2018 Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

2018 Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Friday, June 22, 2018  to June 23, 2018   •  Whitewater Events and Obstacle Races


Centennial Park, Canon City, CO    view map

Registration closed:

Online registration is closed, please register at the event on Friday, June 22 or Saturday, June 23.


The Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival is held annually in beautiful Cañon City, Colorado, where the Arkansas River flows, rages, and tumbles out of the world famous Royal Gorge. This is the premier whitewater and river event of the summer. Come join our festival on June 22 & 23 2018! The festival is held annually at Centennial Park, located along the beautiful banks of the Arkansas River. 

Whitewater Events are designed to include any individual who is in good physical condition with the ability to swim. You need not be an "expert" to participate in whitewater events. Whether you prefer rafts, kayaks, SUP's, or river boards there is an event for everyone to enjoy. Back for the 18th year is the Build Your Own Boat Race (ByOB Race) and there is the very popular Community Raft Race. Anyone can get in the river and have fun.

Whitewater 5K Run Challenge:  This will be the fifth year we have offered the Whitewater Adventure Races. We're returning to our roots this year as we begin in the park and send participants out on the Riverwalk for a 5K course that features intermittent challenges. Get ready to down a popsicle, throw some rocks, dodge some tires, and, of course, get a little wet. 

Live music in 2018 will be held on two temporary stages in Centennial Park, one by the river and the other in the southeast corner of the park! You can get a complete band line-up in the Music section of our website.  On June 23rd we will bring back a pair of popular events: yoga in the morning and the Hot Diggity Weenie Dog Races make their return to Canon City.  We will have a Fun Zone for the Kids and plenty of food and merchandise vendors. 

Join us for the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival on June 22nd and 23rd.


 T Shirt

 Goody Bag

 Event Timed

 Food and Drinks



 Kids' Activities



Course description:

Please visit our event website for specific details on all of our events. www.royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com

Directions to start:

The majority of events will begin in Centennial Park and all will end in Centennial Park in Cañon City, or at the Whitewater Park, adjacent to Centennial Park.  All participants must still check in at the Registration Tent in Centennial Park.


Parking is available in the area surrounding the 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.  Please be mindful of the residents and don't park in front of driveways.

Awards info:

The majority of events will have cash payouts.  All award information will be available on the website, www.royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com on June 5th.

Packet pickup:

All registered competitiors will check in and pick up their swag at the Regisration Tent in Centennial Park during the event.  There is not advance pick-up.

Registration info:

All participants recieve FREE ENTRY to the festival on the day of their event. Please print out and bring your registration confirmation as proof of entry. (This is a $5 savings.) 

Please check the schedule for a complete list of event times. All participants must check in at the registration tent. All prices increase on the day of the event.



Online registration is closed, please register at the event on Friday, June 22 or Saturday, June 23.