In the Victorian era, extreme sports were limited to teatime without doilies, writing witty satires about earnestness, and riding a penny-farthing down a mild incline. Shock such staid sensibilities with today's Groupon: for $27, you get a half-day rafting trip through Bighorn Sheep Canyon, including river-use fee, transportation, and equipment, from Echo Canyon River Expeditions (up to a $54.16 value). All trips check in 45 minutes before scheduled departures, with daily trips in the morning at 9:30 a.m. and in the afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
Echo Canyon River Expeditions' whitecap wunderkinds have rafted swashbucklers through Colorado's thrilling and picturesque valley rapids for more than 30 years. The half-day Bighorn Sheep Canyon/Parkdale Run trip through the Arkansas River's Bighorn Sheep Canyon remains a popular choice for families, first-time floaters, and vacationing fish-people. After the friendly staff outfits guests with equipment, each voyager will board a buoyant apparatus and take to 10 miles of the river's surging swells for a healthy mix of exciting paddle action and serene sightseeing. During the approximately three-hour trip, one of Echo Canyon River Expeditions' knowledgeable guides will dish on the natural and historical wonders of the environs, including the local bighorn sheep and their fascinating hopscotch tournaments, while helping rafters dodge the rapids effortlessly and safely.
There is a suggested minimum age of 6 and weight of 50 pounds.