Today marks the release of an inspiring, wild ride down the Yampa River documented by our friends
at Rig to Flip
. Warm Springs is their latest film
featuring AW staff and friends from all over Colorado, and delivers a rich and gorgeous portrait
of one of the West’s last truly wild rivers through the lens of its most famous rapid, Warm
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 today as Warm Springs Rapid. River rafting
was still in its early days at that time and one of the first boatman attempting to navigate the
Warm Springs was thrown into the rapid and drowned.
Since then the rapid has mellowed but still occupies a position of fable and nostalgia in the
stories of river lore. Warm Springs is a story full of history, culture and a river that has
captured the heart of boatmen and women for generations.