Bighorn sheep canyon rafting trip

Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Whitewater for the whole family

Just the right amount of adventure

Family-friendly (ages 6+) whitewater rafting with Class I-III rapids in most flows. Class IV rapids at highest flows.

Soak in the sights and sounds

Rapids balanced with peaceful floating let you immerse yourself in nature.

Wildlife sightings

Bighorn sheep, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, and more call this place home.

Welcome to the splash zone

Our friendly guides know how to get the whole family soaked and smiling.

What to expect

The full story

Paddle, splash, laugh, relax, repeat.

We’re not exaggerating when we say this trip has a little bit of everything. Family-friendly white water rapids that bring big splashes and bigger smiles. Calm waters where you can kick-back and take in that world-famous Colorado scenery. Wildlife that loves to play hide-and-seek, waiting to see if you spot them in the skies and on the cliffs. If it sounds like something out of a postcard, that’s because it is. 

Come see why the Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip is THE best rafting trip for families.

Not too mild, not too wild.

People, and bighorn sheep, flock to this place for a reason. The Arkansas River loves to show off in Bighorn Sheep Canyon. It’s a playful, fun, ever-changing section of water that’s the perfect place to get your feet wet. Class III rapids are enough to get the adrenaline flowing without being too much, or too scary for kids (or adults). 

Creating an amazing rafting experience is our job – literally. 

We live for fun on the river and we know every twist and turn of the Arkansas River better than the tan lines on our arms. We’re pretty darn friendly, and some would say pretty darn funny. Our guides get to know you and your family so we can craft a trip that’s just right for you. Want to get extra-wet? You got it. Mom doesn’t like spinning in circles? We’ll only do a few, we promise.

Remote and connected at the same time.

It looks and feels like the middle of nowhere, and that’s the point. In reality we’re just a short drive from Colorado Springs, and minutes from Cañon City. Here, it’s easy to get off the grid and plug into nature’s call, then hop on Facetime to share your adventures when you’re done. And your journey doesn’t have to end when you climb out of the raft. Hang around a while and zipline, ride an ATV, or take a ride on the Royal Gorge Railway. Then take in a sunset and starlit sky from one of our luxury cabins or glamping tents.

  • Half Day $87

    Adults and children. 3 hour trip.

Insider info

Booking Tips from the Experts

Make the most of your trip by following a few simple guidelines:

Ride the waves

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rapids

The Arkansas River runs through the Bighorn Sheep Canyon in Colorado. At its most tame, the canyon provides class II-III whitewater rafting that is perfect for beginners and family trips. Calm, peaceful stretches of the river are broken up by rapids like Wake Up, Three Rocks, Spikebuck, and Sharks Tooth. When the river is running higher and faster, most rafting trips are moved further up river as many of these rapids, Three Rocks in particular, become more challenging class IV-V rapids. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and other local wildlife as you cruise down this scenic river with towering canyon walls and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range in the background.

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Family and First Time Rafting Add-Ons & Packages

Add to your family’s adventure with any of these options!

Raft-n-Rail®

For a day full of fun for the whole family, combine a river rafting trip with a Royal Gorge train ride. After your morning white water adventure, we’ll shuttle you back to Echo Canyon and the 8 Mile Bar & Grill, where you can relax and energize with some world-class food as you prepare for an afternoon Royal Gorge Train ride.

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Adventures Out West Zipline Tour on Echo Canyon's zip line and rafting package trip

Adventures Out West Zipline Tour

For the best Colorado zip line experience, you can depend on Echo Canyon River Expeditions. We partner with what we think is the best ziplining experience in Colorado, where you’ll find yourself zipping through some of the most beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery.

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Overnight Experience

Overnight Experience

Your 24 hour trip includes an afternoon half day raft trip on day one, a freshly prepared evening meal, camping at our private river-side landing, followed by a hot breakfast and another half day trip on day two. Your guide will be with you every paddle stroke and every step of the way on this Echo Canyon exclusive trip.

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