2015 Big Snow Dance Huge Success

Friends of the Yampa’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Big Snow Dance, was a resounding success this year, thanks to a new location at host Sake2U in downtown Steamboat Springs. The event was held Saturday, November 21, to celebrate the start of the winter season and help raise money for projects on the Yampa […]

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Warm Springs Film: A Yampa River Awareness Project. Nov 7th.

Warm Springs Rapid is one of the West’s classic whitewater experiences. Located in the deep canyons of Dinosaur National Monument on the Yampa River, the rapid is both feared and loved. Nearly 50 years ago, heavy rain produced a large debris flow that burst from side canyons and into the river creating what we know […]

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Pro paddler Bren Orton gives props to Steamboat’s YRF

Pro paddler Bren Orton, European Junior Freestyle champion and Bronze Medalist at the Worlds, reflects on his time in Steamboat Springs for the 2014 Yampa River Festival. He called it one of his favorite events to date, and we have to agree. 🙂 View the full article HERE!  

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2014 Yampa River Festival Preliminary Schedule

Friends of the Yampa’s 34th Annual Yampa River Festival! May 30-31, Steamboat Springs, CO (Brought to you by Steamboat in the Summertime) Schedule of Events: Friday: • 12-6pm: Registration/Gear Swap, Backdoor Sports (841 Yampa St.) • 5pm: Paddling Life Fish Creek Race (Cash purse!) Saturday: • 9 a.m.: 5K Running Race (Little Toots Park) • 9:30 […]

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Join us for the 2013 Big Snow Dance at Carl’s Tavern!

Our annual fundraiser, the Big Snow Dance, will be held at 7pm on November 23rd at Carl’s Tavern in downtown Steamboat Springs. We will have live entertainment from Highland View, and a silent auction full of fantastic goods and services. This year, Carl’s is generously donating 10% of all sales from 7pm until close to […]

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YRAP 2013 Recap

June 2013: When I received an email thread asking for volunteers to run a shuttle and join Friends of the Yampa on the second half of this year’s Yampa River Awareness Project, I quickly jumped at the opportunity. Friends of the Yampa is a nonprofit advocacy group whose mission is to “protect and enhance the […]

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Thanks to all who participated in the 2013 Yampa River Festival!

It was a fantastic event, and we are grateful to our sponsors, volunteers, participants and spectators for making it happen. Race results have been posted to our Facebook Page here (and give us a thumbs up while you’re there!) A HUGE THANK YOU TO: American Whitewater B & K Distributing Backdoor Sports Big Agnes Buffalo […]

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Big Snow Dance

Our Big Snow Dance is back this Saturday night and we’d love to see you and your friends come out for our signature fundrasing event. This year we’ve partnered with the Backcountry Ball uniting these two great parties into one big throwdown. Doors open at 7pm at Olympian Hall and we have a solid line […]

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CONGO: The Grand Inga Project

Friends of the Yampa presents CONGO at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. Tuesday October 30 at 7:30pm. The movie is free, but a small donation is requested. If you haven’t seen it already, its a must watch as it documents an expedition in Africa into one of the largest rapids in the world. The videography […]

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Yampa River Clean-ups

Thanks to the almost 50 people who came out to help with the Yampa River clean-up! Next clean up is Sept 28th at noon. Show up at Back Door Sports and get ready to walk the river. Hope you can make it! We’ve been doing these clean ups for 25 years now, and we are […]

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Friends of the Yampa to Benefit From Odell Brewing Taster Trays

The Friends of the Yampa has been chosen, along with the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association, as a beneficiary of the Odell Brewing Charity of the Month. All proceeds from taster tray sales in the tasting room at the brewery will go to benefit both of these Colorado non-profit organizations. We are proud to share […]

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2012 Yampa River Festival

The Friends of the Yampa announces the 32nd Annual Yampa River Festival May 26-28 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., culminating with the Paddling Life Pro Invitational on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

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Final Little Snake Plan Prioritizes Drilling over Wildlands and Wildlife

Craig, CO (October 14, 2011)– The Bureau of Land Management released a Final Resource Management Plan (RMP) and Record of Decision for the Little Snake region that shows a vast improvement from Bush Administration draft plans but continues to prioritize oil and gas development over all other uses. The clean air, outstanding wildlife habitat and free- flowing rivers in northwest Colorado will continue to face threats from oil and gas drilling in the final management plan released today.

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August Update – River Clean Up, Important Dates and Updates

Dates to remember: This Monday, August 22 from 9:00 am – 12:00 we are hosting our first RIVER CLEAN UP of the season. All Friends are invited to help in picking up after a busy season on the river. The Yampain town will be our focus. Meet at Backdoor Sports. Wear adequate river shoes and […]

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Hot Routt Music Festival: July 23rd at the Sweetwater Grill in Steamboat

Hello friends! The fine fellas from Missed The Boat have organized a fun-filled day on the river, with live music from 11am to 11pm on Saturday, July 23rd. A portion of the beer sales will benefit Friends of the Yampa. Come support your local musicians and your favorite river advocacy group. 🙂 Tickets are $22 […]

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Great weekend on the Yampa!

Thanks to all who came out for the 31st Annual Yampa River Festival over Memorial Day Weekend! It was a great success and fun was had by all. Huge thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and organizers! Results and photos will be posted here soon.                  

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2011 Yampa River Festival

It’s been a wetter than normal spring in the Rockies, and that’s just wetting people’s appetite for the 31st Annual Yampa River Fesitval and sixth annual Paddling Life Invitational on May 26-30 on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Come on down and take part in the action, whether it’s joining in the downriver […]

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Wild and Free Flowing or Diverted and Dewatered?

CONTACT: Kent Vertrees Email: kent@steamboatpowdercats.com March 16, 2011 Wild and Free Flowing or Diverted and Dewatered? A Familiarization Trip about Colorado’s Yampa River Steamboat Springs, CO (March 16, 2011): The 270-mile Yampa River in northwest Colorado is the last remaining major free flowing river in the seven state Colorado River basin. Friends of the Yampa […]

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Yampa River Work Planned for Charlie’s Hole

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date:  Thursday, November 11, 2010 Yampa River Work Planned for Charlie’s Hole The City of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department will be working with contractors to do maintenance work on Charlie’s Hole in the Yampa River.  On Thursday, November 11, 2010 crews will begin working in the river […]

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October/November 2010

We have now reorganized FOY, electing a Board of Directors and applying for 501c3 status, which will help us immensely in our cause. The Fiends of the Yampa’s (FOY) mission is to protect and enhance the river’s environmental and recreational integrity through stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships. How to Join? You can join our cause […]

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Saturday November 20th – the Big Snow Dance!

Big Snow Dance: We’re holding a family themed Snow Dance and silent auction on Nov. 20 at Sweetwater Grill from 5 p.m. till the cows come home. Enjoy a pasta dinner, games of chance, a silent auction, ski movies and raucous dancing to Missed the Boat. We need donations valued at $100 or more, so […]

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September 17, 2010

A big thanks to all those who helped out with the Steamboat Springs Yampa River Clean up organized by the Friends of the Yampa. With over 100 people of all ages cleaning up, the river and the riparian habitat in downtown Steamboat Springs is refreshed once again. A big thanks to the Yampa Valley Science […]

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Yampa River Festival and Paddling Life Pro Invitational 2010

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Yampa River Festival. In 2008, we combined our efforts with the Paddling Life Pro Invitational and today we are gearing up for the best River Fest to date. Here are is an outline of this years festivities. We encourage everyone who is in Steamboat during the Memorial […]

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