Yampa River Rafting

Whitewater Rafting trips on the Yampa River

Rafting the Yampa River is unlike any other river trip on the entire Colorado Plateau. The Yampa is WILD: it is the only un-dammed major tributary to the Colorado River. Every May and June this free-flowing river swells with snow melt that surges through its spectacular canyons, with plenty of full-bodied waves from the first day to the last. The Yampa River also has a serene side. Admire tiger-striped walls and overhanging cliffs, side-canyon waterfalls, and prehistoric rock art from the Fremont culture as you float through sections of calm water, listening to the whispers of the canyon.

We spend 46 miles of this 71-mile trip on the Yampa before merging with the Green River at Echo Park. Downstream we float through Whirlpool Canyon, Island Park, and Split Mountain Gorge, each with its own distinct character. The canyons of the Yampa and Green rivers are lodged in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. These rivers are excellent places to spot big horn sheep, peregrine falcons, osprey, and eagles. And if that’s not enough, look up at night into a starry display that is literally out of this world.

If you feel the need for something rare, something wild and free, come see how a true wilderness river trip can be—come to the Yampa River.

Yampa River Scenery Raft on Water Canyon Walls
Yampa River Campfire Camp Circle Group

4–5 Day Yampa River

Join the Yampa River for its annual spring runoff celebration; spend four or five days going with the flow of a truly wild river. Run the famous Warm Springs Rapid and float the serene water of Echo Park. The last un-dammed river within the Colorado River system, the Yampa has to be seen to be believed.