2018 Colorado Whitewater Events

Posted: 04/02/2018
By: Kestrel Kunz

It's that time of year folks! Colorado Event Season is soon upon us. Whether you've been training all winter in preparation or whether you just enjoy a good show and boating with your friends, these classic Colorado river events are not to miss! 

In addition to the many whitewater festivals that American Whitewater partners with in Colorado, we are excited to announce that AW is hosting Gore Fest again this year! We hope to see you at Rancho Del Rio on August 24 - 26. Stay tuned for more details on race registration, entertainment, and volunteer opportunities.

2018 Event Schedule


April 21: South Platte River Clean-Up - Denver, CO 


May 11 - 13: Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival - Pilar, NM

May 18 - 20: The Golden Games - Morrison and Golden, CO 

May 25 - 28: Paddle Fest - Buena Vista, CO


June 1 - 2: Lyons Outdoor Games - Lyons, CO

June 1 - 3: Yampa River Festival - Steamboat Springs, CO

June 2: Animas River Days - Durango, CO

June 7 - 10: GoPro Mountain Games - Vail, CO

June 2: Dolores River Festival - Dolores, CO

June 14 - 17: FIBArk - Salida, COh

June 16: Oh-Be-Joyful Race - Crested Butte, CO 

June 22 - 24: Gunnison River Festival - Gunnison, CO

June 22 - 23: Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival - Canon City, CO

June 23: South Platte River Fest - Denver, CO

June 30: Ridgway River Fest - Ridgway, CO


July 14: FUNC Fest - Montrose, CO


August 24 - 26: Gore Fest - Gore Canyon and Rancho Del Rio, CO

If you think we've missed an event, or you are hosting one that you want added to this list, please let us know by emailing kestrel@americanwhitewater.org.

Colorado Stewardship Director

Nathan Fey

1601 Longs Peak Ave.

Longmont, CO 80501

Phone: 303-859-8601
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