Counting down to the 2016 Gore Canyon Festival!

posted August 2, 2016
by Nathan Fey

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As river flows start to drop, many boaters in the West turn their attention to the Upper Colorado River, and the iconic Gore Canyon. American Whitewater is excited to host this year’s Gore Canyon Festival - building on the 30+ year legacy of the Gore Canyon race, with a freestyle rodeo, SUP races and demos, and family floats this year. American Whitewater is deeply invested in creating opportunities to protect, restore, and enjoy whitewater paddling on the Colorado River. Join us for an end of summer celebration on this beautiful river we work to protect and love to paddle!

It takes a lot of folks to pull off an event and race like this one, and we are still looking for volunteers for help with the general event (registration, parking, timing, etc.) as well as safety team members. You can sign up for both here. All safety team members are required to have CPR/First Aid certifications and be somewhat familiar with running Gore Canyon. For those that can join us, we will be doing a course sweep on friday August 26th to go over safety procedures before the race. Please email if you have any further questions.

Don’t forget to register! Prices will go up as the event gets close, so save your dollars and commit! Registration is currently open for the Gore race, SUP downriver race, Freestyle kayak rodeo, SUP cross, and camping for the weekend. Registration includes a one-year American Whitewater membership, your competitor shirt, festival camping, and dinner Saturday night. Each additional event is only $5 more, so compete in them all! Our trophies were completed this week and they will look good on your mantle! The website also has a donation page to easily send out to family and friends.

We would like to give a huge shout out to Down River Equipment for their sponsorship! We are still seeking partners and vendors of Gore Fest 2016! We have set a fundraising goal for to directly support whitewater recreation on the Upper Colorado River between Kremmling and Glenwood Springs. Funds raised will be directed to event costs, with any proceeds going to support the efforts of the Upper Colorado River Wild & Scenic Alternative Stakeholders Group. If you are interested in being a partner of Gore Fest please contact us at or

Colorado Stewardship Director
Nathan Fey
1601 Longs Peak Ave.
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: 303-859-8601