River Races


The Main Events at RiverFest!

Everyone who comes to the Ridgway RiverFest has a chance to get WET and enjoy the river. You can wade in the eddy and along the riverbanks or play on your watercraft in the middle of the river. For those who are more competitive, we have a few river races you can join.

Junk of the Unc

Thrills and spills await brave boaters as they maneuver their junk craft through whitewater rapids, and others’ junk, toward the 0.5 mile finish line.  Winners must cross the line with most of their junk intact. Get tips and lots of information on what it takes to compete in this wacky race on the Junk of the Unc page.

Stand Up Paddle Board Race

This race debuted in 2015 and was a huge hit. A test of balance, this river race also starts at Rollans Park and ends at Dallas Creek in Ridgway State Park, 3 miles downstream.

Hard Shells Race

This hard shell watercraft race starts at Rollans Park and ends 3 miles downstream at Dallas Creek, Ridgway State Park.

Inflatable Race

The inflatables round out the river race series from Rollans Park to Ridgway State Park.


Race Registration

Racers register at the UWP Booth on the day of RiverFest, between 9 and 10 a.m. in Rollans Park, Ridgway, Colorado.


$20 for 1 race

$30 for multiple races

$5 for each additional boat member

FREE for festival sponsors ($100 or higher sponsorship levels)


Watercraft, PFD, Helmet, Registration Fee


Get a FREE t-shirt when you turn in your race bib

$10 for each additional t-shirt (discounted from $15)

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