1. 5 Day Yampa River Rafting Trips
  2. 5 Day Yampa River Rafting Trips
  3. 5 Day Yampa River Rafting Trips

5 Day Yampa River Rafting Trips

Yampa River Rafting is WILD; the last undammed river on the Colorado River system. Through the years the Yampa River has defied many attempts to dam its free flow, several by Congress, and the most formidable in 1965 by Mother Nature. On June 9th, 1965 a flash flood carried tons of rock down Warm Springs draw blocking the river channel. Within twenty-four hours the Yampa took aim and breached the dam, leaving in its wake Warm Springs Rapid, rated among the 10 biggest drops in the country; originally pioneered the day after by Dee Holladay himself. Every May and June this whitewater river rises to the occasion and CRANKS with plenty of full-bodied waves from the first day to the last. Like many wild things the Yampa River also has a serene side that river rafting trip goers enjoy... tiger-striped walls that drop 2000 feet sheer to the water, side-canyon waterfalls, Fremont Indian rock art, and Whispering Cave. If you feel the need for something rare, something wild and free…the Yampa is waiting.

Captain is included.
A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
25 guests
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One of the advantages of a river trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups on the river. This typical itinerary illustrates a four-day trip on the Yampa River. In June, we lengthen the Yampa trip by one day and follow this general itinerary. Day 1: Meet party at headquarters in Vernal, Utah (8:00 a.m., Mountain Time). We will issue your waterproof bags. You can buy any last minute items from our accessories store at this time (see our packing checklist for a list of items you can find at our store). before transport to put-in at Deerlodge Park in Colorado. The Yampa's speedy flow takes you over many miles and abundant rapids. Day 2: Visit indigenous ancestral sites, after your Yampa river rafting trip meanders past such attractions as The Grand Overhang, Cleopatra's Couch and Tiger Wall. A heavy flash flood in 1965 down Warm Springs Draw choked the Yampa with boulders, forming the river's largest rapid. Day 3: The Yampa joins the Green River at Echo Park where the canyon widens before the river circles Steamboat Rock. Here the river enters Whirlpool Canyon. The afternoon may be spent at Jones Hole Creek - a blue-ribbon trout stream with side canyon petroglyphs and waterfall. Day 4: Peaceful morning in Island and Rainbow Park before entering another massive gorge. The Green's powerful forces cut laterally through Split Mountain's uplifted and colorful core. Rapids abound before the take out and a 35-minute ride back to Vernal. Our expected time of arrival back at our headquarters is about 4:00 p.m. On a 5-day Yampa rafting trip, you will follow the same Yampa River-currents as on a 4 day with minor changes. Your second day may not yet find you at an ancestral site but rather a stunning overlook hike or possibly an idyllic cave viewpoint. Your 3rd day will have you drifting back on course into much of the same schedule as the 4-day itinerary. As mentioned earlier, this is a sample itinerary and should not be thought of as the trip you will experience. It is intended to give an idea of what the trip will be like. It could also be exactly what you do. Keep an open mind, be flexible, go with the flow, and enjoy!

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