Topo Designs x Magnetic Destination Guides: Steamboat Springs – Beers, Tubing, Waterfalls, and Chilling

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Topo Mask and Tech Shirt at Cabo Taco, one of our go to spots in Steamboat. So with the festival season being a total bust and travel by air kind of sketchy at best, we decided to stay in Colorado this summer/fall for some local adventures. So we partnered up with […]

Topo Mask and Tech Shirt at Cabo Taco, one of our go to spots in Steamboat.

Topo Mask and Tech Shirt at Cabo Taco, one of our go to spots in Steamboat.

So with the festival season being a total bust and travel by air kind of sketchy at best, we decided to stay in Colorado this summer/fall for some local adventures. So we partnered up with our favorite Colorado outfitter, Topo Designs, geared up with some of the latest pieces (and some of our classics) and headed for the hills, err mountains.

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Our first stop for these guides was Steamboat Springs, a winter wonderland from December to March for skiers/boarders looking for something a little off the beaten path but still flush with amenities and watering holes. In the summer, Steamboat has just as much to offer in that hospitable mountain town kind of way – from hiking to tubing to SUPing to drinking beers; it’s all here.

Let’s start with the Yampa River.

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Tubing – This is probably one of the summer’s most prominent attractions; with a couple of tube rental spots right in town at the banks of the Yampa, it’s a no brainer to grab some craft suds and float your ass down the river. The tubing is better the earlier in the summer you go as the runoff is still firing, although the water is a bit chillier. We went right at the end of the season just before Labor Day, and while the water was a bit low, it was still moving along swiftly enough, but a bit shallow, so you just had to watch your ass for rocks.

Fly Fishing – If you fancy yourself a true outdoorsman/woman, or think you might have the knack, fly fishing is quite popular. It’s hard, it takes practice, and the gear and guided trips are not cheap. We are not quite there yet, but you do you, Captain Montana.

SUP – For those in the know, this means Stand Up Paddleboard, and it’s a lot of fun if you are looking for some nonmotorized water sports. If you have the guts, you can “surf” the river when it’s a bit higher, but make sure you know what you are doing, have the right board, and have all the right gear (helmet, life jacket, etc.) as this is not for the rooks. If you are looking for a more leisurely cruise, say around a lake, there are a couple of spots nearby that are perfect within thirty minutes.

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