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.
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.
A minimum of three teams is required with five to seven participants per team depending on water level. Maximum ten teams.
Salt Lick – The starting point for Battle of the Bighorn!
Five Points Rapid
Echo Canyon Beach
Arrive at Echo Canyon with your waivers completed in advance.
Guide draft, description of all race rules and event details.
Depart Echo Canyon for Salt Lick. Safety orientation will be provided during the ride.
Paddle instruction by your team’s guide followed by the Rock Toss challenge to determine starting positions. The race is on!
Optional post-race party at 8 Mile Bar & Grill located at Echo Canyon. Meals, drinks, catering additional to Battle of the Bighorn rate.
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.
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.
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.
Photo and video packages must be booked in advance in order for us to make necessary arrangements, and all files are delivered via digital download.
$74 per team photo package includes all digital photo files shot at one rapid.
$120 per team package includes all digital photo files and all GoPro video and still image files.