A Rolling Adventure

river fox train

During a year of closures and business shutdowns, a new outdoor venture quietly launched in June 2020. The River Fox Train took advantage of people’s increased desire to get outdoors and launched an activity most in the area were not privy to: railbiking. Using pedal-powered machines, guests can roll along traffic-free railroad tracks, enjoying scenic views while also getting a light workout.

The River Fox Train is the first of its kind in the Sacramento region, offering railbiking—a one-hour trek along the Sacramento River and into Yolo County farmland that spans 10 miles—and train rides to guests. The two forms of travel cover the same terrain and scenery: large fields of flowers, corn, tomatoes and pumpkins, walnut orchards and vineyards along the river banks.

Anyone age 6 and up can try out railbiking as long as they are capable of stepping up into the vehicle. “It is not a hard physical workout. It is a leisurely ride,” says River Fox Train general manager Rob Petersen. And vehicles are well-spaced for safety, both COVID-19 related and otherwise.


“It is an experience to enjoy with family and friends or a special day with the one that you love,” says Petersen. The railbikes, after all, are made for two.

The railbike experience is offered year-round. The train runs year-round as well, with seasonally themed rides. This month, a Christmas-themed train ride finishes with an elf sing-along and time with Santa Claus. Riders are encouraged to dress in cozy pajamas.

To book a railbike or train experience, visit riverfoxtrain.com.