During the summer, Steamboatians love to take advantage of that crisp mountain water that runs right through town. The Yampa and Elk Rivers are home to endless fun such as tubing, rafting, and kayaking. Hit the water for a fun day of learning to barrel roll and navigate your way through some intense rapid sections. Here’s some information on preferred vendors.

Mountain Sports Kayak School

Learn from the best of the best at Mountain Sports Kayak School. Owner Barry Smith is a long-time kayaker who has been featured on National Geographic.Together with his experience team, they accept kayakers of all ages and abilities to try their various classes. Start with the “Never Ever” class and work up to the “Rolling” tricks course. All equipment is provided for you. Give them a call to make your reservations today! Just dial 970.879.8794 or you can jump online and visit www.mountainsportskayak.com.

Backdoor Sports Ltd.

With an ideal location along the banks of the Yampa River, Backdoor Sports is the place to go for your various water needs! Since 1986, the Backdoor team has been outfitting backcountry and water enthusiasts with whatever you need. Yes, that sure does include kayaks too! They offer rentals so you can venture down the Yampa with your group. Give them a call for reservations and more information at 970.879.6249.