Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Friday, June 21, 2019  to June 22, 2019


221 Griffin Ave, Canon City, CO    view map

Registration closed:

Online registration is closed.  Please check in at our registration tent at Centennial Park for any openings for your chosen category.


Join us for the 11th annual Whitewater Festival at Centennial Park in beautiful Canon City, Colorado!  Raging through the famous Royal Gorge canyon, the Arkansas River flows throughout the heart of Canon City, creating a beautiful backdrop and a natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts.  The Whitewater festival started in 2001 with Build Your Own Boat.  Since that time, the festival has added rafts, SUP's, and riverboats competitions making it the premier summer whitewater festival.  We are expecting high water this year, which will require greater skill level.  Please be advised that, due to high water conditions, all participants of water events must have whitewater certification.  
For those who prefer land activities, we have you covered.  You can register for the 'Racing the River Fun 5K Run,' which will begin at Sell Ave trailhead (933 Sell Ave) on June 22nd.  This is not your typical 5K race.  There will be at least five simple, fun obstacles throughout the course.  Expect to cool off and get a little wet during the race. Free kid's race will follow.  Also on June 22nd, there will be yoga in the morning and the Hot Diggity Weenie Dog Races.  You'll not want to miss any of these events!
We have booked a variety of bands to perform live music throughout the festival.  You can enjoy the music while watching the whitewater activities or as you make your way around to all of the food and merchandise vendors.  
Join us for the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival on June 21st and 22nd!  


 T Shirt

 Event Timed

 Food and Drinks



 Kids' Activities



Course description:

Please visit our website for specific details on all of our events.

Directions to start:

The majority of events will begin in Centennial Park and all will end in Centennial Park in Canon City, or at the Whitewater Park, adjacent to Centennial Park.  ALL whitewater participants must check in at the Registration Tent.
Racing the River will begin at the Sell Ave Trailhead (933 Sell Ave).


The majority of events will begin in Centennial Park.  There is a city-owned parking lot on the north side of the Arkansas River.  There is also parking available around Veteran's Park and in the surrounding neighborhoods.
'Racing the River Fun 5K Run' will be located at the Arkansas Riverwalk Sell Ave trailhead.  Parking is available at 933 Sell Ave parking lot and along the street.  

Awards info:

The majority of events will have cash payouts.  All award information will be available on the website,

Additional info

Online registration for all events will go through June 18th.  You can register at the Whitewater Festival.  The rate for same day registration will increase by $5.
There will be a $20 deposit for bibs, which will be fully refunded upon returning the bib at the regisration tent.

American Canoe Association

Registration fee includes $5 Event Membership with the American Canoe Association (ACA).

Rafting Teams

Please have one person register your group.  Everyone must sign a waiver at the tent check-in on the day of the event.

Packet pickup:

All registered whitewater competitors will check in at the Registration Tent in Centennial Park during the event.  There is no advance pick-up.
'Racing the River Fun 5K Run' registrants will have the option of early packet pickup at Canon City Brews & Bikes Friday, June 21st from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.  Packet pick-up on race day (June 22nd) will be from 8:30 am - 9:30 am at the race start line (Sell Avenue Trailhead).   

Registration info:

This is a fundraising event for the community of Canon City, CO.  Proceeds from this festival not only benefit groups and organizations that assist with the weekend's festivities, but a large portion funds the Whitewater Kayak and Recreation Park (WKRP ) construction and river beautification project.  Not only does WKRP provide the perfect place to host the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival, but it is also a tremendous asset to the community.  Located in Centennial Park, the play waves provide focus points for river activities and a fun place to enjoy the Arkansas River.



Online registration is closed.  Please check in at our registration tent at Centennial Park for any openings for your chosen category.