Tubing the Yampa – CLOSED SUMMER 2018

Here in the Yampa Valley, there are few summer activities more fun or popular than tubing the Yampa River. Float along at just the right pace, add in a few rapids for some adventure, and you’ve got the perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy. Buy your own tubes or rent from a local provider to join in the summer fun!

Buy Your Own Tube

Tubes are available for sale at local vendors for affordable prices. Walgreens and Walmart have a wide selection of tubes and various pool floaties while Ski Haus and One Stop Ski Shop sell heavier duty tubes for a little more money. Take them over to any gas station to inflate before heading down to Rotary Park or Fetcher Pond to put in.

Backdoor Sports

Backdoor Sports is located right on the banks of the Yampa River on Yampa Street in downtown Steamboat. Their perfect location makes them the ideal tube rental (and only) tube rental facility in town. Backdoor rents out tubes, water shoes, and they will provide transportation from the take out spot.

As a part of Backdoor’s dedication to the well-being of the Yampa River, they only send out a certain number of people on tubes per day. It is highly recommended that you call beforehand to make reservations, particularly if you are a group of 10 or larger. They can be reached at 970.879.6249.

Yampa River Safety Tips

Please keep at the top of your mind that nature and rivers are unpredictable. Respect nature, respect the river, and consider the tips below when planning your tubing excursion.

  • Wear a life jacket; especially young children and minors
  • We recommend children be at least 5 years old or older to tube
  • Minors should always be accompanied by an adult
  • Look up the river report before tubing and make sure the flow is under 700 cubic feet per second. Water usually runs higher and faster in spring and early summer
  • Secure any lose items that you have with you to your tube or body; like your sunglasses or keys
  • Apply sunscreen liberally
  • Wear close-toed shoes that won’t come off easily
  • Be sure to bring warm, dry clothing with you when you get out of the water
  • Don’t drink and tube