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

If you’re looking for an adventure fit for the whole family, look no further than a Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting trip. With rapids exciting enough to give adults a thrill yet not too adventurous for kids, this trip offers the best rafting experience for families.

Just a short drive from Colorado Springs, you’ll find beautiful canyon walls and water so clear you can see the rocks beneath your paddle. All of our guides are incredible with kids, giving you the opportunity to truly relax and enjoy your nature adventure. As you float down the Arkansas River keep an eye on the cliffs – you may be lucky enough to spot one of the bighorns for which this trip was named! Rafting Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a great way to enjoy the best that sunny Colorado has to offer with your whole family.

This rafting trip is the most popular choice for beginner and intermediate rafters. Here you’ll find a number of class III rapids – a class of rapids best described as family-friendly. At high water flows you’ll sometimes experience class IV rapids. You’ll find yourself splashing and laughing as you bounce from one rapid to the next, enjoying many peaceful stretches where you can take in the majesty of the river canyon.

What else you’ll find when rafting Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Our full-day trip is great for those new to rafting who are looking to ease into the excitement. The first rapid you’ll encounter on the full-day trip will is aptly named “Warm Up,” but later rapids with names like “Sharks Tooth” and “Double Dip” will take you for a spin! Many of the most exciting rapids can be found in both trips, so you know you’ll have lots of fun no matter which rafting trip you choose!

Looking to add even more fun to your vacation? Our Bighorn Sheep Canyon white water rafting trips are located close to lots of outdoor entertainment.  We offer packages with extra activities like ziplining, which lets you soar over the treetops at top speed. Or, if you’re looking to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery, pair your rafting adventure with a Royal Gorge Train ride.

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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!


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

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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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