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A popular spot for beginning and intermediate rafters, Bighorn Sheep Canyon is a relatively gentle stretch of the Arkansas River that winds through southern Colorado’s high desert landscape. Meet your friendly river guide at the Cañon City outpost, about a 1-hour drive southwest of Colorado Springs. Prepare for the ride by donning a life vest and helmet, and get an introduction to rafting essentials like safety and paddling techniques before transport to the launch site.

Set off on the currents and navigate through exciting Class II and II whitewater rapids like Five Points, Double Dip and Spike Buck. Your guide will help with technique and ensure everyone's safety throughout the journey. On quieter stretches, enjoy the pristine desert scenery and look out for herds of wild bighorn sheep, the official state animal of Colorado.

Take advantage of the opportunity to swimming splash income river pools during breaks from the rapids. After reaching the end of the 10-mile stretch, you'll be transported back to the outpost, where you can purchase souvenir photos to memorialize your journey.

Come prepared with sunscreen, sunglasses and quick-drying clothes, as you're sure to get wet! No rafting experience is required, and children age 6 and over are welcome.
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Lost Paddle Rafting
Paddle down the scenic Arkansas River on a half-day rafting adventure through Colorado’s Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Navigate class II and II whitewater rapids with an expert guide, and soak up the beauty of the surrounding high desert landscape, home to an abundance of native wildlife. It’s a great way for families and first-timers to experience one of Colorado’s favorite — and wettest! — outdoor adventure sports.
  • 3-hour rafting trip down Bighorn Sheep Canyon
  • Navigate thrilling class II and II whitewater rapids
  • Stop to swim in calm river pools
  • Be surrounded by the beauty of southern Colorado's high desert landscape
  • Look for wild bighorn sheep and other native wildlife
  • Great adventure for beginning rafters and families with children
  • No experience necessary
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Great family experience

Our family had a great experience whitewater rafting. We have two teenagers & an 8 year old. The trip down the river was about 2 hours. The price was affordable for our family of 5. Tyler was our guide & kept the trip interesting with...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Great time with great guides

Shea and Lisa were fantastic. They knew the river and were great with our kids. We highly recommend.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Best Value Rafting In Cañón City

Our family went on 8/8/2018 in the 1/2 day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip and had an awesome time. Our guide, John, was very experienced and made the trip a lot of fun. He has been doing this for a long time and was very experienced....More

Thank KCarchitect
Reviewed 1 week ago
A wonderful rafting tour even in low waters

Lisa was our tour guide, and she did an amazing job. Only 1 of the 5 of us had ever rafted before so we needed some guidance, but I think we caught on fast. The water level was low the day we went so there...More

Thank patterob
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
First time rafting!:)

My daughter and I spent a few days in Colorado and last minute decision we decided to go river rafting! Had an awesome time!! The guide Christian was great and our raft crew was fun Laci, Cooper and Brant! HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Lost Paddle! Look...More

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