River Runners Event Guide

Some of the goings-on in and around Buena Vista, Salida and Cañon City.

Apr
1
Sat
Opening Day at River Runners @ Arkansas River
Apr 1 all-day

2017 Colorado Whitewater Rafting Season

Colorado Whitewater Rafting Season Opening Day

Raft the Arkansas River

The River Runners whitewater rafting season opens April 1, 2017. Raft the Browns Canyon, the Family Float, the Royal Gorge, and the Bighorn Sheep Canyon sections of the Arkansas River. Only half day tours are offered early season. The full schedule of trips will open May 13 – September 4. Book your raft trip online or call 800-723-8987.

Deep snowpack setting up another epic whitewater rafting season

The snowpack in Colorado’s Arkansas River Basin is well above average heading into spring. This means big whitewater for late May and June and good flows the rest of the season.

Plan your whitewater rafting trip on Colorado’s Arkansas River

High Water
Spring runoff starts mid-May and goes through the end of June – with peak runoff around June 15 on average. These are the “powder days” of whitewater. You’ll find the most exciting experience during this time, but there are still family-friendly options on class I sections of the river.

Medium Water
Colorado’s Arkansas River could have medium flows in April but will give way to spring runoff for about six weeks starting mid-May. Medium flows will return in July through mid-August. These are great water levels for first-time rafters and young families to raft Browns Canyon or Bighorn Sheep Canyon. It’s also a good time for thrill-seekers to challenge advanced sections like the Numbers and the Royal Gorge, which are usually closed during high water.

Low Water
Low water is typical of late-August and September. This time of year is less crowded, the river is more technical, and the water is clear.

May
19
Fri
4th annual Down River Rendezvous @ River Runners at Browns Canyon
May 19 – May 21 all-day
DRE

Down River Equipment Company – The source for all your river equipment

Reserve a spot at the 4th Annual Down River Rendezvous at River Runners. This is a customer appreciation event for Down River Equipment Company. Festivities will take place Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017. Admission includes camping and river access at River Runners.

The Brown’s Canyon Riverside Grill will be open for lunch and dinner all weekend long. Down River Equipment Company will provide one free drink coupon to each participant as a thank you.

Shuttles: Shuttles will be coordinated each night for the next day.

Cost: Your cost for the entire weekend is $8/person. Down River Equipment Company is supplementing camping, shuttles, and some drinks.

AHRA parks pass not included: You will need to purchase a day use, vehicle, or season pass from the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).

4th annual Down River Rendezvous

Down River Equipment Company Rendezvous.
River Runners Camping.
River Runners put-in for Browns Canyon.
Raft Browns Canyon.
May
26
Fri
CKS PaddleFest @ Buena Vista, Colorado
May 26 – May 29 all-day

Paddlefest.
The CKS PaddleFest is an annual tradition to kick off the paddling season in Buena Vista, Colorado. Enjoy an array of events for the entire family including live music, competitions, food, drinks, arts, demos, and much more. If you’re in search of a way to get involved in river sports, want to refine your skills, or just like a good party that involves playing on water – this is the place to be on Memorial Weekend.

Jun
15
Thu
FIBArk Whitewater Festival @ Salida Riverside Park
Jun 15 – Jun 18 all-day
FIBArk

FIBArk, which stands for “First In Boating on the Arkansas”, started in 1949 as a river boat race in Salida, Colorado. It has evolved into a premiere whitewater event attracting some of the best paddlers in the world. In addition to the paddling aspect of the event, it is one of Salida’s biggest parties, featuring a carnival, live music, kids events and so much more. Plan your visit to Salida during FIBArk for a weekend you will not forget!

Jun
23
Fri
9th Annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival @ Royal Gorge
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day
Check out the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival this weekend.

Boats, Bands, and Beer

The Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival celebrates paddling culture in the Royal Gorge Region of Colorado. It’s centered at the Cañon City whitewater Park, which is also a popular takeout for the Royal Gorge.

In addition to festival events and competitions, enjoy food, beer, vendors, and entertainment for the entire family. All proceeds go towards continued expansion of the whitewater park and river restoration. It’s Cañon City’s biggest party of the summer and a great time to visit!

 

Apr
1
Sat
Opening Day at River Runners @ Arkansas River
Apr 1 all-day

2017 Colorado Whitewater Rafting Season

Colorado Whitewater Rafting Season Opening Day

Raft the Arkansas River

The River Runners whitewater rafting season opens April 1, 2017. Raft the Browns Canyon, the Family Float, the Royal Gorge, and the Bighorn Sheep Canyon sections of the Arkansas River. Only half day tours are offered early season. The full schedule of trips will open May 13 – September 4. Book your raft trip online or call 800-723-8987.

Deep snowpack setting up another epic whitewater rafting season

The snowpack in Colorado’s Arkansas River Basin is well above average heading into spring. This means big whitewater for late May and June and good flows the rest of the season.

Plan your whitewater rafting trip on Colorado’s Arkansas River

High Water
Spring runoff starts mid-May and goes through the end of June – with peak runoff around June 15 on average. These are the “powder days” of whitewater. You’ll find the most exciting experience during this time, but there are still family-friendly options on class I sections of the river.

Medium Water
Colorado’s Arkansas River could have medium flows in April but will give way to spring runoff for about six weeks starting mid-May. Medium flows will return in July through mid-August. These are great water levels for first-time rafters and young families to raft Browns Canyon or Bighorn Sheep Canyon. It’s also a good time for thrill-seekers to challenge advanced sections like the Numbers and the Royal Gorge, which are usually closed during high water.

Low Water
Low water is typical of late-August and September. This time of year is less crowded, the river is more technical, and the water is clear.

May
19
Fri
4th annual Down River Rendezvous @ River Runners at Browns Canyon
May 19 – May 21 all-day
DRE

Down River Equipment Company – The source for all your river equipment

Reserve a spot at the 4th Annual Down River Rendezvous at River Runners. This is a customer appreciation event for Down River Equipment Company. Festivities will take place Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017. Admission includes camping and river access at River Runners.

The Brown’s Canyon Riverside Grill will be open for lunch and dinner all weekend long. Down River Equipment Company will provide one free drink coupon to each participant as a thank you.

Shuttles: Shuttles will be coordinated each night for the next day.

Cost: Your cost for the entire weekend is $8/person. Down River Equipment Company is supplementing camping, shuttles, and some drinks.

AHRA parks pass not included: You will need to purchase a day use, vehicle, or season pass from the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).

4th annual Down River Rendezvous

Down River Equipment Company Rendezvous.
River Runners Camping.
River Runners put-in for Browns Canyon.
Raft Browns Canyon.
May
26
Fri
CKS PaddleFest @ Buena Vista, Colorado
May 26 – May 29 all-day

Paddlefest.
The CKS PaddleFest is an annual tradition to kick off the paddling season in Buena Vista, Colorado. Enjoy an array of events for the entire family including live music, competitions, food, drinks, arts, demos, and much more. If you’re in search of a way to get involved in river sports, want to refine your skills, or just like a good party that involves playing on water – this is the place to be on Memorial Weekend.

Jun
15
Thu
FIBArk Whitewater Festival @ Salida Riverside Park
Jun 15 – Jun 18 all-day
FIBArk

FIBArk, which stands for “First In Boating on the Arkansas”, started in 1949 as a river boat race in Salida, Colorado. It has evolved into a premiere whitewater event attracting some of the best paddlers in the world. In addition to the paddling aspect of the event, it is one of Salida’s biggest parties, featuring a carnival, live music, kids events and so much more. Plan your visit to Salida during FIBArk for a weekend you will not forget!

Jun
23
Fri
9th Annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival @ Royal Gorge
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day
Check out the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival this weekend.

Boats, Bands, and Beer

The Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival celebrates paddling culture in the Royal Gorge Region of Colorado. It’s centered at the Cañon City whitewater Park, which is also a popular takeout for the Royal Gorge.

In addition to festival events and competitions, enjoy food, beer, vendors, and entertainment for the entire family. All proceeds go towards continued expansion of the whitewater park and river restoration. It’s Cañon City’s biggest party of the summer and a great time to visit!