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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 Jane Appleby on
Deep Relaxation

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
Amazing Food In The Wild

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
You Have To Go To Know!

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
Great Wildlife & Hiking

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

by Carter Griffin on
Guides Provide Exceptional Service

Jim Crowl and I spent five days on the Yampa on a Sierra Club trip outfitted by your company. We want you to know that your staff: Zach, Susan, Sarah, Larkin and Dustin were exceptional oarsmen, cooks and individuals. They were engaged, caring, intelligent and fun. What a trip we had. We will certainly recommend Holiday to others based on your staff's professionalism. Thanks.

by Pat Simons on
Guardians Of The River

Thank you again for accommodating our dietary needs as vegetarians. I know it means extra work for the guides so we really appreciate it. And all the food prepared was just great. This was our second trip with Holiday and once again everything was perfect. Our guides were fantastic: as boatmen navigating the river, as guardians of the river, as guides providing information about the river's history and geology and as chefs preparing great meals. We also greatly appreciated the graciousness with which the guides accommodated our dietary needs as vegetarians. The Yampa is a beautiful river with some great rapids as well as calmer water for easy floating downstream. We also really enjoyed using the inflatable kayaks and also the great hikes. We can't wait for our next river trip, which will definitely be with Holiday.

by Rocky & Annette Kyle on
Awesome Crew

My wife had some safety concerns but the guides quickly allayed any and all fears and she came back glowing. Awesome crew.

by Trudi Albertine on
Enjoyed Every Moment

Each guide was unique in the life experience and knowledge they brought to the trip. Each was a treat to get to know. This was a fabulous trip for an old lady new to river running. I enjoyed every moment.

by Carolyn Nielsen on
Rental Gear For Far Way Travelers

Thanks for having rental gear available as it is a big plus for those who travel by air.

by Craig Watts & Terry Bowns on
The Guides Are Fun To Watch In Action

Excellent in all regards. Guides were Outstanding! The guides made all the work they did seem effortless. They were so competent and organized it was a pleasure to see them in action. They made every day the best it could be, and took care of everyone's needs over and over again. Fantastic!

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