Family Rafting Trips Colorado Springs, Colorado

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Trip

Quick trip facts:

*Minimum requirements and rapid classifications fluctuate with water levels. Please call for current conditions.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon Class III (IV):

Please book in advance


Call: (800) 723-8987


Full Day: 9:30 am
1/2 Day: 11:00 am & 2:30 pm

Spring and fall trip times may vary. Click book to check availability.


Full Day:
$99 / Child
$109 / Adult

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Half Day:
$57 / Child
$65 / Adult

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Family rafting trips

One hour from Colorado Springs

The best family whitewater rafting trip near Colorado Springs is in Canon City, Colorado The Bighorn Sheep Canyon whitewater rafting trip is a perfect mix of fun and education. This section of the Arkansas River is located just above the Royal Gorge and is perfect for families with children.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon was carved out by the rushing water of the Arkansas River. Whitewater rafting through Bighorn Sheep Canyon is the best way for your family to experience this unique Colorado geology. Bighorn Sheep Canyon gets it’s name from the large herd of bighorn sheep that live in this incredible area of Colorado.

The Royal Gorge Route scenic train runs next to the Arkansas River as you raft Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This adds excitement as the Royal Gorge Train echoes in the distance. Smile at the travelers that ride the Royal Gorge Route Train through the Royal Gorge and Bighorn Sheep Canyon.

Once you finish whitewater rafting on your Colorado family adventure, River Runners will pick you up and transport your family or group a few miles back to the River Runners Royal Gorge Rafting Center. Here you can watch your whitewater rafting photos from your Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting trip.

All River Runners whitewater rafting guests will receive discount tickets to the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

Whitewater rafting with children near Colorado Springs, Colorado
Whitewater rafting with children near Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rafting with children near Colorado Springs

Almost anyone can go whitewater rafting in Bighorn Sheep Canyon on the Arkansas River above Canon City. This Class III whitewater rafting trip is the perfect first time rafting adventure. You will enjoy cooling off from the hot summer sun and learning about Colorado’s rich history, unique geology, and incredible wildlife while whitewater river rafting in Canon City.

The most popular family whitewater rafting trip near Colorado Springs, Colorado

The River Runners Bighorn Sheep Canyon whitewater rafting trip is a great mix of education and family-friendly class III whitewater. This section of the Arkansas River is incredibly scenic, splashy, and fun. You will paddle through a Colorado State Park where there are many opportunities to see bighorn sheep, mule deer, elk, birds of prey, and water fowl.

Learn about Colorado’s rich history, unique geology and of course how to paddle a whitewater raft. Enjoy more than 10 miles of whitewater rafting and 10 plus named rapids.

First time whitewater rafting?

If it is your first time whitewater rafting in Colorado and/or you are rafting with children, this is the whitewater rafting trip for your group. Bighorn Sheep Canyon is the perfect place to learn how to whitewater raft in Colorado. A River Runners whitewater professional will provide you with all the proper whitewater rafting equipment and teach you how to paddle. Most people choose to paddle, but if you would prefer, a whitewater professional can row you down the river while you sit back and watch the beautiful Colorado scenery.

Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a unique family whitewater rafting trip in Canon City

  • The Arkansas River is the most popular whitewater rafting river in the world
  • River Runners whitewater rafting trips float through a Colorado State Park
  • More than 200,000 people raft the Arkansas River in Colorado each summer
  • Rafting in Canon City is fun and educational
  • River Runners whitewater rafting company has been whitewater rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado since 1972