What to Expect

We provide:

  • Towable tubes – these are NOT small, flimsy tire tubes. Our tubes are large, secure, and made of heavy PVC. Additionally, the tubes have covered bottoms and can safely hold 3 adults, 4 ladies or multiple youth.
  • Life vests and paddles for adults and kids.
  • A ride back to your car on the Turtle Bus.
  • An enthusiastic river chaperone.

Keep in mind:

  • Turtle Tubing is safe and fun for FAMILIES with children ages two and up. Adults can relax and kids are able to create their own adventure and become captains of their ships (aka tubes)! Because multiple kids can fit in each tube, and the section of the river is so calm, older children can be in their own tube with parents close by.
  • We operate seven days a week.
  • Turtle Tubing’s daily float season typically begins late June and ends on the second Sunday in September.
  • Colorado weather can be extremely unpredictable so keep that in mind if you’re choosing an afternoon start time Colorado storms can produce strong head winds on the river which can add unwanted hours to the trip.
  • We recommend starting at 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. because that time of day usually means nice, calm weather and a float that is approximately two to three hours.
  • If you decide to start at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 or 3:30 p.m. you will most likely experience rain and wind which means the float could take four hours depending on the storm. Please bring a rain jacket just in case.
  • If you choose to start at 2:30 or 3:30 p.m. the weather becomes even more unpredictable and you’ll definitely want to be prepared with a rain jacket.
  • The entire float is four miles from exit 133 to exit 129.

River Policies:

We want you to have the most memorable and enjoyable experience on the river! That being said, we also want you to be SAFE. In order to do this we ask that you abide by the following river policies:

  • NO hard alcohol (canned cocktails are okay)
  • NO hard coolers or styrofoam coolers please
  • NO drinking your own alcohol on the Turtle Bus. We have a liquor license on the bus and a variety of drinks available for purchase.
  • NO tying tubes together using rope! This damages the tubes and makes the river take-out process significantly longer.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the float!

If you ride Turtle Bus round trip:

  • Expect an all-day party like none other!
  • Meet us at one of our four pick-up locations throughout the Vail Valley (Vail Transit Center, Loaded Joes in Avon, Woody’s in Edwards, or Burger King in Eagle).
  • We will then drive 40 minutes West on I-70 to Dotsero Exit 133.
  • Private group buyout is available for a 30-person group max on the Turtle Bus or for a 12-person group max on the Tiny Turtle. Door to door service and choose your start time.
  • “Go with the Flow” Shared Bus Rate: ride and float with multiple people/groups.  Estimated drop off is 3:30pm.  4pm in August.
  • Keep the festivities alive while dancing and living it up all the way back to the Valley!

If you meet us at the river:

  • Heading West on I-70 exit 133 Dotsero, turn right at end of ramp and a right on Cotton Lane. You will see a gravel lot on the left-hand side. Pull in and park anywhere. Walk down the gravel lot, you will get to the river.
  • Meet one of our friendly staff members at the river with your SOFT coolers, snacks, water and sunscreen. NO GLASS.  We recommend wearing a hat and bringing a rain jacket as well!
  • ALL ABOARD the Turtle Bus! We will transport you back to your car after your float.

Cancellation Policy 

  • Groups of 9 or less will have to confirm and guarantee head count 24 hours prior.
  • Groups of 10 or more will have to confirm and guarantee head count 48 hours prior.
  • Groups of 10 or more will be responsible for 20% of agreed number 7 days prior.
  • No-call/no-show will be charged per person full price.

Weather Policy

  • Turtle float trips will be on as scheduled unless rain or lightning is present at river put-in.
  • Please check Gypsum, CO forecast for the best accuracy.
  • Do not gauge off Vail, CO forecast. Our section of the river is 1,800 feet lower in elevation and 40 miles West.
  • We will float until the first week of September depending on weather.

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