2015 marks the 67th anniversay of FIBArk, the nation’s oldest whitewater festival and Salida’s signature event. Since 1949, every June during the Spring snow runoff, Salida has hosted FIBArk, “First in Boating on the Arkansas.”
Stand Up Paddling has exploded in popularity over the last few years, and it’s huge here in Colorado. Veteran river rats are rediscovering the adventure of Class I-III rivers that may not pose much of a challenge while sitting down, but when standing up they present a whole new set of challenges and adventure.
Calling this a whitewater paddling event may be generous, but saying it is one of the most fun events of FIBArk would be right on. The Hooligan Race is open to anything that floats that’s not a boat.
Salida Colorado is located 2.5 hours from Denver. Take the Beautiful drive through Pike and the White River National Forest in a Sportsmobile.
There are many more events, food, and music at the FIBArk Festival. For more info check out FIBArk.com