The Yampa River

Dinosaur, Colorado 81633

The Yampa River

The Yampa River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Yampa River flows for 46 miles through Dinosaur National Monument. You can join a private raft company or float on your own with a permit. Here most of the fish and wildlife that depend on wild canyons remain, and the river vegetation is in its natural state. Here, too, the towering multicolored canyons with all their beauty still have the power to awe mankind; they have not been reduced to tiny protrusions above a vast pool of water, such as found at Lake Powell or Flaming Gorge. For most these features help make the Yampa one of their favorite rivers.

Appropriately the Yampa has majestic beginnings, initiating its flow in the Flat Tops of northwestern Colorado outside the monument. Here the river gathers snowmelt and begins its journey to its confluence with the Green at Echo Park. Thus the river remains in Colorado for its entirety. Because the river’s depth depends so much on runoff, the Yampa is best floated in spring and early summer."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Up to 4 days
Class III
Spring through fall
Dinosaur National Monument
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