A year ago the popular activity of tubing on the Yampa River in the Steamboat Springs area wasn’t an option.
The outlook for a major change in Colorado’s drought is uncertain even though holiday storms have improved the mountain snowpack, a climate researcher said Thursday.
It’s a well known summertime tradition, but starting Wednesday — the first day of summer — the Yampa River through Steamboat Springs is closed to tubing and rafting.
Gov. John Hickenlooper is doling out nearly $30 million in outdoor recreation funds for open space, outdoor recreation and trail projects centered around river corridors.
Canoe? Check. Paddle? Check. Life preserver? Check. Epic whitewater conditions? Maybe next year.
The federal government is opening 90 percent of the Little Snake Area to drilling while setting limits on other scenic areas in northwestern Colorado, limits that conservationists say are too little too late.
The Yampa River is finally expected to officially open for tubing this year.
The rivers and creeks in north-central Colorado are still running high and fast from the melting snow, so Routt County authorities have extended the ban on tubing.
Monday was the hottest day of the year in the state, prompting flood advisories and warnings for parts of northern and western Colorado, officials said.
The flooding in the high country has started and high water will be with around for awhile.