River and Rail Package – Cottonwood Family Float

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Arkansas River

Full Day

Beginner Class II-III

In partnership with the historic Royal Gorge Route Railroad, we are offering a combination of a scenic Royal Gorge train ride with a ¼ Day Cottonwood Family Float trip.
The day starts out with a 5 mile trip with easy Class II-III rapids through the Cottonwood Canyon just upstream from our Cotopaxi base. This is the perfect introductory trip for families with little kids or timid beginners. This section of the river is very scenic with views of the Sangre de Cristo range and you will encounter just a few rapids to add a little excitement to this relaxing trip. 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. Our guests usually have a little extra time before the train ride and will walk main street to check out the local shops. Then you are off for the Royal Gorge 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 and usually lasts 2-2.5 hours. The train ride will end back where it started, dropping you back off at your car.

Minimum Age

4 to 5 and Must be 35lbs

Meeting Location


Arrival Time

9:15 AM

Launch Time

10:00 AM

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Trip Reviews

Bridge and Bighorn!

5 5 1
Whitewater rafting and the bridge park were the highlight of our family vacation. I would recommend this trip to all families visiting the area. It's the best value for your money.

ATV Tour Bachelor Party

5 5 1
Last week, our group of guys from Denver rafted the royal gorge and went on the atv tour for a bachelor party. It was exactly what we were looking for!

The Cottonwood Family Float and Ziplining Tour was so much fun!

5 5 1
Our kids really enjoyed the family float and zipline tours. We felt safe with your fun and professional staff!

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