Full Day – Bighorn Sheep Canyon Colorado

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Arkansas River

Full Day

Beginner / Intermediate

The Bighorn Sheep Canyon in Colorado is surely the trip for you! This trip launches beneath the dramatic Cotopaxi cliffs at our convenient riverside location. We begin the trip in easy water to give us time to work on paddling and take in the scenery. This trip boasts spectacular views of geological formations and the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Halfway through the day, enjoy a delicious riverside lunch with your guide. Bighorn Sheep Canyon in Colorado provides class II - III whitewater rafting and is suitable for first timers or experienced rafters alike. 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 duration of 5 to 6 hours. Don't miss out on a full day of fun in Bighorn Sheep Canyon Colorado!

Minimum Age

7 to 8 Depending on Time of Year

Meeting Location

Cotopaxi

Arrival Time

8:15 AM

Launch Time

9:00 AM

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Trip Reviews

It was really easy!

★★★★★
I had the opportunity to go to the Arkansas River Tours during my high school's Music Trip and 57 of us participated in the family fun rapids. At first I was a intimidated but, after we were told our various instructions over and over, it was really easy. I encourage others to try out Arkansas River Tours if they want a family fun experience, want to try something different or, just want see the beauty of Colorado by riding along on the Arkansas River. Thanks to all the employees at Arkansas River Tours for an amazing experience, especially Austin for being our tour guide!
- Catherine Noonan

This independent company has years of experience on this river.

★★★★★
I very highly recommend Arkansas River Tours as your choice for rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Our tour was a full day through the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. It left out it Cotopaxi and traveled 23 miles. The rapids varied from Class 1 to 3, primarily an intermediate family trip but with enough adventurous rapids to keep everyone busy. Our guide was Ethan and we highly recommend him! He was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide and patient instructor. Lunch was provided and consisted of an abundance of fresh ingredients for sandwiches and dessert. The MOST IMPORTANT reason I recommend Arkansas River Tours is because this independent company has years of experience on this river. Our trip avoided the “raft caravans” that we witnessed on our return trip to base. We had an individual experience which you cannot possibly have if you are waiting in line behind other rafts running each rapid. Please consider ART and ask for Ethan if you can! You will be pleased.
- Fameson Folden

Definitely recommended, we would go back.

★★★★★
My husband and I did the Bighorn Sheep Canyon full day trip with our (amazing) guide Austin. Also in our boat was a dad and his 12 year old daughter. None of us had ever rafted before and this was our first time. From start to finish we felt like we were in confident and competent hands - Austin explained everything in detail from how to use the paddle for the different strokes, to how to rescue someone if they fell in (no one did), and what to expect on the upcoming rapids. Interspersed he shared information about the canyon and Colorado, shared stories about other rafting adventures, and had us all laughing at his rye humor. We chose this particular tour as two relatively athletic, competent adults who didn't want to be bored but didn't have experience-this tour delivered perfectly. Definitely recommended, we would go back.
- Kathy Brown

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