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June 04 - 05, 2022

Animas River Days

Santa Rita Whitewater Park • 107 Camino del Rio DurangoCO  81301 Organized by Animas River Days $25 instant refund on this event with gift card.

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REGISTRATION DISCOUNT CODES 2022: athletes competing in two events use "2ND EVENT" FOR 10% OFF, 3+ events use "3RDEVENT" FOR 15% off registration fees!

The Animas River Days festival started in 1983 when local paddling legend Nancy Wiley put on the first whitewater rodeo in Durango, CO. As time went on, Animas River Days has drawn paddlers from all around the world to its events.

In the past, Durango’s Whitewater Park has hosted the National Freestyle Kayaking Championships (2021), the U.S. National team trials for freestyle, slalom, and wild water events as well as the U.S. National Championships in slalom and open canoe slalom. From 1989 to 1996, Durango was also the host of the Champion International Whitewater Slalom Series.

Our world class whitewater park includes key features including Smelter Rapid, Corner Pocket, Ponderosa Wave, and Clocktower. This year we have higher than normal snow pack and are expecting a near high-water event!

Pro-athletes from Jackson Kayak, Badfish, Liquid Logic, Red Bull, Pyranha, Hala and SOL have been known to compete at Animas River Days. We also have many talented local paddlers who will show off their skills during the events!

Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned pro, Animas River Days' schedule of events will inspire you to live active, healthy lives while also keeping our rivers and environment clean and safe.

Event details and schedule

ARD 2022 Race Schedule:

Saturday 6/4

Canoe & Kayak Slalom 8-10 am (Athlete Meeting at 7:45 am)

Downriver SUP Race 10-11 am (Athlete Meeting at 9:45)

R4 Raft Slalom 11- 12:30 (Athlete Meeting at 10:45)*

Boater Cross 1-2:30 (Athlete Meeting at 12:30)

SUP/SURF COMP 2:45-4:30 (Athlete Meeting at 2:30)

Parade Viewing Party 4:30-6:30

Sunday 6/5

**Time are approximate. We will move through classes as the previous one finishes, so please be to the park in plenty of time.**

Athlete Meeting for all at 9:45

Jr. Freestyle Kayak 10-11

Women’s Freestyle Kayak 11-12


Men’s Freestyle Kayak 12:30-1:30

Each Event (with the exception of Raft Slalom*) will have the following classes/run order:

Juniors Girls

Junior Boys

Women’s Open

Women’s Pro

Men’s Open

Men’s Pro

*Raft Teams will consist of 4 people in a standard raft between 12-14’. Teams can be co-ed and will race in a single class. Boats will not be provided.


June 04 - 05, 2022

Saturday, Sunday

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Santa Rita Whitewater Park

107 Camino del Rio DurangoCO  81301

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