American Whitewater

2018 Gore Festival: Aug 24th - Aug 26th, 2018

The Gore Canyon Festival is the premiere whitewater event in Colorado. Focused around the Class V downriver race through its namesake Gore Canyon, the Gore Canyon Festival has brought the world's elite whitewater athletes, families, anglers and river enthusiasts together for an awesome end of season event celebrating the upper Colorado River.

In addition to the famous Class V downriver races, the Gore Fest also provides opportunities for family fun -  floating through class II/III Hartman Canyon (aka Little Gore Canyon), a freestyle rodeo at the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, and SUP cross and downriver races.

Event services, including camping, restrooms, food, and entertainment, will be located at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), 10 miles downstream of the BLM's Pumphouse Recreation Site. Competitors and attendees are encouraged to join the festival at Rancho del Rio, where all event activities will be coordinated, including race logistics and shuttles, movie screenings, live music, food and drinks, and the great raffle! Entry into the festival grounds is $10 for the weekend, and includes free camping!

Gore Fest Event Schedule


Long Boat K-1 (longer than 9’) Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon

Short Boat K-1 (shorter or equal 9’) Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon

Raft Team Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon

Stand Up Paddle Cross – Pumphouse/ Gore Canyon Whitewater Park


Downriver Stand Up Paddle Race(11’ board maximum): Pumphouse to Radium

Freestyle Rodeo – Kayak Pumphouse/Gore Canyon Whitewater Park

Freestyle Rodeo - Other Pumphouse/Gore Canyon Whitewater Park

Competitors, to register for your events:

Please select your main race from the choices below. Each main race entry includes a t-shirt, insurance, BLM fees, and a discounted one-year membership with American Whitewater. Each main race early registration is $45. Additional Event registrations are available for $10 each.

Refunds are allowed through July 31, 2017. If you need help with registration, a refund, please call Laura Wilson at 828-586-1930 or email her @

Railroad: absolutely no one allowed on the railroad tracks besides official safety team members. All spectators should stay river left.
Gore Canyon Put-In: No cars to be parked at put-in until noon day of race. If you are boating in to spectate please either have a shuttle driver or use shuttles provided.

Entry into the festival is $10. Camping and access to the music, films, and other festivities are included in that cost. All camping is on a first come first serve basis. There is a designated trailer camping area for those camping in and RV or trailer. Reservations for camping are not available