Half-Day Bighorn

Family-Friendly Colorado Rafting

Our Most Popular Family Rafting Adventure!

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.

What to Expect

Our half-day trips depart twice a day from both of our locations and covers 7-14 Miles of river, depending on river flow. You will have the opportunity to jump off of a rock or take a swim in the Arkansas River at one of our riverside swimming locations. We will also have pictures available, for purchase, after the trip of you and your crew getting soaked in a couple of different rapids. 

Trip Details

Ages:
6 - Adult
Skill Level:
Beginner - Intermediate
Rapid Rating:
Class III - IV
Check-In Time:
9:00am & 1:00pm
Duration:
2 - 3 Hours
Departs From:
Texas Creek or Royal Gorge Office
Cost:
Adult: $50 / Child: $40

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
“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
“Family fun”
Romerofamily49
Espanola, New Mexico
“Greatest part of trip, was rafting with Journey Quest. Professional, friendly well knowledged and likable are what made this guide group make our trip the best it could be. Thank You from the ROMEROS. ” Read Full Review
“White Water Rafting down the Arkansas River”
Anthony Godard
Willis, Texas
“Had a great time with your rafting company. Was a great time and a great value. See you again next year.” 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

Rafting with a Purpose

Like all our trips, the purpose is much more than just white water rafting. 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. On this Half-Day Bighorn trip, we seek to share the transformational power of the living Gospel with all of our guests using spiritual analogies, personal testimonies, and thought provoking questions. This trip is perfect for your family, friends, or youth group who are looking to grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Our guides look to be an example of what a disciple of Christ looks like by proclaiming the truth of the Bible, showing love towards one another, and praying with you during your trip. Read more about how and why we do this at Why Journey Quest?

Bighorn Sheep River Map Colorado's Arkansas River

Half-Day Bighorn

The Journey Begins

Navigate iconic Rapids such as Three Rocks, Spikebuck, and Shark’s Tooth as you get soaked on our Half-Day Bighorn adventure. With calm sections in-between rapids, be on the lookout for Bighorn Sheep, Blue Herons, and Geese that populate the landscape. Take a swim at Harvey’s Wallbanger, a great riverside swimming beach, or take a leap off a rock into the river at Monkey’s Rock or Double-Dip Rapid. Don’t forget to take in the beauty of the rolling canyon hills and the gorgeous flowers that bloom on the Cholla Cactus.

The Great Railroad War

Did you know there are sniper forts in the canyon? There was a railroad war that ensued between two railroad companies for the rights to build their tracks through the Royal Gorge. On this section of river, be on the lookout for sniper forts that were created in an effort to halt the construction of the railroad. Rifles and Pistols were soon paired with shovels and pick axes as the fight for the railway began. Be sure to ask your guide about the history of the Royal Gorge railroad war.

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