There are other sports that take higher prominence in Colorado Springs, and you won't find much paddling in town, but if whitewater is your thing you are not far from some of the best whitewater in the west on the Arkansas River. It's just under a two hour drive to reach the newly designated Browns Canyon National Monument. Further downstream, the class III and IV rapids of Bighorn Sheep Canyon host numerous guided whitewater raft trips and are easy to access via U.S. 50. An hour from town, the Arkansas roars through the class IV and V rapids Sunshine Falls, Sledgehammer and the Narrows in Royal Gorge. The Gorge is the site of the famed Royal Gorge Bridge, nearly 1,000 feet above the river. All that should keep paddlers busy in summer and spring when the water is high.