Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Family & Group Rafting on Colorado’s Arkansas River

Family Rafting at it’s best!

Bighorn Sheep Canyon is the best whitewater rafting in Colorado for families and groups. The Canyon has a high desert feel to it with lots of wildlife to see along the way. This section of the Arkansas River is scattered with fun rapids and plenty of time to sit back, relax, and enjoy God’s Creation. Grab your family and friends and join us on your next Colorado Rafting Adventure.

Find Your Perfect Trip

Our Full-Day and Half-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trips are perfect for beginner to intermediate rafters as young as 6 years old, with our Family Float trip for those as young as 3. All of our full-day trips include a delicious riverside lunch and free wetsuit rentals. Each trip includes the incredible opportunities to experience Journey Quest’s Christ-centered ministry directed by your guide.

Half-Day Bighorn

The Half-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip is our most popular rafting adventure! You will experience excellent Colorado Rafting as you hit the most exciting and iconic rapids in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon. This is the perfect Arkansas River trip for beginner to intermediate rafters. You’ll love the scenery, the experience, and the intentional ministry led by our guides on your next Colorado whitewater rafting adventure. Learn More…
Ages:
6 - Adult
Skill Level:
Beginner - Intermediate
Duration:
2 - 3 Hours
Departs From:
Texas Creek or Royal Gorge Office
Cost:
Adult: $50 / Child: $40

Full-Day Bighorn

The Full-Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip is a perfect way to have fun with family and friends. On this purposeful rafting adventure, you will see incredible scenery, experience wonderful whitewater rafting, and create memories that will last a lifetime. With a full-day on the river, there’s plenty of time to take a plunge into the Arkansas River, play games, view wildlife, and enjoy everything else Bighorn Sheep Canyon has to offer. Join us on your next full day of Colorado Rafting fun! Learn More…
Ages:
6 - Adult
Skill Level:
Beginner - Intermediate
Duration:
6 - 7 Hours
Departs From:
Texas Creek or Royal Gorge Office
Cost:
Adult: $90 / Child: $80

Bighorn Family Float

The Bighorn Family Float is the perfect introductory whitewater rafting trip for families with young children! This stretch covers a milder stretch of Bighorn Sheep Canyon, giving your kids a thrill for Colorado Rafting. There are several fun class II-II+ rapids on this stretch and the opportunity to stop and swim in the Arkansas River. You and your family will love this trip! Learn More…
Ages:
3 - Adult
Skill Level:
Beginner
Duration:
2 - 3 Hours
Departs From:
Texas Creek or Royal Gorge Office
Cost:
Adult: $50 / Child: $40

Rafting with a Purpose

As a Christ-centered Wilderness Ministry, Journey Quest strives to have a greater purpose behind all of our trips than just having fun. Our Bighorn Sheep Canyon trips are perfect for your family, friends, or youth group who are looking to grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Our guides seek opportunities to use even a couple hours together on the river to share about the love and grace that is found in Jesus Christ. Whether you’re already a Christ-follower or if you’ve never come to know Him, we would love to share what He’s done in our lives and encourage you to take the next step in faith – whether that be increasing in love for Him or beginning a lifelong relationship with Jesus. Read more about how and why we do this at Why Journey Quest?

What Our Guests Are Saying

“Everything about this company was amazing!”
Alexandra Meiris
Via Google +
“Everything about this company was amazing! Staff was great, very friendly, knowledgeable, and i felt 100% safe climbing into a raft with anyone of their members. I felt very blessed to have gone. I would recommend this company to anyone and will defiantly be booking another trip! ” Read Full Review
“Unforgettable experience!”
Kyle G
Via TripAdvisor
“From beginning to end, this was an incredible experience! Kody Adcock was my guide for the day, but the entire staff and crew was wonderful! They made me feel so comfortable and we had plenty of laughs along the way...The water was wonderful, the stories were spectacular, and the scenery was amazing! I'd recommend a trip with JourneyQuest to anyone looking for an adventure and ready to get their adrenaline going! Thanks guys!” Read Full Review
“Excellent Experience – Highly Recommend”
Cococanuck14
Hoschton, Georgia
“Our party represented a wide range of ages (50-something to age 8) and rafting ability (first-timer to very experienced), yet management and our personal guide, Denise, worked with us to find a half-day trip that would please everyone. The scenery was lovely, and the trip delivered just the right amount of thrills for our group...We appreciated the fact that the trip began with a prayer for safety and ended with prayer of thanksgiving for a safe journey. Look forward to traveling with Journey Quest again.” Read Full Review
“Excellent for Youth Groups!”
Erica D
Via TripAdvisor
“The youth group I work with has gone rafting with Journey quest multiple times as a cap-off to a week of missions outreach. Not only is it a fun and exciting time of bonding, but it is so refreshing to hear your guide talk about the beauty of God's creation like a real, down-to-earth, and fun-loving person. All the guides I've met are very skilled at teaching, encouraging, and leading their rafting crew, which puts even those who are a bit squeamish about the endeavor at ease.” Read Full Review
“Great Trip, Great People!”
Bret M
Elizabeth, Colorado
“Traveled down the Arkansas with Journey Quest and my daughters. Our guide was friendly and helpful. She even allowed my older daughter to "guide" the boat for a stretch. Will definitely use them again!” Read Full Review
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Arkansas River Map

About Bighorn Sheep Canyon

Bighorn Sheep Canyon is the second-most popular Rafting adventure in Colorado! Located in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley between Canon City and Salida, Colorado, this is the closest family rafting trip to Colorado Springs.

Explore the Canyon

Bighorn Sheep Canyon is known for the outstanding whitewater rafting, Trout fishing, riverside camping, and the Bighorn Sheep that roam the high desert landscape. You will also find excellent hiking and ATV trails to explore in and around the canyon. A scenic drive on Highway 50 between Canon City and Salida is a great way to experience the entire Canyon, but nothing beats the experience you will have on the river.

Family-Friendly Rafting

The Arkansas River between Texas Creek and Parkdale boasts amazing Class III-IV rapids like Maytag, Three Rocks, Spikebuck, and Shark’s Tooth. This section of river is fun for first-timers and seasoned boaters alike who aren’t quite ready to take on the thrill of rafting the Royal Gorge. Bighorn Sheep Canyon is real Colorado white water rafting, so be ready to get soaked and paddle hard when your guide tells you to!

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