hot, summer months. You can grab snacks, firewood, and propane at the on-site camp store and there’s a mini-golf course that the kids will love. Aside from an art shed and craft classes during the holidays, Saturday evening hayrides are one of the highlights of camping with an RV at this KOA.Cotopaxi campers are on the doorstep of the Royal Gorge Route Railroad and the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, as well as being just a short drive from the historic town of Salida. The Great Sand Dunes National Park lies just to the south while the Pike and San Isabel National Forests are a stone’s throw away.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Camp in an RV near Cotopaxi and head north to the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, which are famed for their “fourteeners,” peaks that rise to over 14,000 feet in height. These include Mount Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado, as well as the Collegiate Peaks and the Sangre de Cristo Range. Together the two forests encompass nine different wilderness areas that each have their own characteristics and recreation opportunities. Aside from challenging hikes to tick off the “fourteeners,” the area is also a popular winter sports hub, with the Monarch, Cooper Hill, Conquistador, and Cuchara Valley ski areas all within their borders.RV parks in Cotopaxi also make a good base for visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, which is renowned for its towering sand dunes, some of which are up to 750 feet in height. Wade through the seasonal Medano Creek to access the dunes or follow the Medano Pass Primitive Road to explore the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Sandboarding and sand sledding are both popular activities (with boards available for rent just outside the park), as is hiking to the park’s wildlife-filled wetlands and alpine lakes.Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA can also be used as a base for exploring the Rio Grande National Forest, which sprawls across 1.86 million acres in southwest Colorado. Within its bounds lie one of the world’s largest high deserts and the immense agricultural alpine valley of San Luis, together with four designated wilderness areas. Spot black bears, cougars, and bighorn sheep in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness, follow part of the Colorado Trail through La Garita Wilderness, or explore the sparkling lakes and high peaks of the South San Juan Wilderness.

Exploring the Area

RV camping at Cotopaxi / Arkansas River KOA is a great option if you want to ride the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, a heritage railway that departs from the Santa Fe Depot in nearby Cañon City. It follows a portion of the former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad along a spectacular section of the track while offering an insight into the railroad’s storied past. Learn about the competition between the Rio Grande and Santa Fe railroads as mining activity grew in the Arkansas Valley and the two-year struggle between them that became known as the Royal Gorge War. Cañon City also has a good selection of supermarkets and gas stations if you need to fill up your RV rental, as well as plenty of eateries for dining out.If you’re traveling with kids, don’t miss a visit to the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, which features an interactive museum and a park filled with life-size dinosaurs. Join a guided tour to learn about the museum’s fossil collection and sees casts of dinosaur-age creatures, then wander through the outdoor animatronic dinosaur park. Aside from a theater where you can learn more about these prehistoric creatures, there’s also a ropes course that brings you face-to-face with animated dinosaurs.Motorhome camping on the Arkansas River is also ideal if you want to visit Colorado Springs, which nestles at the foot of the Rocky Mountains just 90 minutes’ drive away. Soak up the panoramic views from Pikes Peak, which rises behind the city, and admire the red-hued rock formations in the Garden of the Gods. You can also explore the state-of-the-art facilities at the United States Olympic Training Center or coincide your visit to the United States Air Force Academy with one of their impressive training flights.Whether you want to explore the rugged landscapes of central Colorado or the training centers of Colorado Springs, book an RV in Fremont County and start planning your next vacation.


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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.