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Important Announcement


Updated April 6: The Vail Recreation District's top priority is the safety and well-being of our residents, guests and employees.

In cooperation with the updated Eagle County Public Health Order plus the Colorado Statewide Stay at Home Order, and in the effort to prevent community spread of COVID-19 and to protect our most vulnerable populations, the Vail Recreation District (VRD) is canceling all programs and events, and closing all VRD facilities, effective March 13 until at least April 30, 2020.

This includes all open gyms, youth sports programs, adult leagues, lessons and clinics, walk-in sports and activities, and private rentals and events.

All VRD facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, including the Imagination Station, Dobson Arena and Vail Gymnastics Center. The Vail Nordic Center pro shop and restaurant are now closed for the season, and we are no longer grooming the trails. If you need to return season rentals, please call 970-476-8366.

With the announced closure of local schools, VRD has made the difficult decision to cancel our after-school program (KidZone) and School's Out Camps starting on Monday, March 16 until classes resume at Red Sandstone Elementary School.

For questions, please contact the respective department or facility listed here. Please understand that staffing will be limited during this time, and responses may be delayed.


Bloch & Chapleau Vail Whitewater Race Series

UPDATE (3/24): Due to current guidelines from the CDC as well as local and state officials, there will be no events held in Vail until May 15. As such, the Vail Whitewater Series will now be comprised of four events taking place on the following dates: May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9. However, because the situation has been changing so rapidly, we have turned off online registration until further notice. To stay up to date on the Vail Whitewater Series, please sign up to receive email updates at the link below.

Online Registration | Registration Form

Tuesdays | May 19 - June 9, 2020 | 5:15 p.m. | Vail Village



  Series Registration Single Race Pre-Registration  Race Day Registration
 Kayak & SUP  $45  $14


 2-Person Raft  $65  $20  $28


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The Vail Recreation District partners with Alpine Quest Sports to host the annual Bloch and Chapleau Vail Whitewater Race Series. The races will be divided between three categories, including kayak (under 9'6"), two-person raft and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) (under 11') with different course challenges every week. The course challenge for each event will be determined the day prior based on river flows. Each week, the two-round format will consist of an individual time trial with results determining the seeding for the second round, head-to-head race.Thanks to Hyside we will have rafts on-site at each event  for R2 teams to use. An after-party will also be hosted in Vail Village each week where product prizes will be awarded to the winners of all three categories and all participants and spectators over 21 will receive a free beer courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company.

Race day registration begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Vail Whitewater Park at International Bridge and all races begin at 5.30 pm (Mandatory Safety talk and couse instructions at 5:15 pm.

The first three races start at the Covered Bridge and end at International Bridge. Short-term gear drop is available at Checkpoint Charlie. Please park in the Vail Village parking structure.

The last race starts at Ford park and ends at International Bridge.  There will be a shuttle form the finish back to Ford Park.


Who can participate?

Everyone! The Vail Whitewater Race Series is open to paddlers ages 16 and up and intermediate to expert abilities. The skills to run class III whitewater in your chosen craft are required. This is a fun way to track your individual performance, progress throughout the series and compete against others. All competitors are entering at their own risk.

For more information, call 970-479-2280 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Complete Rules

Series Point Information


Whitewater after-party schedule:

May 19 - TBD
May 26 - TBD
June 2 - TBD
June 9 -  TBD


Lodging Partners


Evergreen LogoEvergreen Lodge is pleased to offer VRD Mountain Bike and Rafting participants discounted hotel room rates: 

Rates starting at $89.00 for Tues and/or Wed nights!

Rates do not include tax of 9.8% and hotel’s service fee of $15 per night.

Rates are based on single/double occupancy.

Rates are subject to change based on availability – BOOK EARLY FOR THE BEST DEAL IN VAIL!

Please call reservations at 970-476-7810 to book!



Thanks to our partners that make the 2020 Vail Whitewater Race Series possible!


A huge thanks to our partner: Town of Vail, Bloch and Chapleau Attorneys at Law, Alpine Quest SportsAltitude Club, Hala, Howard Head Sports Medicine, New Belgium Brewing, Sweet Protection, Optic Nerve, Kokatat, Hyside