Troo American Road Trip Rafts the White Waters of the Arkansas River – Day 18

Hello Arkansas River, meet the Rowley’s!


Today, I’m taking myself and all 6 kids whitewater rafting. We headed over to Canon City, Colorado to join Echo Canyon River Expeditions on a white water rafting trip through the Bighorn Sheep Canyon with class 1-3 rapids. My kids were out-of-their-minds excited…until, they were told that we had to go on an “oar boat”. There was concern that with so many kids, our raft would not have enough “paddle-power” unless our guide used oars. Crash-burn.

My once-enthused kids didn’t even want to go anymore. But, ignoring all of their moaning and groaning. I shepherded them onto the bus after getting them fitted with life jackets and helmets.  However, once we met our guide, and he handed them each a paddle (even though he still had the oars)- smiles returned all around. Then, once we started getting into the Class 2 and 3 rapids. They were there was not looking back and there were smiles and squeals from everyone.

The trip was amazing and exciting. We even watched our guide, Morgan, perform a water rescue when another rafter fell out of her boat while going through one of the rapids.  It was spectacular, how Morgan plucked her out of the water and we got on with our trip- trading her back to her own boat when we stopped for a mid-trip break a bit downstream.

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While we were rafting, my parents took a scenic trip on the Royal Gorge dome train!  They loved the stunning landscape.

Question: What adrenaline pumping activities have you done with your kids?

Troo American Road Trip 2013

See what else Sharon and her 6 kids have been up to on their Troo American Road Trip

About the author

Sharon Rowley is the busy Mom of 6 kids ages 8-13 and managing this large family calls upon all of the super-organizational skills she can muster! Sharon shares her ideas for Moms every day on Momof6, and her passion for family travel over on Great Family Road Trips.
2 Responses
  1. kmthornton

    This has been a summer of adrenaline for us! Whitewater rafting, zip-lining in two states, aerial course at Timbertrek. Our seven-year-old is a bit of an adrenaline junky.

  2. Colorado Rafting

    Thanks for providing this article. Nice post.The Arkansas River provides everything you could want from a Colorado rafting experience! With the perfect combination of beautiful Colorado scenery and amazing whitewater rapids, it is sure to be the highlight of your summer vacation.
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