Gore Canyon Festival

Gore Canyon Festival, Colorado August 24-26th, 2018

The Gore Canyon Festival is the premiere whitewater event in Colorado. Focused around the Class V downriver race through its namesake Gore Canyon on the upper Colorado River, GoreFest has brought the worlds elite whitewater athletes, families, anglers and river enthusiasts together for an awesome end of season event that celebrates the upper Colorado River.

In addition to the famous Class V downriver race through Gore Canyon, the event also includes a family fun float through class II/III Hartman Canyon (aka Little Gore Canyon), a freestyle rodeo at the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, and SUP downriver and cross races.

Festival amenities, including camping, food, and entertainment, are located at Rancho del Rio, 10 miles downstream of the BLM's Pumphouse Recreation Site. Limited camping is available at the BLM's Pumphouse Recreation Site on a first-come, first-serve basis. We encourage competitors and attendees to join the festival at Rancho del Rio, where we will be coordinating event logistics and registration, shuttles, and hosting movies, live music, food and drinks, and all things fun!


American Whitewater is heavily invested in the protection of the Colorado River, and has negotiated flows for Gore Festival, long-term flow protection through BLM and Forest Service management planning, and played a critical role in securing the Gore Canyon whitewater park or Recreational In-Channel Diversion (RICD), which gives boating flows in the Colorado River legal protection under State water law. AW is also the leading representative of the recreational community on the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholders group where flows for the Colorado River are negotiated by AW and our stakeholders. American Whitewater is presenting the Gore Festival to celebrate this beautiful place we work hard to protect, and as an opportunity for paddlers, industry, and partners to enjoy and support our cooperative stewardship efforts.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The Gore Canyon Whitewater Park was built in 2015 as an effort by Grand County and its stakeholders (including AW) to protect up to 2500 cfs in the Colorado River for boating. This project was a huge success, especially for all of us who love to play on the Upper Colorado. The park is located between launch 1 and 2 at the BLM's Pumphouse Recreation Area. It creates a perfect transition from the Class V canyon to the family float to Radium or Rancho del Rio.

GoreFest now has an event for everyone. With the Gore Race as our main event, we now offer freestyle rodeo events, a SUP cross and downriver race, and a family float make up this festival weekend. Here are a few of the competitions being offered:

Long Boat K-1 (longer than 10’) Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon:  The starting line is standard, at the gear up rock at the top of Fisherman’s Nightmare.  The finish line is at the bottom of Kirschbaum. Mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:00am at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), shuttles to the put-in leave at 8:30am sharp. Please load your gear onto the shuttle prior to the race meeting. The race will begin at noon, long boats first. The long boat race will start with 1 minute intervals.  

Short Boat K-1 (shorter or equal 10’) Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon:     Starting line is standard, at the gear up rock at the top of fisherman’s nightmare.  The finish line is at the bottom of Kirschbaum. Mandatory pre-race meeting at at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), shuttles to the put-in leave at 8:30am sharp. Please load your gear onto the shuttle prior to the race meeting. The race will begin at noon, short boats after long. The short boat race will start with 1 minute intervals.   

 

Raft Team Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon:     Starting line is standard, at the gear up rock at the top of fisherman’s nightmare.  The finish line is at the bottom of Kirschbaum. Mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:00am Saturday at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), shuttles to the put-in leave at 8:30am sharp. Please load your gear onto the shuttle prior to the race meeting. The race will begin at noon, rafts will start after all kayaks.

Stand Up Paddle Cross at Pumphouse: This is a Stand Up Paddle Battle Royal on the Colorado River From Launch 1-2. Multiple heats through the new whitewater feature with multiple obstacles to navigate. SUP cross will start at 1pm on Saturday at Pumphouse. Shuttles will bring competitors from Rancho del Rio to Pumphouse and back.

  Downriver Stand Up Paddle Sprint (11’ board maximum) from Pumphouse: Your registration includes a one-year American Whitewater membership and entrance into the great raffle, race t-shirt, and live music on Saturday night after the Gore Race! Sign up for an additional event and get it for just $5.

  Starting line is located at Launch 3 at the BLM Pumphouse Recreation Area. Downriver and Marathon SUP races will start simultaneously. Racers will sprint through Little Gore Canyon and finish at the CO Hwy 11 Bridge at Radium. Shuttles will transport racers to Pumphouse and return racers to Rancho del Rio from the finish at Radium. It will be a mass start race with photographers capturing the action at Eye of the Needle rapid (available after GoreFest at rapidimagephoto.com). There will be a pre-race meeting at Launch 3 at 11:30am with the race starting at 12pm sharp.    Marathon Stand Up Paddle Race from Pumphouse:  Starting line is located at Launch 3 at the BLM Pumphouse Recreation Area. Downriver and Marathon SUP races will start simultaneously. Racers will sprint through Little Gore Canyon and finish at the boat ramp at Rancho del Rio. It will be a mass start race with photographers capturing the action at Eye of the Needle rapid (available after GoreFest at rapidimagephoto.com). There will be a pre-race meeting at Launch 3 at 11:30am with the race starting at 12pm sharp. 

Freestyle Rodeo - Kayak at Pumphouse: Round one will take place at 11am Sunday. The final round will be held at 2pm after the SUP downriver races. 

  Freestyle Rodeo - Other at Pumphouse: Anything but kayaks goes! Rafts, duckies, SUP, floaties…Round one will take place at 11am Sunday after the kayaks. The final round will be held at 2pm after the final round for the kayak rodeo. 

To register in advance, and get a discount on your competitor fees, please visit https://store.americanwhitewater.org/collections/2017-gore-festival

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

Upper Colorado Wild & Scenic Stakeholder Grouphttp://www.upcowildandscenic.com


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Associated Projects

  • Gore Canyon Festival
    The Gore Canyon Festival continues to be the premiere whitewater event in Colorado for over 30 years. Focused around the Class V downriver race through Gore Canyon on the Colorado River, Gore Fest has
  • Gore Canyon Whitewater Park (CO)
    AW is working with Grand County, CO to establish a new whitewater park on the Upper Colorado River. We have worked to identify the best location, and build support for the proposed project.

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