This stretch of river is one of the most exhilarating and popular whitewater runs in Colorado. It includes both Bighorn Sheep Canyon (class II-III) and the Royal Gorge (class III-IV).
A common put-in for Bighorn Sheep Canyon
An impressive class III-IV rapid that should be scouted at higher flows.
Wave to folks on the viewing deck! There are also restrooms and camping at this location, accessible from Highway 50.
At higher water flows, avoid the large rock in the center of the river and the curling standing wave just after it. Spikebuck rock is left of center toward the bottom.
This is a great spot to eat lunch at the picnic tables. Restrooms located here.
A difficult class IV rapid that bears scouting (via river right). Watch out for the big hole in the middle of the river, commonly called “El Gigante”.
Pass underneath the majestic Royal Gorge Bridge and the historic Hanging Bridge, but watch for rebar on river left.
This fun rapid features a large rock/hole in the middle of the river.
Noted for the water delivery pipeline up above, this rapid signals the end of the notable rapids in the Gorge. Enjoy the float out!
Recently developed into a public AHRA takeout.