Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear/bring?

Bathing suit, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, umbrella for shade (especially if bringing small children), river shoes, snacks, rain jacket, change of clothes and plenty of water.

Will I get wet?

It’s up to you! We use towable tubes with high sides and bottoms which protect you from the chilly river water.  You are not submerged but some water will enter tube. Don’t be surprised if the hot summer sun tempts you to take a dip!

How many people fit in a tube?

Our tubes fit three adults comfortably, four ladies, and/or multiple youth.  We also have single tubes which we will attach depending on the size of the group.

What is the float like?

It is a mellow river float with several small groups of faster moving waves. If the weather cooperates, the float will take approximately two to three hours in July.  River levels are lower in August which causes trip to last 3 to 3.5 hours.  We reserve the right to end trip at mouth of Glenwood Canyon depending on inclement weather (high winds and/or thunder storms).

Is it safe for kids?

Yes! Turtle Tubing is safe for children two and up. Kids can sit inside the tube with their parents or they can be the captain of their own tubes with parents following behind. Note: Parents with small children should bring an umbrella for shade!

How do I steer my tube?

We provide paddles which are necessary to keep moving in the current and in order to reach the takeout point.  You will have to paddle more to get from the side of river back to current versus paddling a little to stay in current.

Is there a bar on the Turtle Bus?

Yes, we have a liquor license for our Turtle Bus fleet. We sell beer, shots, and mixed drinks. We ask that you save your drinks for the river float and purchase them from us when on the bus.

What kind of cooler should I bring?

Please bring SOFT coolers. We do not allow HARD coolers as they take up too much room and are too bulky.

How do I get back to my car after the float if I meet you in Dotsero?

We will provide shuttle transportation on our Turtle Bus back to your cars at the end of the float.

Do you provide shuttle transportation if I just want to float using my own tube?

We do not provide shuttle transportation unless you are paying to float with Turtle Tubing.

What if it rains?

When previewing the weather forecast do NOT gauge Vail, Colorado. We put in the river at Dotsero, CO which is 40 minutes from the Vail Valley and 2,000 feet lower in elevation. Please be sure to check the weather in Dotsero! All trips are a go unless it is raining at the river. Discounts due to weather will only be given AT the river. 

Do you provide life jackets?

Yes! We have youth and adult life jackets of all sizes.

What can I bring in my tube?

Sunscreen, SOFT coolers, ICE, snacks, NO GLASS and any other essentials you think you may need on the river. We recommend leaving your towels/change of clothes on land as they will most likely get wet in the tubes.

Is there a discount for kids?

Yes, 12 and under.

Will I see any wildlife?

Probably! Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, river otters, and deer.

Are there any recommended campsites nearby?

We recommend Deep Creek Campground at mile 1 off Coffee Pot Springs Rd or Coffee Pot Springs Campground off mile 16 also on Coffee Pot Springs Rd. Other options include Sweetwater Lake Campground  and Gore Creek Campground in East Vail.

Do you provide snacks or lunch?

We do not provide food but strongly recommend you bring snacks or a sack lunch. If you are organizing a large party, please contact us about how we can help organize catering.

Is alcohol allowed?

For adults 21 years and older, but NO GLASS!!!

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

(970) 471-0547

I70 at Exit 133, Dotsero Landing, Cotton Lane, Gypsum, CO