"Had a great time, super professional staff very well trained. Beautiful scenery on an amazing river with towering canyons. Interesting side hikes and stops along the way. Easily customizable challenges from high adventure to site seeing. Something for everyone."
Yampa River Rafting
4 Days: Adult: $1149 | Youth: $1049
5 Days: Adult: $1299 | Youth: $1199 | Geology: $1399 | Meditation & Yoga: $1449
- $15 National Park Service fee
- Sleep Kit $40 | Tent included
Prices subject to National Park Service approval
4 Days: May 10, 17, 20; June 10
5 Days: May 12, 14, 21, 25, 27, 31; June 3, 5, 7, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28; July 4, 5
Adult Only - 5 Days: May 25; June 7 Geology - 5 Days: May 28 Meditation & Yoga - 5 Days: May 16
- Enjoy a scenic ride from Vernal, Utah to our put-in at Deerlodge Park in Colorado
- Enter the Yampa River Canyon and be awestruck as stunning rock walls rise 1000 feet above the river
- Hike to an old cattle rustler homestead and visit the Fremont Indian granaries
- Admire the unique geologic formations of Grand Overhang, Cleopatra’s Couch, and Tiger Wall
- Challenge the exciting Class III-IV Warm Springs Rapid
- Join the Green River in the shadow of Steamboat Rock and explore Fremont rock art
- Hike to Whispering Cave and Whirlpool Canyon and soak in a waterfall
- Enter Split Mountain Canyon for a final day of whitewater excitement
- Take-out at Split Mountain Campground and shuttle back to Vernal
If you're looking for Utah white water rafting at its finest, the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument has it all! Action, excitement and history. The Yampa River is the last major tributary of the Colorado River System that is natural and free flowing. Each spring, this Utah river offers thrilling Class III whitewater (Class IV at high water), including Teepee, Big Joe and Warm Springs Rapids. The Yampa River has a relatively short but wild season as its flows are totally dependent upon run-off from winter snows.
In addition to rapids, the scenery along the Yampa River adds a beautiful dimension. On your Yampa rafting trip, you can expect to see such sights as "Tiger Wall," named for its black streaks called "desert varnish." Imposing white sandstone cliffs serve as the backdrop to groves of Box Elder trees. Eagles and falcons majestically soar above the canyon walls. This area was first inhabited by prehistoric cultures, then early Native Americans and later by miners and homesteaders of the 1800's. As you raft down the Yampa, you'll stop along the way to visit ancient Native American sites and other places of historical significance. This Utah rafting trip has been selected by geology professors many times over as a fabulous field trip for students and if you're a geology buff, there's plenty here for your interest and enjoyment.
Yampa River expeditions depart from our headquarters in Vernal, Utah for the launch site at Deerlodge Park. Driving time is approximately 1 hour.
Upon arrival at the river, you will meet your guides, board the rafts and begin your adventure. There will be time for hiking, exploring, fishing or just relaxing. In the evenings, you can sit around a campfire and listen to the stories of by-gone days. At bedtime, the soothing sound of the flowing river gently lulls you to sleep. Camping each night is along the river banks in spacious camps.
The total trip covers approximately 70 miles. On-river itinerary is determined by several factors, including length of trip, group preferences and camp proximity.
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