Battle of the Bighorn

Written by Jenny Schell, 11.15.2014

Challenge at the Bighorn Sheep Canyon

This timed challenge is best described as an obstacle course that meets the river. You will battle alongside your teammates to be the first raft through Bighorn Sheep Canyon (Class II-III) while completing a series of challenges along the way. However, the first team to reach the finish line may not be the winner as time penalties and credits will determine first place! Each team is staffed by an Echo Canyon river guide, so no experience is needed to enter the fray.

Groups have the option to add on additional components to this event including a prize package, a post-race party back at our 8 Mile Bar and Grill, and a custom photo and video package. Download the full Battle of the Bighorn event description.

Who Should Consider This Trip?

Battle of the Bighorn has been designed specifically for groups. This is the perfect afternoon activity for corporate team building groups, wedding parties, family reunions, sports teams, and other groups and clubs.

What Are the Details of the Race?

Guide Draft

Salt Lick – The starting point for Battle of the Bighorn!

Five Points Rapid


Harvey’s Beach

Double Dip Rapid

Old Parkdale

Harvey’s Bridge

Echo Canyon Beach

When is this trip offered?

Echo Canyon is able to offer this experience from May through September depending on water levels. We are only able to offer this experience in the afternoon, typically departing our office at around 2:30. This enables other commercial river traffic which typically launches well before 2:30 to be downstream so we have more of the river for your Battle of the Bighorn trip.

Cost of Battle of the Bighorn

There is a base price of $600 to launch your private Battle of the Bighorn. In addition to the base price, the cost is $79 per person. We require a minimum of three teams which may have from five to seven participants per team depending on water level. The maximum for this event is ten teams. Time of year will dictate the need for wetsuits which are available at an additional cost. Prize package, post race catered party, and photo / video packages incur additional cost listed below.

What does Echo provide for this cost?

Battle of the Bighorn will always include private transportation to and from our Echo Canyon river office. Each team has an experienced raft guide and will receive a safety orientation and paddle instruction. Personal flotation devices (a.k.a. life jackets) and helmets are included. Three Echo Canyon judging teams will be utilized so each challenge station will be managed for fairness and safety. Our private riverside landing will be used exclusively for your group and our other standard trips will be detoured to a public access point downstream.  Members of the Echo Canyon management team will also be on site overseeing the event.

What can be added to make this even more fun?

Prize Package: Pricing is based on teams of up to 6 at a rate of $550.

Everyone loves a winner! Be sure to add our Battle of the Bighorn prize package to be given away at the awards ceremony following your experience. Each six person team receives the prize listed below.

Post-Race Party: The fun of this event does not have to end once we get off the river! Echo Canyon can offer a post race catered party back at our 8 Mile Bar & Grill located on site at Echo Canyon. Reveling in your victory and your friends defeat should be enjoyed and we know how to make that happen! Our full restaurant and bar is able to cater your after party and several meal options are available. Ask our group coordinator cost information about our catered meals. We are able to offer a private event; we ask that you contact us for pricing and availability as the 8 Mile is open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Photograph / Video Packages: Photo and video packages must be booked in advance in order for us to make necessary arrangements.

$65 per team photo package includes all digital photo files shot at one rapid.

$115 per team package includes all digital photo files and all GoPro video and still image files on a custom USB.

The obligatory fine print

Be advised, this trip is as physically strenuous as you make it.  A very competitive and driven team will be working aggressively for extended periods of time.  Due to the physical nature of this activity we encourage participants to be at least 18 years of age to participate, however, participants between the ages 14 and 17 are allowed to participate if a parent is present and on the minor’s team. Remember, this event is meant to be fun and even though competitive we ask that all participants keep this in mind. Our standard group cancellation policy applies to this experience, however, custom t-shirts and custom prize packages are not refundable once initial payment has been received.

Battle of the Bighorn schedule

1:30 // Arrive at Echo Canyon with your waivers completed in advance. One waiver per person must be completed including the participant’s name, full mailing address, phone number, email and most  importantly any medical conditions or physical limitations.

1:45 // Guide draft, description of all race rules and event details.

2:30 // Depart Echo Canyon for Salt Lick. Safety orientation will be provided during the ride.

3:00 // Paddle instruction by your team’s guide followed by the Rock Toss challenge to determine starting positions. The race is on!

5:00 // Optional post-race party and awards at 8 Mile Bar & Grill located at Echo Canyon.


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