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Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting

Cañon City, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Paddle down the scenic Arkansas River on a half-day rafting adventure through Colorado’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Navigate class II and II whitewater rapids with an expert guide, and soak up the beauty of the surrounding high desert landscape, home to an abundance of native wildlife. It’s a great way for families and first-timers to experience one of Colorado’s favorite—and wettest!—outdoor adventure sports.
  • Rafting trip down Bighorn Sheep Canyon
  • Navigate thrilling class II and II whitewater rapids
  • Stop to swim in calm river pools
  • Be surrounded by the beauty of southern Colorado's high desert landscape
  • Look for wild bighorn sheep and other native wildlife
  • Great adventure for beginning rafters and families with children
  • No experience necessary
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Professional guide
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
1420 Royal Gorge Blvd, Cañon City, CO 81212, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
A popular spot for beginner and intermediate rafters, Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a relatively gentle stretch of the Arkansas River that winds through southern Colorado’s high desert landscape. Meet your friendly river guide at the Cañon City outpost, just southwest of Colorado Springs. Prepare for the ride by donning a life vest and helmet, and get an introduction to rafting essentials like safety and paddling techniques before transport to the launch site.

Set off on the currents and navigate through exciting Class II and II whitewater rapids like Five Points, Double Dip, and Spike Buck. Your guide helps with technique and ensure everyone's safety throughout the journey. On quieter stretches, enjoy the pristine desert scenery and look out for herds of wild bighorn sheep, the official state animal of Colorado.

Take advantage of the opportunity to swimming splash income river pools during breaks from the rapids. After reaching the end of the 10-mile stretch, you are transported back to the outpost, where you can purchase souvenir photos to memorialize your journey.

Come prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses, and quick-drying clothes, as you're sure to get wet! No rafting experience is required, and children age six and over are welcome.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is six years old
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Lost Paddle Rafting

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Bighorn Sheep Canyon Half-Day Rafting?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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Perfect trip
, Sep 2020
We had a great time !! Everything was handled perfect and the staff was extra nice . The guide took his time and made the trip fun , didn't feel rushed . Can't wait to go back in the spring .
Great experience!
, Aug 2020
Johnny was an interesting and knowledgeable guide and our group of 3 children (ages 10, 14 and 17) and one adult had a fantastic time!

Product code: 8558P3

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