Any family visiting the Colorado Springs area should definitely considering a Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting trip! In just a quick hour drive from Colorado Springs, you’ll find Canon City, Colorado-¦home of the world-famous Royal Gorge. Although the Royal Gorge is most famous for two things: the world’s highest suspension bridge and one of the 10 whitewater runs in the country – the Royal Gorge, there is an ideal and milder section of river right above the Royal Gorge called Bighorn Sheep Canyon. For those families and first-timers that aren’t looking to tackle Class IV and V rapids, this is the perfect stretch of river to -˜get your toes wet’ and get a great taste of real Colorado whitewater.
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Background Bighorn Sheep Canyon, which is named for the numerous herds of bighorn sheep that inhabit this beautiful canyon, offers over 20 miles of fun Class I, II, and III whitewater. It is what we call a -˜pool drop’ section meaning that you’ll go through a rapid and then it will be calm for a bit, then you’ll go through another rapid, etc. It’s a great way to experience the exciting rapids but also take some time to enjoy the pristine beauty and abundant wildlife! American Adventure Expeditions offers two trips through Bighorn Sheep Canyon, a ½ day Trip and a Full Day Trip.
Bighorn Sheep Canyon Rafting Trips Half Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon trips are about 10 miles long and typically last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on water levels (the faster the water is moving, the less time it takes to go 10 miles!). These trips depart at 9:00, 12:00, and 3:00 and we ask that everyone arrive 45 minutes early to check-in. Full Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting trips are about 20 miles long and typically last between 4,5 and 6 hours, depending on water levels. Full Day trips also include a gourmet riverside lunch served in the Canyon by your guide! Lunch includes your own custom built herb tortilla wrap which you’ll fill with local deli meats and cheeses, avocados, bacon, and all kinds of veggies. You’ll also enjoy some kettle cooked potato chips, fresh fruit, and cookies or brownies. The perfect lunch to tide you over (don’t eat too much or you’ll be too sleepy to paddle!) until you arrive back to our outpost. Full Day Bighorn Sheep Canyon Trips depart at 9:00. Bighorn Sheep Canyon Whitewater Rafting Each of our Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting trips departs from our CaÃ±on City outpost, which is located about 1 hour from Colorado Springs and 2 hours from Denver. Our CaÃ±on City outpost is the perfect place for your Bighorn Sheep Canyon trip as it is located right on the river! When you arrive at our outpost to check-in, we’ll get you geared up and ready to go and you’ll listen to our pre-trip safety orientation. Once everyone is ready to go, we’ll drive you up the canyon (10 miles for the ½ day trip and 20 miles for the full day trip). And since we’re riverside, you’ll raft right back to our outpost. This means that there is no bus ride home in wet clothes! Whether you have a whole day to spend in Bighorn Sheep Canyon or just a few hours, we have the perfect trip for you! There is no better way to see the canyon than from your raft-¦the wildlife and rapids will leave everyone thrilled and ready for more! American Adventure Expeditions has been the leader in providing the ultimate experience in Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting along the Arkansas River. For over 20 years we have been the #1 outfitter for Bighorn Sheep Canyon rafting. We offer half day, full day and even overnight trips and can accommodate all levels of rafting experience from beginner to advanced. Call us at (866) 927-7238 or visit us at http://www.americanadventure.com/.White water rafting is an adventure sport in which a raft is used to navigate a river or any water body. It is usually done on rapids or white water to keep up the excitement. A river goes through different gradients and flows from a higher gradient to lower gradient. When the river’s gradient becomes sharp, frothy water is formed consisting of bubbles and aerated water. This has a white appearance hence termed white water. The sport has been popular since the mid 80’s. White water rafting is suitable for all age groups as various types of rapids are available for different tastes and experience. Almost anyone with a reasonable health can go for white water rafting. It is a good way to spend a vacation, travel abroad, be among the nature, get the sun and of course get a tan. It is considered a good way to release the stress. The expeditions range from a day to a month. White water rafting is now widely practiced through out the world. The essential gear required for White water rafting is a raft.
The inflatable boat is the most common raft used. It is made up of layers of durable rubber fabrics and independent air chambers. Various sizes are available ranging from 11 ft to 20 ft. White water kayaks are also popular. They are made of plastic or fibre glass. Safety gear, water proof bags & cases, hooks, knifes, ropes and camping equipment are essential. Almost all these are available on hire. April to October is a good time. For thrill seekers May & June are suitable when the rapids are more turbulent.
White water rafting is done throughout the world round the year. Due to interaction of river and riverbed various features are like strainers, eddies, waves, pillows and holes are formed. The passage of water through large objects, (usually boulders) causes a strainer. Holes are formed when water pours on top of submerged objects that cause the water to flow backwards which rushes over the object. Waves are fronts formed on water surface flowing down. Eddies are swirls or rotating water flow. When large volume of water suddenly comes against an obstruction, the water flows to a certain limit over the obstruction causing a pillow. The popular destinations are South Fork American river, Colorado river, Arkansas river, Salmon river, Merced, Kaweah in US. There has been concern by environmentalists due to activities of White water rafters like dredging the river bed. However white water rafting also contributes to the local economy.