Go With the Float

Cool Down the Easy Way with Turtle Tubing

Ever floated the Colorado River around Dotsero? This month or next is the perfect time to bob along the easy waters of this stretch, which are gentle enough for even families with babies and toddlers to enjoy. Plus, you can keep things extra simple by outsourcing the gear-hauling to someone else: Turtle Tubing. The Gypsum-based company owns a fleet of sturdy jumbo tubes that make for a great ride, along with transport from the take-outs back to the Dotsero put-in.

"What's great about our trips is that you're creating your own adventure," says group services manager Shanna Sweeney. "It's a super mellow, lazy trip down this area of the Colorado, and it's a great way to cool off and relax in one of the sections that's not as busy."

Sweeney notes that trips are easy to book online (even a couple days before is usually ok), and are great for both large and small groups. She's worked with everyone from family reunions, church groups, and bachelorette parties to couples or parents with one or two kids. All levels of river experience are welcome.


Tips | Info

  • Location Trips begin at Dotsero Landing, at exit 133 off I-70. The shorter option (two hours) takes out at the eastern mouth of Glenwood Canyon. A longer trip (three and a half hours) ends at Bair Ranch.
  • Bring River shoes, comfortable clothing, sunblock, a soft cooler with drinks and snacks, a small dry bag for your phone if desired.
  • Enjoy Swim, watch for wildlife (bald eagles, mule deer, river otters!), or beach up and explore the river bank.
  • Details Tubers aged 13+ start at $56. Kid and toddler discount prices vary. Life vests and paddles are provided.


Yup, every float trip ends with hot, fresh made-to-order pizza from a woodfire pizza oven on the back of the Turtle bus. If that's not the coolest thing you'll eat this summer, we're not sure what is.


Trips through mid-September

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