Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival schedule
All scheduled events are subject to change.
7:30 a.m. Morning Yoga at Veteran’s Park (Free Event)
9 a.m. Registration Tent open for All Events
10 a.m. Festival opens at Centennial Park (Beer Garden/Food & Merchandise
10 a.m Colorado Whitewater Kayak Boater X @ Cañon City Whitewater Park
10 a.m Yoga in the Park with River Lotus Yoga on the Main Stage in Centennial Park
11 a.m. Pizza Madness Whitewater Adventure Race begins @ Centennial Park
12 p.m. “John Weeks Band” performs on the Main Stage
12 p.m. Underwater Connections SUP Cross @ Centennial Park Boat Ramp
12:30 p.m. Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Youth Adventure Race begins @ Centennial Park
1 p.m. Sunflower Bank R-2 Head to Head Raft Races
1:30 p.m. ROTC Whitewater Adventure Race Team Challenge begins @ Centennial Park
2 p.m. Black Hills Energy Duckie Dash begins @ Centennial Park Boat Ramp
2 p.m. Royal Gorge Lions – Sporting Arrows @ south portion of Centennial Park
3 p.m. “Adam Ashley” performs on the River Stage
3:30 p.m. Hot Diggity Weenie Dog Races begin at Main Stage area
3:30 p.m. Echo Canyon River Expeditions R-2 Raft Cross @ Centennial Park Boat Ramp
5:15 p.m. “DJ Diablo” performs on the River Stage
5:15 p.m. High Country Bank ByOB Race Begins @ Green Gate on Riverside Drive
6 p.m. “John Saunders Band” performs on the Main Stage
6:15 p.m. Raft Masters Raft Rodeo @ Cañon City Whitewater Park
8 p.m. Live Auction on Main Stage
8:35 p.m. Event Awards on Main Stage
8:45 p.m. “Paramount” performs on the Main Stage
11:15 p.m. Festival closes at Centennial Park
Cloudy skies and higher than expected river levels didn’t put a stop to the 2017 Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival.
On Friday, the two-day festival began in the afternoon and will continue as scheduled on Saturday.
Kyle Horne, programs director at the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District and co-chairman for the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival, said the river was running at about 4,000 cubic feet per second near Parkdale and at 3,800 cubic feet per second in Cañon City.
The Arkansas River is currently running higher than festival organizers expected after the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released water from Twin Lakes Reservoir.
Twin Lakes is located about 13 miles south of Leadville in Lake County.
Horne said the Bureau of Reclamation controls all water releases in the U.S. and that the release started at about noon last Saturday.
“We have a lot of safety on site thanks to Fremont Search and Rescue, as well as, from the Cañon Fire Department,” Horne said regarding whitewater events at the festival.
Besides the many safety crews monitoring the river, Horne said anyone who gets in the water has to be wearing the proper safety attire, and that if you want to be in the water but don’t have any gear, then festival organizers will provide it.
Horne said the river is moving fast, but it is still considered “Class 1” water, and there’s not a lot of danger as it seems.
He said the most dangerous area is the whitewater feature, which is the rapid near Centennial Park’s pedestrian bridge.
“You have to respect the river no matter what the level, and handle it responsibly. You have to be in a position where you can still be safe and have a good time,” he said.
Horne said the only thing cancelled due to the water levels is any event involving an inner tube; he also said organizers will decide tomorrow afternoon about the build your own boat race.
“That decision will be made tomorrow, but at this point it’s a go,” he said.
In addition to whitewater events, Horne said they have over 60 vendors at the festival, not including food vendors.
On Saturday, many bands will play throughout the day, weenie dog races will take place in the afternoon and many other activities outside of the water will still go on.
Horne said it’s still a fun time, even if people choose to not participate in the whitewater events.
Fore more information about the festival, such as events and vendors visit http://www.royalgorgewhitewaterfestival.com/.
Sarah Matott: 719-276-7648, [email protected]