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 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. Alongside the rapid the Yampa River has also seen many of river running's early days. From early do it yourselfers to now, Warm Springs is a story full of history, culture and a river that has captured the heart of boatmen and women for generations. And this only the beginning.