copper-mtnAs we drove up I-70 from Denver into the mountains, I knew we would never make our planned 11:00am tubing time. Luckily we didn’t have a booked tubing time because it was about 9:45am and we had been sitting in what was essentially a parking lot. We had been warned about the horrible traffic on I-70 during ski season but when people called it a parking lot, I thought that it was an exaggeration.

We finally made it to Copper Mountain and arrived at the tubing run only to find out that the 11am, 12pm, and 1pm times had all been sold out. We were hoping to do some other things around the resort so we went ahead and booked a 6pm tubing time. Tubing at night was not in the original plan but I am so glad that is when we had to go.

The tubing run is lit up just enough so that you can see what is going on but you get kind of an eerie feeling as you get ready to go down the run. When you arrive, you will be checked in. Grab a tube, hop on the surface lift and ride it up to the top. You will choose one of four tubing runs, each with a varying speed. Someone will help push you down the run when it is your turn. You can ask for a little spin (or a lot) if you are more adventurous.


Children must be 36 inches to participate in the tubing. Tubing rates range from $20-$30 depending on the time of the season and if you purchase your tickets in advance.

Be sure to wear your ski gear when you go tubing. You will want your snow pants and ski jacket as well as a good pair of boots and warm socks. You might want to bring your goggles as well. The snow will kick up as you race down the hill.

My six year old daughter thinks that a trip to the Copper Mountain Tubing Hill should definitely be on your list of things to do when you are in the Rockies.


*Thank you to Copper Mountain for hosting our stay. All opinions are mine.