Yampa River Rafting

Yampa River Whitewater Rafting – About This Trip

Yampa River Rafting is WILD; the last undammed river on the Colorado River system. Through the years the Yampa River has defied many attempts to dam its free flow, several by congress, and the most formidable in 1965 by Mother Nature. 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; originally pioneered the day after by Dee Holladay himself.

Every May and June this whitewater 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 River 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. If you feel the need for something rare, something wild and free…the Yampa is waiting.

The Yampa River ushers in the true wild heartbeat of the whole Colorado River system. We join its currents at Deerlodge Park and ride its waves till the confluence of the Green River; from there we meander through historic Whirlpool Canyon, Island Park and the final crescendo of Split Mountain, taking out at Split Mountain Boat Ramp at the southern boundary of Dinosaur National Monument.

Trip Overview

Location: Yampa River – Dinosaur
National Monument
Type: Rafting
Length: 4 and 5 Days
Dates: May – June
Meet At: Vernal, UT 8:00 AM
Rating: Intermediate
Age Min: 8
Deposit: $300

Trip Prices

Adult – $980
Youth – $860 (18 & under)
Group – $860 (10 or more)
Senior – $860 (65 & older)

Adult – $1,075
Youth – $940 (18 & under)
Group – $940 (10 or more)
Senior – $940 (65 & older)

*$22 NPS Fees per person.

Departure Dates

2018 Trip Schedule

4 Day Trip Dates

May 16,19, 23, 26, 28, 30
June 4

5 Day Trip Dates

May 21
June 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30

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What’s Included

Life Jacket
Large Waterproof Bag
Day Bag
Camp Chair
Eating Utencils & Plates
Full Course Meals: Lunch the first day through
lunch the last day
Drinks: Ice Water, Lemonade, Juices, One pop/person/day-mix of regular & diet

The day bag 8″ diameter x 20″ high is for items you will need access to during the day. For your sleeping gear and clothing, we will furnish you with one bag 16″ diameter x 2 feet high. When properly sealed, bags are usually waterproof. Once in a while, one could develop a leak, so we always recommend packing important items in ziplock bags and leaving expensive electronics at home. Separate storage is provided for tents and beverages. Please remember to keep your gear light and compact. The less you bring, the happier you will be. Please limit gear to no more than 15-20 lbs.

What’s NOT Included

Plastic mugs work well
Water Bottle
Not included in the rental kit
Sleeping Bag
Compact and warm
Poncho/Rain Suit
high quality important for Dinosaur & Desolation trips.
Sleeping Pad/Air Mattress
Compact, must fit in the provided bag
Light Tent:
Back packer style, not the bulky, heavy types

You can rent most of the items listed above in our sleeping rental kit. We offer two varieties, our basic sleeping kit which includes a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, rain gear and cup for $40.00, or the same basic sleeping kit with a two-person tent for $65.00. Rentals must be reserved in advance, especially on the San Juan trips where we meet away from our headquarters. Rentals requested the morning of the trip are subject to availability. Cups and water bottles available for purchase at our stores in Green River and Vernal Headquarters, or online.


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by Kirk Kirkland on Blank Business Name

I was impressed with the reservation person named Karen in Salt Lake City and how helpful she was and how personal to talk with. Our river Guide Justin was quite impressive in his knowledge of white water and in handling the raft in river flooding conditions. His background on river history, trees, birds and native history was informative. He had a very pleasant manner as a leader as he could be helpful and encourage safe behavior without being overly directive or assertive. Members of our party came with decades of river running experience and we were more than twice his age. He treated us with respect and as friends -- without compromising his leadership ability. I was impressed by the years of experience that Holiday expeditions brings to their river trips and the contribution you have made to improving and educating people about the rivers and Canyon Country of Utah. We plan to book another trip in Desolation Canyon in the coming years. We would not hesitate to book with you and look forward to meeting more of your staff.

by Terry & Dick Carkner on Blank Business Name

Our trip down the Yampa was amazing. Our guides Justin and Erica did a great job for us. The food was above expectations, gourmet in the wilderness. We learned a lot, saw some incredible sites, a trip to remember.

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!

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