Yampa River Rafting

Whitewater Rafting 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 and 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. See tiger-striped walls and overhanging cliffs, side-canyon waterfalls, and prehistoric rock art from the Fremont culture. There’s calm water, too, perfect for relaxing and listening to the whispers of the canyon.

We will spend 46 miles of this 71-mile trip on the Yampa and then merge with the Green River at Echo Park. Downstream we’ll float through Whirlpool Canyon, Island Park, and Split Mountain Gorge, each with their own distinct character. The canyons of the Yampa and Green rivers are lodged in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument, 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.

4–5 Day Yampa River

Join the Yampa River for its annual spring runoff celebration; spend 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.