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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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Excellent Trip and Vacation

Aug 05, 2014 by Victor Rodriguez

I have never been on a whitewater trip before and I took the Yampa River trip in June with my son as a graduation gift for him. Words cannot describe how impressed we were with everything. From the greeting/introductions we received at Vernal headquarters to the instructions prior to getting in the river, the guides were friendly and professional. We went to see soaring canyon walls and whitewater and we got that. But what we also got was gourmet food preparation (WOW), informed guides- they knew about everything, trees, rocks, history, wildlife, all of it! Most important, it was clear safety of their guests was always on their minds. This is an excellent outfitter and there is no rival.
We'll be back.
Victor Rodriguez

Great Hiking Opportunities

Jul 27, 2014 by Chandler Bartholomew

The guides, TJ and Sherpa, were awesome!! They provided a wonderful environment and great hiking opportunities. The food was excellent as always, I've been on two other trips a few years earlier. Everything was wonderful!

We Could Have Stayed Forever!

Jul 17, 2014 by Jonathan & Julie Day

Everything actually exceeded my expectations. The guides were not only efficient and competent at all aspects of their jobs, but also engaging conversationalists and recreation leaders. The hikes were some of my favorite parts of the overall trip. The food was wonderful. I couldn't believe how much they could do with what they brought on a boat! Our trip on the Yampa and Green River with Holiday was everything we could have hoped for and more. For some members of our party this was a second Yampa trip with Holiday, and they loved it just as much as they did 28 years ago if not more. For the rest of us it was amazing to see that it was everything we had been told to expect, but even better. We could have stayed on the river forever!!

Holiday Quality

Jul 11, 2014 by Kenneth & Twyla Bartholomew

Holiday quality all the way. I do self-guided family trips annually, but keep coming back to Dee and Sue every few years for that great white-water, great food, and great guides. So many rivers, so little time!

Great From Start To Finish

Jul 07, 2014 by Dave & Kris Hanaman

Jesse, Molly, Mike and Dustin were outstanding guides. They earned their money on a couple of long and windy days, and earned our gratitude with their friendly-yet-professional demeanors and constant attentiveness. We had a great trip on the Yampa this weekend! As usual, everything was fantastic, from the pre-trip planning and communications to the pull out and departure.

First Rate Crew

Jul 06, 2014 by Barb Garza

My Holiday vacation was one of the best overall vacations I have been on. The crew was first rate, I didn't have to lift a finger. My captain even made sure my water bottle was full. The guides had so much knowledge of the surrounding area we were in, it made it so interesting. I would definitely do another trip with them! Thanks Holiday for all the great memories.

My Best Vacation Ever!

Jul 03, 2014 by Kaia Moore

I was on the Cataract Canyon trip a couple of weeks ago... This was the best vacation I have ever been on!! Rafting for the first time and being in Utah for the first time was amazing. The river and landscapes were breathtakingly beautiful. I am in love with the area! The trip was absolutely wonderful. The guides were a joy to be around. They were extremely resourceful, informative and accommodating to any of our needs throughout the trip. I definitely want to do this trip again. It was a life changing and wonderful experience. This is an amazing company. THANK YOU! You guys are the best!

Can't Wait For More!

Jul 01, 2014 by Steve & Jane Morrison

Another outstanding experience with Holiday. Our 4th trip and we've come to expect the best, once again we weren't disappointed. The Yampa was stunning and the service was exceptional. Can't wait for the next trip!

A New Generation Of River Lovers

Jun 25, 2014 by Donald Day

I've now done the Yampa trip twice. The first was in 1986 with my 12 year old son and our guide Sherpa San. It was great and we still have many great memories from that week. However, on June 16th we did the Yampa trip again at ages 68 and 40 respectively. But this time with my daughter-in-law and a new generation of rafters, grandsons, aged 10 & 8. It's not often you get to take a trip of lifetime twice. The new generation of guides, Zack, Molly, Justin, Dustin, & Tanner were excellent, always caring and engaging. As an added bonus, we got to reunite briefly with Sherpa San after all these years. All in all-priceless!

Adrenaline Seekers: Tuckered Out & Satisfied!

Jun 18, 2014 by Edmund Carroll

The guides were great fun. They pitched in with the group for hikes, activities and games in the evening. But they also left us space for us to do our own thing. It was such a fun bunch of people. The food was amazing. Seriously, I had no meal that I wouldn't have been proud of in my own kitchen. I wish I could cook like that at home. How you bake lasagna or make fresh muffins on the side of a river remains a mystery! This is one of the best holidays I have ever had. We are a group of a dozen 30 year olds with action packed lives and high adrenaline hobbies. That you were able to have us exhausted by sundown every night and up early to get going every morning is testament to an incredibly well organized holiday.

Holiday River and Bike Expeditions 800-624-6323 544 East 3900 South Salt Lake City UT, 84107 USA 4.9 5.0 28 28 I have never been on a whitewater trip before and I took the Yampa River trip in June with my son as a graduation gift for him. Words cannot describe how impressed we were with eve