Our 5 Favorite Places to Camp Near Cotopaxi, Colorado


It’s no secret that we love Colorado here at Arkansas River Tours. It’s where we call home and it’s where we lead epic adventures down the Arkansas River.

We hope you’ll visit us in Cotopaxi, Colorado for some white water rafting or fly fishing. But while you’re here, we highly recommend getting out around the region, and enjoying the expansive wilderness that surrounds us in all directions.

We’ve put together this list of some of our favorite campings spots around Cotopaxi.

Whether you wish to continue your river adventure or break off into the mountains, you’ll find a detour worth making in this list of Colorado campgrounds.

1. Five Points Campground – Arkansas Headwaters State Recreation Area 


Distance from Cotopaxi: 14.5 miles 

Camp right next to the water and fall asleep to the sound of the gurgling rapids at Five Points campground. These riverbank sites are spacious and perfect for relaxing and stargazing after a long day of rafting. If you’re feeling ambitious, you might want to check out one of the various hiking trails nearby.

2. Echo Canyon Campground


Distance from Cotopaxi: 25 miles 

This campground is smack in the middle of Royal Gorge country. From here you can explore the gorge, or visit Canon City or Colorado Springs. With accessibility to both nature and city variety, you’re going to need some extra time here! If you’re looking for a touch of luxury in the outdoors, Echo Canyon Campground offers cabins with fresh linens and private showers.

3. Cutty’s Hayden Creek Resort 


Distance from Cotopaxi: 7.4 miles 

If you’re traveling to Colorado in an RV, or looking for a touch of luxury in the wilderness, Cutty’s Hayden Creek Resort is the perfect place to call home. You’ll be surrounded by the pointed peaks, the alpine scent, and the fresh air of the Rocky Mountains. And the famous Royal Gorge Bridge is just an hour away. Visit Arkansas River Tours in Cotopaxi before or after your stay, then immerse yourself in central Colorado’s many hiking, horseback riding, and river activities.

4. Hayden Creek Campground 

Distance from Cotopaxi: 9.2 miles 

This secluded campground is great for some peace and quiet. There are only 11 sites and they’re all first-come-first-served. But get there early to nab your little piece of nature for the night and you won’t be disappointed.

5. Alvaredo Campground – Pike and San Isabel National Forests

Distance from Cotopaxi: 29.5 miles 

Tackle some challenging hikes to high altitude lakes from Alvaredo Campground, located about 45 minutes from Cotopaxi, Colorado. There are facilities for RV, tent, and equestrian campers. It’s a beautiful and remote escape into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

There is so much to explore in Colorado. These campgrounds are just the start. Where will your Colorado adventure take you?