Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Posted on June 21, 2016

Check out the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival this weekend.

Boats, Bands, Beer and More

June 24th & 25th, 2016

This weekend is the 8th annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival at Centennial Park in Cañon City, Colorado, and River Runners will be there to celebrate! Admission to the whitewater festival is only $5, and children under the age of 12 get in for free. Come celebrate the beautiful Arkansas River with us at the festival!

15% off Royal Gorge and Bighorn Full Days

Gear included – no rental fees

  • 15% OFF Full Day Royal Gorge Trips: PROMO CODE: ROYALGORGE
  • 15% OFF Full Day Bighorn Trips: PROMO CODE: BIGHORN
  • 10% OFF Half Day Raft Trips: PROMO CODE RAFT10



Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Friday, June 24th

The whitewater festival begins at 3:00pm on Friday, June 24th with live music, a beer garden, and freestyle river boarding at the Cañon City Whitewater Park along the beautiful Arkansas River. The music will continue all night, including performances by Eric Tessmer, Judd Hoos, and several more artists, as rafting races and challenges take place one after the other. At 8:15pm an awards ceremony will take place, highlighting the winners of the San Juan’s Community Raft Race. The awards will be followed by more live music, wrapping up the night around 11:00pm.

Saturday, June 25th

Saturday the festival reopens bright and early at 7:30am, beginning with River Lotus Yoga instructing a morning yoga class. All day Saturday there will be live music, an anglers competition, inner tube races, a duckie dash, more yoga, a raft rodeo, multiple raft races, and several food and merchandise vendors. The festival will continue all day and into the night, ending again around 11:00pm.

Royal Gorge Rafting Trips

River Runners at the Whitewater Festival

River Runners at the Royal Gorge will have a tent set up both Friday and Saturday for the festivities. The River Runners tent has a prime spot, so grab a beer, stop by to hang out, and sign up for a chance to win a free whitewater rafting trip with River Runners! We’ll be giving away multiple free rafting trips throughout the duration of the festival. If you don’t happen win a rafting trip, you can still get 15% off full day rafting trips through the Royal Gorge and Bighorn Canyon with promo code: Raft15.

Raft the Arkansas River.

Community Rafting Race and Raft Rodeo

River Runners will also be participated in the Community Raft Race on Friday and the Raft Rodeo on Saturday, if you’d like to come and enjoy the spectacle while cheering us on!

Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival

Posted on June 15, 2015

The 7th 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.