Sweetwater River Resort

The River Vacation of a Lifetime!

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Sweetwater River Resort is located on the Arkansas river, 30 minutes from Canon City and 30 minutes from Salida where Hwy 50 follows the river through Bighorn Canyon.
Skiers, we are only 40 miles to Monarch Ski Resort.

You’ll enter a different world–a sanctuary away from the fast pace and pressures of ordinary life.

Sweetwater River Resort is a nature-lover’s, outdoor enthusiast’s, fly fishing fanatic’s dream nestled on the banks of the beautiful juniper-lined Arkansas River. You’ll find uncrowded sites to unwind with plenty of river to explore outside the confines of city life. At night you’ll find the clearest skies around, perfect for stargazing.

  • You can be alone ~ Or meet new people.
  • You can do nothing ~ Or everything.
  • It’s your vacation ~ You design it.


  • Our lodgings run the gamut from budget-friendly cabins to glamping tents and a side of “RV”.
  • Call Sweetwater home in one of our Rustic Cabins, Pioneer Cabins, Deluxe Cabins, or Glamping Tent.
  • We also have a big house perched above the Arkansas River for large families or friend groups. All spots are just a hop-skip-and-jump to the Arkansas River.

Would you rather rough it?

  • Set up a tent right next to the river
  • Drift to sleep to the sounds of rushing water
  • Wake to the sound of birds singing
  • Fish for your breakfast
  • Hike the mysterious Temple Canyon and search for the hidden Temple
  • Enjoy the wildlife everywhere.

Maybe you’re an urban cowboy…

  • Enjoy the amenities of a motel room or your own RV
  • Mountain bike, ATV or go 4-wheeling on nearby trails and roads
  • Rock climb
  • Enjoy the restaurants, shops and art galleries in nearby towns.
  • Spend a day at the Royal Gorge
  • Attend art and music festivals in the summer

Our amenities

Perhaps you’re looking for a romantic hide-away. Try one of our Deluxe Cabins.

  • Cozy. Intimate
  • Sleep until noon…or later!
  • No interruptions
  • Your own world
  • Meals in your cabin
  • Romantic strolls along the riverbank
  • Memories for a lifetime

At Sweetwater River Resort, you can do it all!

As our guest, you can:

  • Fish on our private 1/2 mile of river frontage on the Arkansas River
  • Go whitewater rafting or kayaking
  • Soak in a nearby hot springs
  • Hike or mountain bike through the mountains
  • Pan for gold
  • Stargaze at night
  • Keep a look out for eagles and osprey or any of our myriad species of birds
  • Watch for Big Horn sheep or pronghorn, or even elk
  • Experience the splendor of Colorado aspen in autumn
  • Explore a ghost town
  • Or simply sit by the water, relax and drink it all in.

So close to everything:

  • Right down the road from 45 miles of 4×4 and ATV trails at Texas Creek
  • 10 min. to Arkansas Headwaters Hiking Area
  • 10 min. or less to Vallie Bridge Loma Linda, Lone Pine
  • 20 min. to Hayden Creek
  • 30 min. Royal Gorge
  • 30 min. to The Bluff Trail Hiking in Westcliffe

Sweetwater River Resort is the perfect place to stay for river rafting trips throughout the season.