The 9th Annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival (RGWF) features kayak, stand up paddle board, raft, and river board competitions along with other events to promote the outdoors and an active lifestyle. The Arkansas River roars through the Royal Gorge and immediately enters Cañon City. The Whitewater Park is in the western portion of Cañon City, just a little over a mile from the end of the Royal Gorge. The RGWF celebrates the Arkansas River and highlights the many recreational opportunities it presents.
Not only will you enjoy the festival event but there is plenty of food, beer, vendors, and entertainment for the entire family. All of the money raised goes towards continued expansion of the Whitewater Park, river restoration, and charitable causes. It is the biggest party of the summer in Cañon City and one not to be missed. It's all about "Boats, Bands, and Beer!" What is a summer festival without all three.
***We would like to thank and recognize Joe Cordova for all of the photos on this website.***
Here is some need to know information for this event:
--There is a $5 entrance fee for anyone 13 or older, kids 12 and under are free
--There is no entrance fee for the participants (excluding Inner Tube Races)
--No dogs are allowed in the festival area, with the exception of the Weenie Dog Race participants
--In order to consume alcoholic beverages you must be 21 or older and have identification
--No outside food or alcohol is allowed in the festival
--All bags are subject to search
--No firearms are allowed in the festival area
TITLE SPONSORS OF THE 2017 ROYAL GORGE WHITEWATER FESTIVAL