UPDATE: San Juan River Pagosa Paddle ’24!

Lots of folks tubing down the San Juan River through Pagosa Springs… Pic taken 6/30/2022

Lots of folks tubing down the San Juan River through Pagosa Springs… Pic taken 6/30/2022 (click on title of post to see image)

Pagosa Paddle ’24 white water races will be Saturday, May 11 through downtown Pagosa Springs!

Brought to you by “Friends of the Upper San Juan River.org” and a number of sponsors including Pagosa Weather’s Storm Sponsor The Springs Resort, Blizzard Sponsor Ski & Bow Rack, Snowman Sponsor Terry’s Ace, Snowball Sponsor Pagosa Rafting Outfitters and Snowball Sponsor Pagosa Mountain Sports. Thank you!

UPDATE: The San Juan River has come down a bit over the last few days due to cooling temperatures. The river is running about 650 cubic feet per second. Expect that amount to increase in the afternoon as compared to the morning as the temperatures increase during the day in the mountains. The water temperature will be in the upper 30s to low 40s.

On Saturday May 11, the San Juan River will have a surge of boaters competing for cash and prizes during the annual Pagosa Paddle whitewater races. Not up for paddling? Come out to cheer on these athletes as they go through the downtown water features that make up the whitewater park on the San Juan River through downtown Pagosa Springs.   Spectators can watch the action from above at the Overlook viewing point, alongside the almost famous river walk or from the healing waters at The Springs Resort.

Friends of the Upper San Juan River is again collaborating with  The Springs Resort during their Pints, Pools and Paddles event. All Pagosa Paddle participants will receive a FREE soaking pass and a T-shirt. Even better, the first 25 athletes to register will receive a full access pass to Pints, Pools and Paddles which means soaking and beer tasting after the race!!!

Register here: Pagosa Paddle Registration

Registration grants athletes access to all races and all disciplines for only one entry fee. Slalom, Sprint, H2H and finish the day with a fun “anything goes” Down River parade/race.

Categories include: R-4 raft teams, Hard shell kayak, Inflatable kayak, SUP.

Race Schedule and details:

Below is a preliminary schedule and is subject to change based on participation: 

Slalom, Sprint and H2H all stage and start at Town Park  and follow the river 1,000 feet to Centennial Park. Down River race starts at Town Park for 1 mile to Yamaguchi. Shuttle services provided by Pagosa Outside and Pagosa Rafting Outfitters for all races.

  • 8-9 Registration and Check in Town Park. 
  • 9:15 Safety talk and captains meeting
  • 9:30 Slalom (timed individual best of 2 runs) Order R4, HSK, IK, SUP
  • Around 11am Sprint (all disciplines, individual start, 1 run-best time)  
  • Around 1pm H2H (All disciplines, single elimination-boater cross style)
  • 4 pm Down River Race/Parade-Anything goes-costumes and safe shenanigans.  Launch is mass start by discipline
  • 5-6 pm Awards ceremony at The Springs Resort Pints Party.  All participants will be able to attend the awards.  $20 Pint tickets will be available to purchase on site.

Weather for Pagosa Paddle

Saturday is going to be Mostly Cloudy to Cloudy with only glimmers of the sun. There is a chance for scattered rainshowers throughout the day with odds increasing in the afternoon when there is also a chance for thunderstorms to move through the area.

Temperatures for registration will be in the mid-40s to upper 40s. At the time of the first event, temp will have warmed up to upper 40s to low 50s. High temperatures for the day will be in the mid 60s around 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

Winds will be variable throughout the day at 5 to 10mph with gusts to 12 to 18mph. Possibly higher gusts near thunderstorms.

We wish all the competitors all the best!

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I grew up in Montana where my love of the mountains is rooted. I was in the Air Force, forecasting aviation weather, for 24 years. I had eight assignments and my favorites were Colorado, Alaska, Korea, and Germany. I deployed a number of times including to Iraq and Afghanistan. After RV traveling for nine years, we found paradise in Pagosa. Here we enjoy playing outside in the spectacular San Juan mountains!
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