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The Yampa 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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Jun 30, 2013 by The Heidingers, UT

We loved our trip, even wish it had been longer. I will never forget it and loved our guides! Also, I really appreciate the sustainable approach Holiday has to their operations, the pigs eating the food waste is a great thing, and eating the local melons on the trip was cool. Keep it up and continue to do more, it will pay off in the end!!


Jun 30, 2013 by Mike Delapa & Rebecca Shaw, CA

This was our third trip with Holiday River Expeditions. We knew to expect an extraordinary outdoor adventure -- great river runs, hikes, food, and guides. And we weren't disappointed! The Yampa may have been our favorite trip because we could use inflatable kayaks in most of it. The camping spots were incredible, and wildlife was everywhere. We can't wait for our next trip.


Jun 28, 2013 by Bob Reed, Utah

I found the videos and information about the trip really useful. I also like the gallery of photos. It's fun to see what other folks have done on your trips. I especially appreciate Ben helping my grandson with water merit badge training. Great crew of guides. Everything met my expectations. The Yampa is gorgeous, the rapids really fun, and the weather perfect in June. My grandson loved the trip. The kayaks added a very nice boost to the river fun. This was my second trip with Holiday, and won't be the last though I'm 72.


Jun 25, 2013 by Landmark, CO

Trip planned by The Nature Conservancy and all was perfect expectations. The hikes were great, but the loose rock on the steep hikes were dangerous for a group of 60, 70 and 80 year olds. It was excellent, just a little more water in the river- not your fault.


Jun 19, 2013 by Ron Kopriva, WY

Had a great 4 days on the Yampa River, and wished it could have been twice as long. The guides Ben, Sherpa, and Jessie did a fantastic job of seeing that we had a real fun trip. Don't know of any other outfitters that can match Holiday Expeditions for a terrific overall experience!


Jun 12, 2013 by Jeff Wade, CA

The staff were very hard working, yet always friendly and accommodating. Guests were made to feel like every bit of the trip was about giving them the best experience possible. Just when we thought the enjoyment had peaked, the team went beyond and exceeded expectations even more. Food, excellent, rafting companions, outstanding, music, really fun and the team from the Nature conservancy were fun, informative and interesting. For me, one of the best parts was paddling on my own in the Duckies!


Jun 10, 2013 by Amy Hambrick, NC

Above and beyond! The guides are first class: smart, knowledgeable, professional, and made the trip! The hikes were one of my favorite parts! Food is fantastic and I loved that there is plenty of it! Transportation was easy going. Holiday vacations are the best & I can't wait for my next trip! Thanks for all of your hard work.


Jul 28, 2012 by Nancy Walker

Everything exceeded my expectations! The food was wonderful. The guides were great, treated us so well, kept us safe, had lots of info on the geology of the area and, best of all, were lots of fun and musically talented, too! A shout-out to all of them: Zach, Jim, Christian, Doug, Pete, and Colin. What a great experience on the Yampa and Green Rivers with an outstanding guide group!


Jul 21, 2012 by Chris Green, OH

The Yampa was the perfect trip with other young adults the same age as our sons. The guides were as much as the fun hiking as rafting. Loved the Native American and early settlers sites. I have been telling all our friends and family they have to go. My 14 year old son never missed his cell phone or TV and said it was his best adventure ever!


Jun 20, 2012 by Cloud RIdge Naturalists

The guides were wonderful! The guides even took into consideration some of my allergies in preparing meals -- I received a special salad (no tomatoes). Such thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated & totally unexpected!

Bike Raft , USA 4.8 5.0 12 12 We loved our trip, even wish it had been longer. I will never forget it and loved our guides! Also, I really appreciate the sustainable approach Holiday has to their operations