The 8th Annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival (RGWF) features kayak, stand up paddle board, raft, and river board competitions along with other events to promote the outdoors and an active lifestyle. The Arkansas River roars through the Royal Gorge and immediately enters Cañon City. The Whitewater Park is in the western portion of Cañon City, just a little over a mile from the end of the Royal Gorge. The RGWF celebrates the Arkansas River and highlights the many recreational opportunities it presents. Not only will you enjoy the festival event but there is plenty of food, beer, vendors, and entertainment for the entire family.