Frequently Asked Questions

  • Chevron down What should I wear/bring?
  • Bring a bathing suit, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, umbrella for shade (especially if you have small children), river shoes, snacks, rain jacket, a change of clothes, and plenty of water.

  • Chevron down 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 enters the tube. Don’t be surprised if the hot summer sun tempts you to take a dip!

  • Chevron down 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 can attach, depending on the size of the group.

  • Chevron down 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 takes approximately two to three hours in July. River levels are lower in August, which causes the Turtle Tubing trip to last three to three and a half hours.

    We reserve the right to end the trip at the mouth of Glenwood Canyon depending on inclement weather (high winds and/or thunder storms).

  • Chevron down 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!

  • Chevron down How do I steer my tube?
  • We provide paddles, which are necessary to keep moving in the current and to reach the takeout point. You have to paddle more to get from the side of the river back to the current, versus paddling a little to stay in the current.

  • Chevron down 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.

  • Chevron down 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.

  • Chevron down How do I get back to my car after the float if I meet you in Dotsero?
  • We provide shuttle transportation on our Turtle Bus back to your cars at the end of the float.

  • Chevron down 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.

  • Chevron down 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. 

  • Chevron down Do you provide life jackets?
  • Yes! We have youth and adult life jackets of all sizes.

  • Chevron down What can I bring in my tube?
  • Sunscreen, SOFT coolers, ICE, snacks, NO GLASS CONTAINERS, 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.

  • Chevron down Is there a discount for kids?
  • Yes, 12 and under.

  • Chevron down Will I see any wildlife?
  • Probably! Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, river otters, and deer.

  • Chevron down 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.

  • Chevron down 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.

  • Chevron down Is alcohol allowed?
  • For adults 21 years and older, but NO GLASS!!!

Turtle Tubing
Phone (970) 471-0547
Map Marker

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

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