Cotopaxi, Co., toward the end of the 19th Century, became a whistle-stop on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Named for the Ecuadorian volcano (the highest active volcano in the world), this Colorado town's unique history is the subject of a 1950's master's thesis and novel by area author Nancy Oswald.
Today, this Arkansas River town is known for world-class whitewater rafting. Located between Canon City and Salida, Cotopaxi is home to rafting outfitters and a campground. Local rafting tours, lasting anywhere from a few hours to six days, leave from here and tumble along the state's most popular whitewater river, facing rapids ranging from the calm, family-style waters outside Canon City to adrenaline-pumping swells and steep drops near the Royal Gorge.
Just south of town, the San Isabel National Forest tempts visitors with hiking trails and serene campsites.
Region: Colorado South Central Regional Information
Proximity to other towns: Located 66.8 miles from Colorado Springs, 22.9 miles from Salida, 26.2 miles from Westcliffe, 27.1 miles from Silver Cliffe, 28.1 miles from Poncha Springs, 29.5 miles from Lake George, 30.5 miles from Canon City
Elevation: 6364 feet
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