Yampa River Rafting

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Vernal, Utah

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Vernal, Utah

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The Yampa River is the one major tributary in the Colorado River system that runs wild and free, straight to the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. For three months a year (May-July), the Yampa River flows free with fresh, surging run-off from miles above waters originating from the melting snows and glaciers of the world-famous Colorado Rockies. Easily manageable Class III and IV whitewater rafting flows carry paddlers through colorful canyons of red, yellow and orange and on into Dinosaur National Monument. A billion years are captured in these canyon walls, along with the remnants of various life forms that existed long before humans. Our pathway through time showcases some of the oldest exposed rocks in the world, ones that have been folded, lifted and split by eons of geological forces.

  • Exciting Class III-IV whitewater
  • Striking canyons of red, yellow & orange
  • Active trip with hiking & paddling
  • Native American & outlaw history
  • Explore Dinosaur National Monument

Scenic ride from Vernal, Utah to our put-in at Deerlodge Park. The whitewater intensifies as we enter the Yampa River Canyon and stunning rock walls rise 1000 feet above the river. Hike to Stubs Cabin, an old cattle rustler homestead. Visit the Fremont Indian granaries. The fascinating geology of this canyon reaches its apex as we float past some of the most astounding rock marvels of all: Grand Overhang, Cleopatra's Couch, and Tiger Wall. Raft the exciting Class III-IV Warm Springs Rapid. Confluence with the Green River: the whitewater intensifies. Round Steamboat Rock, Echo Park and Fremont rock art. Hike to Whispering Cave and Whirlpool Canyon. We pick up speed as we enter Split Mountain Canyon and the river's gradient becomes considerably steeper. Four or five major rapids deliver plenty of whitewater excitement during our last day on the river. Shuttle from Split Mountain to Vernal.

May - July


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