Very mild rafting amidst ranches and farms

Steamboat to Craig


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steamboat to craig overview

With the exception of the series of play holes in the Steamboat Whitewater Park, the remaining stretch of Yampa River through to Craig is seldom boated due to the mild nature of the river. Though mild, this section floats peacefully through rolling hills and wide open valleys lush with farms and ranches.

Recommended White Water Rafting Trips on Steamboat to Craig – 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!

steamboat to craig sections

Yampa River – Steamboat to Craig Whitewater Rafting Details:

Difficulty: Class II-III (What does this mean?)
Elevation: 6686′ to 6142′
Average Gradient: 8.3′ per mile

Access to Access

Little Toots Park to Shield Drive: 1.0 miles
Shield Drive to Hayden Pump Station: 25.0 miles
Hayden Pump Station to Double Bridges: 12.5 miles
Double Bridges to State Wildlife Area: 7.5 miles
State Wildlife Area to Yampa Valley Golf Course: 10.0 miles
Yampa Valley Golf Course to Loudy Simpson Park: 3.5 miles
Loudy Simpson Park to South Beach: 5.5 miles
Total Mileage: 65.0 miles

Notes: Due to the long mileage of this section, we recommend you check the water flow gauge at Steamboat Springs, CO as well as above Elkhead Creek near Hayden, CO.



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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