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Yampa River Rafting trips in Colorado are a very special experience.  The Yampa River is WILD. The last undammed river on the Colorado River system. Through the years the Yampa has defied many attempts to dam its free flow, several by congress, and the most formidable in 1965 by Mother Nature. Just after dinner on June 9th, 1965 a flash flood carried tons of rock down Warm Springs draw blocking the river channel. Within twenty-four hours the Yampa took aim and breached the dam, leaving in its wake Warm Springs Rapid, rated among the 10 biggest drops in the country.

Every May and June this river rises to the occasion and CRANKS with plenty of full-bodied waves from the first day to the last. Like many wild things the Yampa also has a serene side… tiger-striped walls that drop 2000 feet sheer to the water, side-canyon waterfalls, Fremont Indian rock art, and Whispering Cave. We will spend 46 miles of this 71-mile trip on the Yampa and then merge with the Green River at Echo Park through Whirlpool Canyon and Split Mountain Gorge. If you feel the need for something rare, something wild and free…the Yampa is waiting.



  • Free flowing river
  • Tiger striped walls & overhangs
  • Spectacular campsites
  • Side canyon hiking and exploring

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by Peter Pollock & Diane Yates on Blank Business Name

The Yampa River, during spring run-off, was our family's 3rd river trip with Holiday. Our first trip was down Westwater when our youngest was 10. Cataract Canyon at high water was our celebration for our daughter's high school graduation. This year, we gathered together to raft the Colorado River watershed's last untamed river, the Yampa, to commemorate our son's college graduation. As an outdoorsy Colorado family who understands the risks of whitewater boating AND the serenity of sleeping to river sounds, we would never consider rafting with any other outfitter. Holiday Guides are walking Wikipedias on natural history, canyon culture and reading the river under all conditions. Plus they are excellent cooks!

by Sarah Michael on Blank Business Name

Dave,Trevor and Max could not have been more helpful, professional, fun and knowledgeable on my trip with the Great Old Broads. I was hugely impressed and wrote a glowing review on Trip Advisor about your company. I would definitely do another trip with you I joined the Great Old Broads for Wilderness on a Yampa River trip (June 8-12, 2016) with Holiday Expeditions and had a most delightful time. I have been on many river trips and was impressed by the professionalism and knowledge of our guides, the great food and the river. My sister had never been on a River trip and so had some apprehension. This was quickly dispelled. Dave, Max and Trevor handled our group of 12, mostly older women with charm and helpfulness. This made it a relaxing and delightful trip. Thank you Holiday River Expeditions for your great service and your support of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness. Best wishes, Sarah Michael, Sun Valley, Idaho

by Edith & Henery McHenry on Blank Business Name

Our group included family, friends and children of some of the guides and we made a community of fun, learning and joy in living that included everyone else

by Craig R Gasser on Blank Business Name

The Yampa River trip exceeded my expectations in every way. It was a great getaway and a fun way to relax and enjoy the beauties of nature and meet new friends. Thanks to everyone at Holiday River Expeditions. See you next year.

by Denise & Daniel Caruso on Blank Business Name

Best food ever! The Yampa River trip was way beyond my expectations. The staff was excellent and the food was amazing. The guides were great, we had fun but they were very careful so I felt safe at all times. I would recommend Holiday River Expeditions to everyone. Can’t wait to book our next trip.

by Mary Fleischmann on Blank Business Name

It was a great trip. My first commercial one so it was wonderful that I could spend more time relaxing than working. Having free time, the hikes and laughter were all so welcomed.

by Jane Appleby on Blank Business Name

I had a beautiful time on the Yampa with family, friends and our wonderful guides. Unplugging for so long, in such a beautiful place, gave me the deep relaxation that I badly needed. A five star trip!

by Eric Appelt on Blank Business Name

We had a tremendous time! I took my family of four for a five day river rafting trip on the Yampa and Green Rivers. My wife had never camped before. Everyone loved it! My wife was blown away at the food that could be prepared in the wild.

by Doug & Leslie Brown on Blank Business Name

I was surprised by how well the bags kept the water out. I was also very impressed with the amount of space we were allowed for our things. All of it was five stars. I wanted to be back on the river the moment we were off. I still can't believe the quality of the food, outstanding! We had a fantastic time. The views, the food and the guides were great. I've tried to tell people what an amazing experience it was, but I just can't do it justice. You have to go to really understand. It was unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

by Heidi & Kenneth Shimono on Blank Business Name

A great trip with friendly, knowledgeable guides, great wildlife, hiking and amazing food!

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