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$25 per person plus 5%

river use tax

Hours of Operation:

Tubing daily from 10:30am until 3:30pm. Please

note that we are required to be very strict about these times.

Best times to go tubing:
Your experience will always be better if you can depart before noon,

there are less crowds, less chance of afternoon thunder storms while

on the river, and there is less chance of us being sold out.


  • Required for groups over 25 people

  • No reservations for groups (of 25 or more) leaving after 1pm

  • Must have all waivers signed and presented at reservation time

  • Payment in one form (cash, check, or credit card) for entire group


1.  Backdoor Sports tubing may be closed due to a variety of reasons:

Water level too low, water temp too high, amount of dissolved oxygen

too low. These are all conditions detrimental to the aquatic life and

Backdoor Sports may be closed temporarily per our agreement with

the City of Steamboat Springs and Colorado Department of Wildlife.

2.  Water level too high – Backdoor Sports has determined that water

levels above 700 cubic feet per second are not safe for commercial

tubing.  Age restrictions may be implicated dependent on flows.

3.  Life jackets are ALWAYS recommended and at higher levels they

are required.  Life jackets are required for ages 11 and younger.


4.  Backdoor Sports reserves the right to decline service to persons we

deem physically or otherwise impaired.


5.  Shoes (not flip flops, Crocs, sliders etc) are required.

River shoes are available at Backdoor Sports for $5.


Tubing starts from the Backdoor Sports shop location at 841 Yampa

Street, tubers will float approximately 2 miles down river to just past

the James Brown Soul Center Of The Universe bridge where there is a

large sign directing tubers to exit the river and a takeout. Tubers are

then shuttled back to Backdoor Sports.

The time of the tube ride varies dependent on the flow of the river,

generally in peak tubing season the trip is just over an hour.

Sorry, no flip-flops allowed, shoes/sandals with a heel strap or closed

heel are required. Backdoor sports rents river shoes for 5$ should you

need them.

If you are a wearer of sunglasses or prescription eyewear a safety

strap is highly recommended for your glasses so as to prevent them

from falling off the head and becoming lost in the river. Backdoor

Sports does retail Croakies brand safety straps which are available at

the tubing desk. Sunscreen is also generally a very good idea to wear,

Backdoor Sports does retail sunscreen should you need to pick some

up before departure.



 The Friends of the Yampa  (                 )  has dedicated  time and


resources to make sure you have the ability to easily

determine what conditions are, on the Yampa River in Steamboat 

Springs, and makes recommendations for appropriate activities.

Remember... our precious Yampa River is a wild, mountain river and

needs to be used with respect, caution and care.  

Please reference the link for the Know Before You Go website to 

gain some insight.  


Tube the beautiful Yampa River in Steamboat Springs

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