Steamboat A to Z: Tube the Yampa/ Tennis |

Steamboat A to Z: Tube the Yampa/ Tennis

T Tube the Yampa!

Floating the town stretch of the Yampa River in an inner tube is one of the most popular summer pastimes in Steamboat Springs. Just play by the rules to preserve the river’s fragile ecosystem (no glass, littering, Styrofoam coolers, nudity, dogs or alcohol). You can go on your own or with one of several commercial outfitters downtown offering everything from tube use to transportation. Bonus: Try to make it through the C-hole by Bud Werner Memorial Library upright. “It’s become a family ritual that my kids beg me to do every year,” says local river guide Kent Vertrees. “It’s a big part of the Steamboat summer experience.”

Sidebar: Tennis!

For work on your backhand, the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs (970-879-8400; offers six cushioned indoor hard courts, four outdoor hard courts, and six outdoor hydro-court clay courts near the base of the ski area, adjacent to the Meadows Parking Lot. Spend time working on your own with a ball machine, knock the ball around for fun or take a lesson with a pro. The city also offers two courts on a first-come basis at Howelsen Hill.

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