Yampa River Rafting Trips in Colorado

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Yampa River White Water Rafting Description:

The second-largest watershed in the state of Colorado, the Yampa is a majestic, free-flowing river steeped in history. From its start near Steamboat Springs, it winds its way through farmlands and small canyons before making its way toward the Green River through the unparalleled and stunning grandeur of Dinosaur National Monument.

Find the Yampa River in Colorado

• Difficulty: Class II-IV (What does this mean?)
• Season: May – July

White Water Rafting Trips on the Yampa River:

Trip Lengths:
4 & 5 Day (Yampa Canyon/Dinosaur)
Adventure Bound River Expeditions
Learn More:
www.adventureboundusa.com; 800.423.4668


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Yampa River Rafting Sections:

Steamboat to Craig
Class II-III
Hit the Steamboat Springs Whitewater Park at the start of this section before floating mellow waters through wide valleys, meadows, farms and ranches.

Little Yampa & Juniper Canyons
Class II-III+
Beautiful and isolated Little Yampa Canyon provides a relaxing and peaceful multi-day float while Juniper Canyon moves a bit faster and offers up a playful wave train due to a diversion dam.

Maybell to Cross Mountain
Class II
Quiet and mellow with great opportunities to see wildlife and relaxing on a flat-water section of river.

Cross Mountain Gorge
Class IV-V
Short and action-packed, Cross Mountain Gorge offers amazing and highly challenging rapids through a sharp walled canyon.

Yampa Canyon through Dinosaur National Monument
Class II-III
Slow and winding section of river set in an awe-inspiring high walled canyon chalk full of stunning scenery, wildlife and splendid feelings of isolation.


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The Yampa River is located in the fairly isolated mountains of northwestern Colorado near Steamboat Springs, Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur.

Information for Yampa River Self-Guided Boaters:

Steamboat to Yampa Canyon
Yampa Canyon through Dinosaur National Monument

If shuttle service is available, information is listed under the specific section page.


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Colorado Rafting River Guide:

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Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

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