The Yampa River

One of the most amazing rafting trips in the western USA is the Lower Yampa section of the Yampa River. The run glides through the heart of the tortured geology of Dinosaur National Monument. Major rapids are few and far between – here the attraction is the scenery which rivals the Grand Canyon. Soon after embarking from the picturesque floodplain of Deerlodge Colorado, you encounter the dramatic entrance to the canyon. Over the following days you watch the canyon melt from red and green to slick rock sandstone. Soon after the Yampa joins the Green at Echo, you share the still spectacular Whirlpool Canyon and Island Park with rafting trips emerging from Lodore Canyon.

Put-In: Deerlodge River Access (Colorado)

Take-Out: Split Mountain Boat Ramp (Utah)

Miles: 71

Managing Agency: NPS Dinosaur National Monument

Campsites: Yampa River Campsites

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