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Little Yampa & Juniper Canyon


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little yampa & juniper canyon overview

Little Yampa Canyon is a remote and beautiful section of peaceful water ideal for a relaxing multi-day rafting adventure. As you transition from Little Yampa into Juniper Canyon, you’ll find a few continuous, yet non-intimating rapids and a large diversion dam that creates a rockin’ wave train at most levels.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on Little Yampa & Juniper Canyons – Yampa River:

At this time, we do not have information on outfitters that offer commercial trips on this section.

Wilderness Aware Rafting does not operate trips on the Yampa River. Information regarding the Yampa River on this website is strictly informational. Please click here for a complete list of trips that we offer, or use the search filter to the left. Thanks!

little yampa & juniper canyon sections

Yampa River – Little Yampa & Juniper Canyons Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II-III+ (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 6142′ to 5919′
Average Gradient: 4.5′ per mile

Access to Access

South Beach to Duffy Mountain: 32.0 miles
Duffy Mountain to Juniper Canyon: 12.0 miles
Juniper Canyon to Maybell Bridge: 6.0 miles
Total Mileage: 50.0 miles

Notes: Due to Class III rapids, open canoeists should not travel over the diversion dam located in Juniper Canyon. Canoeists and inexperienced boaters should portage on the right or left side of the river.



What people are saying

  • Lydia filled us with confidence. She was skilled and knowledgeable and explained each set of rapids so we knew what to expect. She was great company and we had the best experience. She was brilliant.

    Dwight W. Rafter
  • I cannot wait to come back! Also loved how funny all the guides were. It was the most I’ve seen my sister laugh in a long time! Thank you so much for this amazing experience.

    Lexi R. Rafter
  • I spent several days researching various rafting options and after speaking w/your team was sold. We were not disappointed-the trip is spectacular and our guide Sean was informative, lively professional and entertaining.

    Lauren C. Rafter


Information for Yampa River Self-Guided Boaters:

The Yampa River (Steamboat to Yampa Canyon) is in the Yampa River State Park and is managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

  • Boating Permit Required: NO
  • Permit Details: No fee of any kind is required to float the river, but you do need to buy a pass to use the State Parks managed access sites.
  • River Manager 1: Yampa River State Park 
    6185 W. US Hwy. 40, P.O. Box 759, Hayden, CO 81639 
    970.276.2061 ~
  • River Manager 2: U.S Bureau of Land Management – Little Snake Field Office 
    455 Emerson Street, Craig, CO 81625 
    970.826.5000 ~

Please contact the river manager (above) for information on shuttles.

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