Rafting Bighorn Canyon on the Arkansas River in Colorado | Arkansas River Tours

Bighorn Sheep Canyon – Arkansas River White Water Rafting

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Family-friendly whitewater rafting through Colorado’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon! This is your launch point for a river adventure and outdoor fun. Here on the Arkansas River you can expect the best whitewater rafting experience Colorado has to offer. The rapids in Big Horn Sheep Canyon are a lot of fun, but not as wild as the Royal Gorge trips we do. These are fun enough to get the whole group wet, but they also have that calm section. Look for eagles and bighorn sheep as you relax and take in the scenery of the Arkansas River.


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Full Day – Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting

  • MINIMUM AGE: 8 years old.
  • COST: $107 Adult, $97 Youth (Under 12 yrs)
  • CHECK IN TIME: 8:15 am
  • LAUNCH TIME: 9 am Daily
  • MEETING LOCATION: Cotopaxi office

This trip launches beneath the dramatic Cotopaxi cliffs at our convenient riverside base. We begin the trip in easy water to give us time to form a competent paddle crew (or passengers in an oar boat.) Floating past spectacular geological formations and views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range we run exciting Class II-III rapids like Texas Creek, Maytag, and Devil’s Hole. After a delicious buffet lunch we plunge into more demanding and technical rapids: Prelude, 3 Rocks Falls, Spikebuck and Shark’s Tooth to name a few. This trip is suitable for first timers or experienced rafters. Sightings of bighorn sheep are very common in this section. The full day trip is the best value and most rewarding river experience with a trip time of 5 to 6 hours. Don’t miss out on the best rafting Colorado has to offer!

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1/2 Day – Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting

  • MINIMUM AGE: 8 years old.
  • COSTS: $64 Adult, $57 *Youth (Under 12 yrs)
  • CHECK IN TIMES: 8:45 am and 12:45 pm
  • LAUNCH TIMES: 9:30 am and 1:30 pm daily
  • MEETING LOCATION: Canon City or Cotopaxi offices – Your choice!

We launch our 1/2 day trip in the morning and in the afternoon for rafters on a tight schedule wanting a shorter river experience. This trip is 10 miles of the best whitewater in Bighorn Sheep Canyon starting with Prelude and 3 Rocks Falls within the first mile. Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting is the he perfect trip for families or individuals looking to experience whitewater rafting in Colorado for the first time. 2 to 3 hours on the water.

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“We recently took our family vacation in Colorado and I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful experience that our family had while rafting with your company. Our guide was Allison and she did a wonderful job and was especially nice to my 13 year old daughter who was really impressed by her”. D. Roth family, Milford NE


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Rafting Reviews We Love!

Rafting Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 5 reviews
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Amazing scenery, professional staff and really worth the $! We were completely informed on what to do in all situations before we got on the river so we wouldn’t get hurt in a high adventure environment. Our Guide of 37 years made sure we did everything right so we had a super adventure!

Full day excursion

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We were on a full day excursion with my husband, teenage son, myself and our Guide Mike D. Mike spend ample time going over techniques, commands and his sense of humor was awesome, made the trip a lot of fun! When the river got serious our Mike guided us through perfectly. I highly recommend the full day trip and Arkansas River Tours!!! SO MUCH FUN! Lynda, Dallas TX

We saw Bighorn Sheep!

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First time whitewater rafting and we had the best trip ever! Bighorn sheep sighting, beautiful weather and very entertaining with our guide Meg. We felt safe, relaxed and had a great experience, she even gave us extra clothing when we entered into the more demanding whitewater. We would recommend ART to anyone!

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