Vail Whitewater Race Series


Contact the Sports Department

700 S Frontage Rd. E, Vail, CO

Phone: 970-479-2280

Fax: 970-479-2281

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The Vail Recreation District Sports Department is located in the Vail Tennis Center on the second floor. From I-70, take the Vail exit and head east on South Frontage Road.

Vail Whitewater Series

Online Registration 

Tuesdays | May 9 - June 6, 2023 | 5 p.m. | Vail Village


  Series Registration Single Race Preregistration Race Day Registration Race Times
Kayak & SUP $70 $17


5 P.M.

2-Person Raft*Price is for the team $96 $24 $34 5 P.M.

 *Please note, thanks to  we have rafts for participant use in 2023. Raft registration will be limited to 24 boats.

After-Party Schedule

May 9 Whitewater Race #1 Altitude Bar & Grill (Evergreen Lodge) Vail
May 16 Whitewater Race #2 Altitude Bar & Grill (Evergreen Lodge) Vail
May 23 Whitewater Race #3 El Segundo Vail
May 30 Whitewater Race #4 Pazzo's Pizzeria Vail
June 6 Whitewater Race #5 Gravity Haus Vail
June 13 (Minturn race) Downriver Dash Magusto's Minturn

The Vail Recreation District partners with the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, Town of Vail and Alpine Quest Sports to host the annual Vail Whitewater Race Series. The races will be divided between three categories, including kayak (under 9'6"), stand-up paddleboard (SUP) (under 11') and 2-person raft* (under 10') teams with different course challenges every week. The course challenge for each event will be determined the day of the race based on river flows. 

Preregistration is highly recommended. Day-of registration will only be accepted on a space-available basis. Race day bib pickup and registration begins at 4 p.m. at the Vail Whitewater Park at International Bridge and all races begin at 5:20 p.m. (mandatory safety talk and course instructions at 5:10 pm). 

Most races start at the Covered Bridge and end at International Bridge. The last race on June 7 will start at the Amphitheatre Bridge in Ford Park. Short-term gear drop is available at Checkpoint Charlie. Please park in the Vail Village parking structure.

Who can participate?

Everyone! The Vail Whitewater Race Series is open to all 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

2023  RESULTS:

May 9, 2023

May 16, 2023

May 23, 2023

May 30 2023

June 6, 2023

Final 2023 Series Standings

2022  RESULTS:

May 10, 2022
May 17, 2022
May 24, 2022
May 31, 2022
June 7, 2022

Final Series Standings


2021  RESULTS:

May 18, 2021
May 25, 2021
June 1, 2021
June 8, 2021
June 15, 2021

Final Series Standings

2020  RESULTS:

June 2, 2020 Results  

Click HERE for information on the Minturn Downriver Dash on Tuesday, June 13. 

Thanks to our partners that make the 2023 Vail Whitewater Race Series possible!


A huge thanks to our partners: Eagle River Water & Sanitation District, Town of Vail, Bloch and Chapleau Attorneys at Law, Alpine Quest Sports, Altitude Club, Hala, Howard Head Sports Medicine, New Belgium Brewing, Sweet Protection, Optic Nerve, Kokatat, Hyside, YETI

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