River and Rail Package – Big Horn Sheep Canyon

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Arkansas River

Full Day

Intermediate Class III-IV

In partnership with the historic Royal Gorge Railroad, we are offering a combination of a scenic train ride through the Royal Gorge with a 1/2 Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon whitewater rafting trip.
The day starts out with a 10-mile rafting trip through the Class III rapids of Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This is the perfect trip for families, beginners or experienced rafters alike that are looking for an exciting whitewater trip. You will navigate several Class III rapids and have opportunities for swimming and viewing wildlife. When you return from your raft trip, we’ll serve you a hearty BBQ steak, chicken, or vegetarian lunch at our private riverside picnic area. Watch for Bighorn sheep that 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. People usually have a little extra time before the train ride and will walk main street and check out the local shops. Then you are off to the Royal Gorge railroad 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 1,000-foot deep gorge and usually lasts 2-2.5 hours. The train ride will end back where it started, dropping you back off at your car. For a full day of family-friendly fun, book online now!

Minimum Age

8 Years and Older

Meeting Location

Cotopaxi Office

Arrival Time

8:45 AM

Launch Time

9:30 AM

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Trip Reviews

It was a wonderful experience.

bighorn river rail
★★★★★
Amazing tour! My guide Heather was very nice and clear about her directions and warnings. We all talked and spotted big horn sheep at calm spots. It was a wonderful experience.
- Micah Carney

This business creates an exceptional rafting experience for all.

bighorn river rail
★★★★★
This business creates an exceptional rafting experience for all. The registration/check-in process is extremely efficient and automated. The staff is very accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable. The rafts, helmets and life preservers were all in excellent condition. The guide provided both a fun and safe environment for the rafting trip. I highly recommend this business if you’re planning to go rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado.
- Maggie Smith

The class II-III rapids were absolutely perfect for our family with 2 young boys!

bighorn river rail
★★★★★
The Arkansas River Tour company was recommended to us by our concierge. Each employee that I spoke with leading up to our day trip was very personable and helpful. We drove down from Colorado Springs to Cotopaxi (took about 1.5 hours) where we signed in and got our gear. We chose to do the Bighorn Sheep Canyon half day rafting trip w/ the Railway Adventure. The class II-III rapids were absolutely perfect for our family with 2 young boys ages 9 and 11. Our guide, Mike Dunn was great! He was obviously an expert at what he does. He walked us through the safety presentation and alleviated any concerns or worries. My little guy was pretty nervous so he sat in the back by Mike and was smiling and laughing all the way through. Mike knew the river like the back of his hand and gave us a great overview of the area and the river along the way. At the end of our rafting trip we bussed back to the office where Mike grilled a great picnic lunch for us before we drove to the Railway Depot in downtown Canon City.
- Tarah Murray

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