Just because the mountain is closed and snow has stopped falling "well kind of", that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy gravity and precipitation. No one knows this better than local canoeists, rafters and kayakers, who take to the Yampa River in droves every spring when the snowmelt descends from Mount Werner and beyond. The number of river runners continues to grow in Steamboat and adds a unique flavor to our community. People come here for it from around the state once word has spread about the river.
The Paddling Life Invitational is on Monday, May 31st, 2010, celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. While the Yampa River Festival is on Saturday through Sunday, May 29th-30th, 2010, a water-based version of its winter cousin, commemorates its 30th incarnation. The invitational drawssome of the world's best kayakers to town, while the river festival is open to anyone and offers downhome, old-fashioned grassroots fun.
Providing a weekend of fun for the whole family, the river festival offers everything from downriver raft races and slalom competitions to a crazy river dog contest, Dutch oven cook-off and silent auction bluegrass party.
We're pretty lucky to have such a resource flowing through our town; Steamboat Springs, Colorado!