River Adventures in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Steamboat Spring, Colorado is a classic, western river town. With the Yampa River flowing through it's downtown corridor, it is easy to see why fly fishing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing and river tubing play an important role in the lifestyle and recreation choice for all visitors and locals alike.

Allow us at Blue Sky West to help guide you, your family and guests on one of our river adventures. Our permits for white water rafting, fly fishing and river tubing on the Yampa, Colorado, North Platte, Eagle, Bear and Elk River will get you in the water and provide you a classic Colorado experience.

River tubing on the Yampa River

Rafting, fly fishing and river tubing UPDATE - Spring '06

This past winter was one of our snowiest in over a decade, which translates into the potential for a great runoff and a fantastic river season. The rivers we raft, fish and tube on here in the Steamboat area are mostly free flowing where no dams impede on the flow of the river. The rivers rise and fall depending on how fast the snow melts off.

April, May, June and until mid-July are our highest waters, translating into great rafting. Our trips on the North Platte, Eagle, Colorado and Yampa will be in prime shape all during this time. For a quick 1/4 day run, the Yampa Town Run is your best shot for getting in and out of the water. The North Platte through North Gate Canyon (Class III) is our classic full day trip and a must if you have a day to spend with us. The Cross Mountain Canyon (Class IV) stretch of the Yampa is our wildest whitewater but may be to high for us to offer trips until it recedes to a lower flow, sometime in June. If you are visiting from early June on and want a whitewater trip of a lifetime, ask about this trip. Click here to view our white water rafting trips.

Fly fishing will be available but limited due to the high waters. During April, May and early June, waters are the highest so we will be offering trips on the Stagecoach Tailwaters, some high alpine lakes and float trips on the Yampa when the water clear up, post runoff. Click here to view our guided fishing trips.

Tubing won't start until the Yampa River in Steamboat recedes to a lower flow sometime in July. Click here to view our tubing information.

Boddy Pizza Rapid (Class IV) in Cross Mountain Canyon, Yampa River.

Call us at (888) 810-8747 or locally at (970) 871-4260 or email us with any question or request you may have: johnduty@buckingrainbow.com

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Blue Sky West operates under special use permits from the BLM, Routt - Medicine Bow National Forest, Colorado State Parks and the City of Steamboat Springs. Blue Sky West is an equal opportunity service provider.

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