Hundreds expected at Gore Canyon whitewater race this weekend
August 20, 2009
With hundreds of racers and spectators expected to attend the Gore Canyon Race on the Colorado River this weekend, Bureau of Land Management officials are working closely with the race organizers, Union Pacific Railroad and Grand County.
The Gore Race is a national competitive whitewater race through Gore Canyon southwest of Kremmling.
The Confluence Road from the Trough Road to the put-in for the Gore Canyon run will be closed to traffic Saturday, Aug. 22, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Race organizers are providing a free shuttle between the Pumphouse Campground and the Gore Canyon put-in.
The Launch #3 area at Pumphouse will be closed to public use starting Friday, Aug. 21, so the area can be used for parking and staging for the event. The closure will be in effect until noon on Sunday, Aug. 23.
Only race participants, spectators, and event personnel will be allowed into the Launch #3 area during the closure. Launch #1 and #2 will remain open throughout the weekend for general public use not associated with the race.
Camping will be allowed at Pumphouse in both developed campsites and at designated dispersed camping areas. Additional dispersed camping will be allowed as usual along the Trough Road.
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BLM encourages using sustainable camping practices, such as camping in established areas, keeping vehicles on roads and packing out trash.
“We’re reminding everyone to stay off of the railroad tracks in Gore Canyon and keep their dogs leashed,” said Dave Stout, Kremmling BLM Field Manager.
Stout also points out that the Pumphouse Recreation Area will be occupied by high numbers of racers and spectators this weekend.
For those looking to camp away from the race activity, a limited number of campsites are available farther down river at BLM’s Radium Site.
This will be the 20th year for the race. Race organizers obtain a special recreation use permit from BLM and coordinate closely with BLM, Union Pacific and Grand County.
For more information about the Gore Canyon Race, visit http://gorecanyon.com