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Sweetwater River Resort

· Cotopaxi, Fremont, Colorado
31 acres hosted by Sweetwater R.
8 lodging sites · 15 RV sites · 9 tent sites
Creature comforts
Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Full RV hookups
Electrical, water, and sewage hookups are available at select sites.
Big rig-friendly
Spacious, level camping well-suited for travel trailers over 40 ft long.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
Sweetwater River Resort is located on the Arkansas river, 30 minutes from Canyon City and 30 minutes from Salida where Hwy 50 follows the river through Bighorn Canyon. Skiers, we are only 40 miles from Monarch Ski Resort. You’ll enter a different world–a sanctuary away from the fast pace and pressures of ordinary life. Sweetwater River Resort is a nature-lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and fly fishing fanatic’s dream nestled on the banks of the beautiful juniper-lined Arkansas River. You’ll find uncrowded sites to unwind with plenty of rivers to explore outside the confines of city life. At night you’ll find the clearest skies around, perfect for stargazing. Experience a range of accommodations at Sweetwater River Resort, from budget-friendly cabins to glamping tents and even RV sites. Choose from Rustic Cabins, Pioneer Cabins, Deluxe Cabins, or Glamping Tents to call Sweetwater your home away from home. For larger groups, we offer a spacious house overlooking the Arkansas River, all just a short distance from the river itself. At Sweetwater River Resort, there's something for everyone. Fish along our private half-mile of river frontage, go whitewater rafting or kayaking, soak in nearby hot springs, hike or mountain bike through the mountains, pan for gold, stargaze at night, and spot eagles, osprey, and other birds. Keep an eye out for Big Horn sheep, pronghorn, and elk, and marvel at the beauty of Colorado's aspen trees in the fall. Explore a nearby ghost town or simply relax by the water. Located near numerous attractions, Sweetwater River Resort is a short drive from 45 miles of 4x4 and ATV trails at Texas Creek, the Arkansas Headwaters Hiking Area, Vallie Bridge Loma Linda, Lone Pine, Hayden Creek, Royal Gorge, and The Bluff Trail Hiking in Westcliffe. It's the perfect base for river rafting trips throughout the season. Come stay with us and experience all that Sweetwater River Resort has to offer!
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38 ratings · 30 reviews
Cindy H.recommends
July 5, 2024
RV River 5 - 50/30amp pull-through
Riverfront campsite
Nice location on the river. It's about a 30 minute (beautiful) drive from Royal Gorge and Cañon City, with just a gas station and convenience store on the other side in Cotopaxi. We didn't have any issues while we were there. Firewood is available for purchase. Knocked it down a star due to the road noise at night.
Barbra A.recommends
July 3, 2024
RV River 9 - 30amp pull-through
Right on the river
My husband and I took our trailer to SRR for a couple of days. Lovely and relaxing. Right on the Arkansas River. Lots of rafters floating by and some folks fishing. Close to Hwy 50 but we really didn’t notice a lot of traffic noise, but it was mid-week. Good spot to camp!
Matthew M.recommends
July 1, 2024
I am hesitant to write this review because this place is almost too special to share with others! Nestled in the Arkansas River Valley, with the river flowing high just near our campsite, and with snow capped peaks visible in the distance - this place was wonderful. The suspension bridge was exhilarating and added a thrill to an idyllic campsite. We’re already planning our trip for next summer!
Brandy L.
June 28, 2024
The Ramblin' Man
Incessant dog barking allowed here
I had planned on giving this spot a five star review. However, I’m downgrading it to 2.5 stars. The park is small, right by the river, and easy to find. There is a bathhouse which could use some simple upgrades like the plastic chairs in the shower stalls. They are old and look dirty. For the price of plastic chairs, it’s a small way to improve the aesthetics of something naked people sit on. The hand dryer also doesn’t work and there are no paper towels. It’s better than toileting in the woods so these were minor to us. The reason for the major downgrade in stars is because a single woman and her dog arrived at the close spot next to ours around 9pm. Her dog barked the entire time she set up. It started again 545-600 am when she started loading up. She moved to another spot by the river not too far from us. It continued barking nonstop. I could hear it all the way up at the bathhouse. Didn’t fault the host UNTIL I came out and saw him teaching her to fish while the dog barked incessantly. Neither said a word to the dog even though it had been three hours of it barking. We finally yelled to tell them to do something. She told us to ignore it, we said we are also paying for our site so no, we would not. The host didn’t say anything to her or us but she finally put the dog in her car. If you don’t expect a host to help guests with noise or this kind of situation, stay here. Had he dealt with the situation on his own, this would have been 5 ⭐️ for the location alone.
Kelly D.
June 27, 2024
Group Tent Site
We did not appreciate that this is basically an RV camp on the side of US 50. There is road noise. You are also right next to the river, which is nice but pretty buggy. Very basic site. Pros are the flush toilet bathrooms (3 stalls) and 2 showers. We decided to leave after one night because the site was not what we were expecting - not the same quality as our previous Hipcamp bookings
Angie C.recommends
June 26, 2024
Very peaceful campground. Would definitely come back
Cotopaxi, Fremont, Colorado, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Tséstho’e (Cheyenne) and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Sweetwater R.Joined in February 2021
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