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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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Enjoyed Every Moment

Jun 15, 2015 by Trudi Albertine

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.

Rental Gear For Far Way Travelers

Jun 15, 2015 by Carolyn Nielsen

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

The Guides Are Fun To Watch In Action

Jun 15, 2015 by Craig Watts & Terry Bowns

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!

Guides Maintained Great Attitudes

Jun 15, 2015 by Chris Proctor

Stellar guides, equipment, and preparation. I don't know how they do it and keep such a positive attitude from morning to night.

Dinosaur National Monument Is Gorgeous

Jun 15, 2015 by Robert & Clare Carson

We had the best guides ever: they catered to my geology wishes and were proactive, thoughtful, helpful and sensitive to clients' wishes. They were also knowledgeable, strong, shared information, fun, enthusiastic, etc. I've rafted and kayaked Dinosaur National Monument before, and visited many times, but had not realized that in good weather it is one of the most beautiful places in the U.S.

The Peace From Being "Off The Grid"

Jun 10, 2015 by Cynthia & Dan Mitchell

The guides were excellent: professional, friendly, skilled, attentive, and knowledgeable. Overall, couldn't ask for more! This was my first river trip and hopefully not my last. I would not change a thing. We had a diverse group that melded well. We experienced rain, hail and sunshine. All weather elements adding a good story and challenge to the trip. The food was excellent. The scenery and peace of being off the grid was priceless. Our guides were not just good at their job, it was a privilege to meet them. Ben, Dave, Sam & Pete thank you very much!

Singing Around The Campfire

Jun 10, 2015 by Barbara Sandys

I loved that we could rent tents that didn't leak in the rain as well as warm sleeping bags & comfortable sleeping pads. Ben and Sam were expert guides and chefs, knowledgeable about the river and surrounding areas. They were also just fun to be with and took care of everything!! We had a spectacular trip with wonderful guides in Ben and Sam, great food, beautiful hikes and memorable

Rafters & Rafting Guests Are The Nicest People

Jun 10, 2015 by Cheryl Reagle

Even with the rain it was a great experience. As always, the guides took special care to make us comfortable, fixed yummy meals and always had answers to our many questions. I meet the nicest people rafting. This was a beautiful trip. I can't wait until next year.

Delicious Food

Jun 10, 2015 by Beth Triebel

The food was better and more plentiful than I expected.

I Could Go On & On About Your Guides

Jun 10, 2015 by Trevor Luxon

I was on the Sierra Club, Yampa River trip last week and I just want to say that all of the guides: Zack, Sarah, Susan, Dustin and Larkin were absolutely fantastic. They did a great job in every way and all of the other people on the trip felt the same way. They were fun to be around but serious and professional when the situation called for it and provided great food and service... I could keep on going but you get the point.

Holiday River and Bike Expeditions 800-624-6323 544 East 3900 South Salt Lake City UT, 84107 USA 5.0 5.0 41 41 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.