Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Trip

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.

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.

Trip Details


Family Class Whitewater: Appropriate for kids ages 6 and up at most water flows. Class II and III rapids.

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Available For
  • Half-Day
  • Full-Day

This rafting trip is recommended for people 6 years of age and older. At higher water flows (usually in June) we may increase the minimum recommended age.

6+ Years (Suggested)
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Just the right amount of adventure

Great for beginner rafters

What is Rafting Bighorn Sheep Canyon Like?

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.

When rafting Bighorn Sheep Canyon, you’re likely to spot a variety of wildlife along this trip as you float past crowds of Willows and Cottonwood trees. You might catch birds like Golden Eagles and Peregrine Falcons flying above, while a variety of trout swim below.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Trip Details

  • Minimum age 6+ years
  • Great for beginners and families
  • Class I, II and III rapids
  • Class IV rapids at higher water flows
  • Half-day trip lasts a total of 3 hours, with 2 hours on the river
  • Full-day trip lasts a total of 6 hours, with 4+ hours on the river
  • Full-day trip includes a gourmet style boxed lunch –  A vegetarian option is available as well
  • Departs near Cañon City

What else you'll find when rafting Bighorn Sheep Canyon

You and your family can choose from either a half-day or full-day rafting trip. 

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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Pricing Options

Rafting Trip TypeAdult PricesChild Prices (12 and Under)
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-day$87$87
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Full-day$153$153
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