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Routt County in photos: July 13, 2013

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Balloon Glow. Submitted by: Justin Saunders

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A party of rafters from the National Park Service, Moffat County and Yampa River State Park are dwarfed by the landscape of Yampa Canyon, 600 feet below in Dinosaur National Monument. The photograph was taken from Wagon Wheel Point. Photo by Tom Ross

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A raft punches through a wave at the top of Warm Springs Rapid in Yampa Canyon on June 9. Photo by Tom Ross

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The annual rise and fall of the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument defines a unique ecosystem where cacti bloom in unison with wild roses and sunflowers along the river bank. Photo by Tom Ross

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Kent Vertrees, of The Friends of the Yampa, steers a paddle boat down the ancient sandstone canyons carved by the Yampa River in Moffat County. Photo by Tom Ross

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George Wendt, founder and owner of OARS rafting company, recalls a day 48 years ago when a mud and rock slide changed Warm Springs Rapid (in the background) forever. Susan Bruce

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OARS rafting guide Russell Schubert knows the currents and the moods of the Yampa and Green rivers in Dinosaur National Monument like few others. He can navigate the river’s rapids with finesse while at the same time rowing a heavily loaded 18-foot raft. Photo by Tom Ross

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Paper Bird performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Strings Music Pavilion. Courtesy photo

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View from the tent at the ski area during the storm, river running fast. Submitted by: Allison Alfone

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Good things come to those who wait: Weather clears for the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo on Saturday. Submitted by: Jody Cottier Wells

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From the inside looking out. Submitted by: Jody Cottier Wells

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Hot flower power. Submitted by: Jody Cottier Wells

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Early at the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Justin Saunders

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Balloon Glow. Submitted by: Justin Saunders

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Sunset. Submitted by: Bill Dorr

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Sunny afternoon. Submitted by: Bill Dorr

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Woman at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue deep in water. Submitted by: Bill Dorr

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Hot air balloons light up Saturday evening at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Water over the curb at FM Light & Sons. Submitted by: Bill Dorr

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The water on Lincoln Avenue. Submitted by: Bill Dorr

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McGowan family rests in the shade after the Farmers Market and Art in the Park. Submitted by: Bill Dorr

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Early at the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Justin Saunders

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Early at the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Justin Saunders

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Early at the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Justin Saunders

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Early at the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Justin Saunders

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Balloon Glow. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Balloon Glow. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Balloon Glow. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Submitted by: Liz Norwood

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Submitted by: Liz Norwood

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Submitted by: Liz Norwood

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Submitted by: Liz Norwood

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Submitted by: Liz Norwood

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Submitted by: Liz Norwood

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Submitted by: Liz Norwood

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Submitted by: Liz Norwood

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Julia Savidge, 7, of Boulder, looks at an air plant on display at an Art in the Park booth Saturday. Photo by Matt Stensland

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People looked for shelter as a stormed rolled through the Art in the Park event Saturday at West Lincoln Park. Photo by Matt Stensland

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The food vendors were busy again after the storm rolled through Saturday at Art in the Park. Photo by Matt Stensland

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People attending Art in the Park looked for shelter as a storm rolled through Saturday at West Lincoln Park. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Matt Kelly, of Chicago, plays for the Steamboat Springs rugby team Saturday during the Cowpie Classic tournament at the Ski Town Fields. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Nick Nespeca breaks a tackle during the semifinal match of the Cowpie Classic rugby tournament Saturday at Ski Town Fields. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Lightning out my back door. Submitted by: Rose Santana

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Saturday morning's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Matt Helm

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Saturday morning's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Matt Helm

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Saturday morning's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Matt Helm

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Saturday morning's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Matt Helm

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Saturday morning's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo. Submitted by: Matt Helm

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Corey Rice, 12, shoots a potato gun during the Routt County Redneck Olympics on Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Kay Brooks struggles as she helps her team push a truck during the Routt County Redneck Olympics on Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Eric Casey, 12, pulls a llama during the Routt County Redneck Olympics on Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Sean Bailey pushes a lawn mower during the Routt County Redneck Olympics on Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Sarah Tiedeken tries to tackle a Boulder player during Saturday's Cowpie Classic at Ski Town Fields. Photo by Matt Stensland

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Friday night at the rodeo. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Friday night at the rodeo. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Friday night at the rodeo. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Friday night at the rodeo. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Friday night at the rodeo. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Friday night at the rodeo. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Who wants to be a rodeo clown? Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Who wants to be a rodeo clown? Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Sunrise. It was a rather disappointing morning, considering local balloon companies had no issue launching in almost zero wind. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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The cowgirl. Submitted by: Mark Ruckman

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Rodney McGowen and Kevin Lind build the mudsurfing run for the 2013 Routt County Redneck Olympics on Saturday in Hayden. Submitted by: Wendy Lind

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Rodney McGowen and Kevin Lind build the mudsurfing run for the 2013 Routt County Redneck Olympics on Saturday in Hayden. Submitted by: Wendy Lind

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Rodney McGowen and Kevin Lind build the mudsurfing run for the 2013 Routt County Redneck Olympics on Saturday in Hayden. Submitted by: Wendy Lind

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Rodney McGowen and Kevin Lind build the mudsurfing run for the 2013 Routt County Redneck Olympics on Saturday in Hayden. Submitted by: Wendy Lind

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Hayden rainbows. Submitted by: Julie Smith

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A hot air balloon prepares for takeoff Saturday at Bald Eagle Lake. Photo by Scott Franz

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A balloon floats above Bald Eagle Lake on Saturday as a pilot tests the burners of another hot air balloon on the ground. Photo by Scott Franz

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A hot air balloon takes off as another inflates Saturday at Bald Eagle Lake. Photo by Scott Franz

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A family snaps a photo of themselves in front of a hot air balloon on Saturday at Bald Eagle Lake. Photo by Scott Franz

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A crowd snaps photos of a balloon as it is reflected in the water of Bald Eagle Lake. Photo by Scott Franz

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David Moulton had a good view of the balloons from the top of a basket on Saturday at Bald Eagle Lake. Photo by Scott Franz

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Trey Nelson, of Silverthorne, watches as hot air balloons take off Saturday at Bald Eagle Lake. Photo by Scott Franz

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Noah Moore watches balloons take off Saturday morning at Bald Eagle Lake. Photo by Scott Franz

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Flames roar on Saturday morning as a hot air balloon prepares to take off at Bald Eagle Lake. Photo by Scott Franz

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A balloon is reflected in the water at Bald Eagle Lake. Photo by Scott Franz

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Lisa Jones snaps a photo of a hot air balloon on Saturday morning before it took off near Bald Eagle Lake. Steamboat's Hot Air Balloon Rodeo drew a large crowd that was eager to get snapshots. Photo by Scott Franz

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Friday sunset from Hilton Gulch. Submitted by: Gail Hanley

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Friday sunset from Hilton Gulch. Submitted by: Gail Hanley

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