River and Rail Package – Rafting and Train Ride with the Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Combine Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting and a Scenic Royal Gorge Route train ride with a riverside BBQ lunch.

River and Rail Trips royal gorge route railroadIn partnership with the historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad, we are offering a combination of a scenic train ride through the Royal Gorge with a ½ day Bighorn Sheep Canyon whitewater rafting trip.

Fun for the whole family! Enjoy a 10 mile rafting trip through Bighorn Sheep Canyon with several exciting Class III+ rapids like 3 Rocks, Spikebuck and Shark’s Tooth in the morning. You may also choose our Cottonwood Family Float as part of this package. This is the perfect package for families with kids as young as 5 years old and weigh at least 35 pounds. When you return, we’ll serve you a hearty BBQ steak or chicken lunch at our private riverside picnic area. Watch for Bighorn sheep who are frequently on our Cotopaxi cliffs. You’ll have plenty of time to see the slide show of your rafting trip and eat a leisurely lunch before you head to the train depot in Canon City for the 3:30 departure of the Royal Gorge Route train for a spectacular 24 mile round trip train ride through the world famous Royal Gorge. This train ride follows the Arkansas River as it carves through a 1000 foot deep gorge.

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MEETING PLACE: You will meet at Arkansas River Tours in Cotopaxi, CO at 8:45 am to sign in and be outfitted with rafting gear for your 1/2 day whitewater rafting trip. If you choose the Cottonwood Family Float trip you will meet at 9:15 am.

After lunch at our riverside base, you will drive to the Santa Fe Depot in Canon City at 401 Water St. to pick up your tickets and board the train at 3:00 for a 3:30 departure.

COSTS:1/2 Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Package: $ 107.40 Adults, $ 86 Youth (8-12 years old)   Coach class – access to open-air cars.

Ask us about upgrading to the vintage glass-topped Vista Dome cars.

Cottonwood Family Float Package: $ 91 Adults, $ 70 Youth (5-12 years old).   Coach class – access to open-air cars.

Ask us about upgrading to the vintage glass-topped Vista Dome cars.

Royal Gorge Route Railroad



Combine a morning 1/2 Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon whitewater trip, 1/2 Day Royal Gorge whitewater trip or a 1/4 Cottonwood Family Float trip with discounted tickets to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.


  • The Cottonwood Family Float trip package meets in Cotopaxi at 9:15 am.
  • The Royal Gorge whitewater trip package meets in Canon City at 8:15 am.
  • The Bighorn Sheep Canyon whitewater trip package meets in Canon City or Cotopaxi at 8:45 am depending where you are coming from on the morning of your trip.  Your reservation confirmation will have the location you have chosen when you reserved your trip.


  • Cottonwood Family Float raft trip and Bridge – Adult $ TBD,  Youth (5-12) $ TBD
  • Bighorn Sheep Canyon raft trip and Bridge – Adult $ TBD,  Youth (8-12) $ TBD
  • Royal Gorge raft trip and Bridge – Adult $ TBD