Every Memorial Day Weekend, the small community of Buena Vista, CO reconnects after a long winter of snow, ice, and cold. The Arkansas River is now flowing through the valley and it’s time to celebrate. Locals and tourists alike will once again gather their SUPs, whitewater rafts, and kayaks to meet at the various put-ins of the Ark. This year, the event known as “Paddlefest” will kick off on May 27th . The occasion will celebrate all the Arkansas River has to offer and the friendships built through participating in various whitewater sports.
Paddlefest offers something for every age and skill level from whitewater rafting competitions to live music. Experienced water sport enthusiasts will participate in Class II-IV SUP, kayaking and rafting. For flatwater folks, clinics, demos, and competitions will be offered—all ability levels welcome. Land lovers can enjoy mountain bike riding, disc golf, gear clinics, live music, and the ever popular beer garden. Visitors new to the area can stroll up Buena Vista’s Main Street and check out the local brewery or distillery. Several shops will be holding sales and specials including Colorado Kayak Supply Main Street. Proceeds from the weekend will benefit the Chaffee County Search and Rescue North.
If you are interested in registering for an event during Paddlefest, you can do so here. Event schedules and a list of musical performers can also be found on the website. Here you can also sign up as a volunteer during the weekend. More information can be found by contacting Colorado Kayak Supply Main Street in Buena Vista or by speaking to an adventure expert at 877-RAFTING. AVA Rafting will be offering whitewater rafting along with many other activities during Paddlefest and throughout the summer season.