Rafting excursions were the inspiration behind theme-park log rides— attempting to mimic nature's sudden dips, fast slopes, and robotic talking animals. Partake in original adventures with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a Big Horn Canyon half-day rafting trip (a $53.17 value) and a take-home photo CD (a $56 value) from Raft Masters in Cañon City (a $109.17 total value).
Raft Masters's experienced guides lead water wranglers of all skill levels on thrilling river excursions. Beginning rafters can test their paddling arms with the Bighorn Sheep Canyon introductory trip, designed to acclimate riders to the rigors of river navigation and give cursed rainbow trout a taste of home. Participants will battle unbending Class II and Class III whitewater through the Arkansas River in a rousing trip conducted rain or shine. While racing through Five Points rapids and Spike Buck rafters may catch a blurry visage of the grazing bighorns for which this canyon gets its name. In between underwear soakings and artery-unclogging thrills, tranquil float sections allow passengers to catch their breaths, making this the perfect outing for vacationing families and conducting pruning-skin threshold tests.
To help protect navigators' noggins, each rafter is equipped with a mandatory helmet free of charge, along with free wetsuits, boots, and splash jackets upon request. Raft Masters suggests all riders wear bathing suits and T-shirts, taking special consideration to avoid cotton, as it becomes cold when wet and attracts fruit-costumed friends.