Beginner Rafting Trips

So you’ve never gone white water rafting? Maybe you’re looking for adventure, bonding with loved ones or colleagues, or just a way to see more of the quintessential Colorado wilderness. You’ve come to the right place! Your first time white water rafting is an exciting experience, and we’re here to help you every step of the way.

The rivers in Colorado offer some of the best stretches for beginner rafting trips. You’ll find picturesque canyons, invigorating cool water, and over 300 days of sun. Spend your nights exploring picturesque mountain towns like Cañon City, and your days floating down the crisp waters of the Arkansas River. If you’re ready to dive right in, we offer multi-day beginner rafting trips for a unique experience you will never forget.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon

The most popular experience we offer, Bighorn Sheep Canyon is the premier beginner rafting trip in Colorado. Ideal for families and first time rafters – with plenty of adventure and white water!

Our Beginner Rafting Trip Connects you with Nature​

Whether you live in Colorado or are visiting for the first time, you can never have too much time in the mountains. Pristine wilderness packed with endless adventure potential is what makes our state famous. And what better way to connect with nature than floating down a river?

White water rafting for beginners allows you to experience the power and glory of the river without the adrenaline-producing drops of more advanced rafting trips. We even offer ziplining, mountain biking, mountain train rides, and Royal Gorge bridge activities that will provide even more of a chance for you and your family to get out and experience the rugged terrain and unforgettable mountain views. On your trip you may even spot rainbow trout in the rippling waters or bighorn sheep balancing on the canyon walls to either side!

More Beginner Rafting Trips

Scenic Float Rafting Trip

Relax and enjoy a laid-back Scenic Float trip. Kids as young as 4 years of age will love the minor rapids and opportunities to swim in calm areas. Available as a half-day raft trip.
Trip Price: $119 per person

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Raft & Zipline Package

Take in the Colorado views by air and by raft! Join a two hour entry-level zipline tour near Colorado Springs along with a beginner rafting trip on Bighorn Sheep Canyon at Echo Canyon.
Package Price: $214 per person

Raft-n-Bridge Package

Two classic Colorado adventures in one fun and easy day!  Raft the beautiful Bighorn Sheep Canyon in the morning and follow it up with an afternoon at the Royal Gorge Bridge.
Package Price: $153 per adult  |   $148 per child

Raft-n-Rail® Package

Combine a half-day Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting trip with a train ride on the historic Royal Gorge Route. You’ll have time between activities to grab a bite at the 8 Mile Bar & Grill.
Package Price: starts at $215 per person

Form Deep Bonds on Your Beginner Rafting Trip

Rafting is a great bonding experience, whether you’re looking for team building or an adventure to connect with your loved ones. There is nothing like the camaraderie that comes from cruising down a majestic river together, particularly if this is your first time white water rafting. Soak up the sun while deepening your relationships through shared experiences and teamwork. White water rafting for beginners is especially good for bringing people together, because you’re all learning at the same time.

Imagine paddling down the river and coming up to a challenging rapid. Your guide is coaching everyone to work together to navigate the rapid. You paddle faster and follow your guide’s lead, getting a boost of adrenaline and pride as you shoot out the other side. Everyone is all smiles and cheers as you celebrate the success and joy that comes from working together!

Your safety is our priority

With water levels and weather conditions that vary throughout the season and even throughout the day, it’s crucial that you plan your beginner rafting trip with an outfitter that puts your safety as the top priority.

All of our guides are certified and experienced, and they go through extensive training for both rafting and First Aid. The passion and knowledge of our rafting guides is second to none. White water rafting for beginners shouldn’t be scary, and we’re here from start to finish to guide and encourage you.

The most important tip for white water rafting for beginners is to listen to your guide. Before you take off on your beginner rafting adventure, our guides will hold a safety briefing to best prepare you for situations that may arise on the river. You’ll then be fitted with a life vest and helmet we’ll be river-bound! Rest assured that safety is our number one priority (followed by fun)!

Bighorn Sheep Canyon family raft trip

Are You Ready for Your First Time White Water Rafting?

Now that you know the ins and outs of beginner rafting, it’s time to give us a call and let us help you plan a trip that you will talk about for years to come! With ½ day, full day, and multi-day trips all across Colorado, we will help you craft the ideal rafting trip. And our knowledge doesn’t stop there. We’ll also help you plan the best accommodations, outdoor adventures, and dining experiences that Colorado has to offer.  Your beginner rafting trip might just be the most fun you have all year!