STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Conditions on a Colorado river are meeting standards for commercial tubing companies to open their doors for the first time this summer.
Steamboat Pilot & Today reported Monday that parts of the Yampa River flowing through Steamboat Springs have slowed and lowered enough for tubing season to launch.
Backdoor Sports owner Peter Van De Carr says he has sent 24 tubers downriver already, but is limiting operations to older teens and adults depending on daily conditions.
Van De Carr says Yampa is no lazy river and features water drops over rocks and other obstructions.
City and company officials encourage tubers to use life vests on the water at all times.
The river opened for tubing in mid-June last year.