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Yampa River

The Yampa River is the last wild river in the Colorado River system - free flowing and undammed. Primarily fed by spring runoff, the river really cranks in May and June with class III and IV whitewater. Running through Dinosaur National Monument, the multiple-day trip delights visitors with rich wildlife, beautiful camps and great side hikes. The Yampa joins the Green river at Echo Park, a significant archaeological site for the Freemont Culture: semi-nomadic ancestral Puebloan people who lived in the area over 1000 years ago. Long a favorite with river runners, the Yampa offers a unique geological look back in time. The limestones and shales, of the canyon give way to the more predominant sandstone features such as the 1,000' high "Grand Overhang" and the striped "Tiger Wall." At Echo Park, the Mitten Park Fault and the billion-year-old Uinta Mountain Group formation are really impressive. This wonderful wilderness trip should be high on the list for any rafting enthusiast.

The following outfitters offer Yampa River trips:

Holiday River Expeditions
Rafting, Biking, Kayaking... Since 1966, Whitewater rafting on the Colorado, Green, Yampa and San Juan Rivers. Also specializing in Mountain Biking, Women's Retreats, Family Adventures & Naturalist Trips.

O.A.R.S.
O.A.R.S. offers first-class rafting adventures on over 35 rivers of the West, including the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon & Cataract Canyon, San Juan and the Yampa & Green Rivers in Dinosaur National Monument.

Adrift Adventures - Dinosaur

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions
Operating the highest quality river trips on the Colorado, Green and Yampa Rivers. Offering A Touch of Class to every trip. Specialties include Luxury, Family and Womens Only trips.

Outward Bound
On an Outward Bound wilderness expedition, you set off on a journey of discovery.

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Providers of outdoor skills and leadership courses,10 days to full semester, in the world's most spectacular wilderness classrooms.

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Blanding/Bluff (Hovenweep National Monument, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges National Monument, San Juan River)
Backpacking, Boat Rentals, Canyoneering, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Education/Service Trips, River Running, Rock Climbing

Central Utah (Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Escalante River, Goblin Valley, Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument, San Rafael Swell, Sevier River)
Boat Rentals, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Education/Service Trips, River Running

Moab (Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Cataract Canyon, Colorado River, Moab Daily, Westwater Canyon)
4 x 4 Tours, Backpacking, Boat Rentals, Canyoneering, Hiking, Jet Boat Shuttles, Mountain Biking, Mule/Horseback Riding/Packing, Outdoor Education/Service Trips, River Running, Rock Climbing, Scenic Flights, Shuttles

Price (Desolation/Gray Canyons, Green River)
Boat Rentals, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Education/Service Trips, River Running

Vernal (Lodore Canyon, Yampa River)
4 x 4 Tours, Backpacking, Boat Rentals, Canyoneering, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Mule/Horseback Riding/Packing, Outdoor Education/Service Trips, River Running, Rock Climbing

Zion National Park (Zion National Park)
Mountain Biking