Experience the Wild and Free Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument
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Five Day Yampa River Whitewater Rafting Trip
Class III-IV Whitewater
This five day Yampa River whitewater rafting trip meanders 72 miles through three beautiful canyons on two rivers in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. Spend the first three days exploring Yampa Canyon on the Yampa River in Colorado. On day four enter the Green River and Utah to follow part of John Wesley Powell’s route through Whirlpool Canyon and Split Mountain Gorge. Experience epic beauty and class III-IV whitewater on this once-in-a-lifetime rafting adventure.
- Yampa River rafting trips depart from Adrift Adventures in Jensen, Utah
- Transportation provided to put-in; from take-out
The Free-Flowing Yampa River
The Yampa River is the last major free-flowing river in the Colorado River system and relies on spring snow melt to be navigable. Due to its natural flows the only time you can raft the Yampa River is during runoff in May and early June. Fun and splashy waves can be found throughout the trip, but Warm Springs is the longest and most difficult rapid to navigate.
Leave No Trace Camping
There are no roads on this section of the Yampa River, so all food and gear will be packed on rafts and brought to a remote camp each night. Leave no trace camping is essential to keep the Yampa River pristine. Plan to pack out whatever you pack in. Portable toilets, privacy tents and hand-washing stations are provided.
Enjoy Delicious Food on the Yampa River
No need to rough it on this luxury rafting trip. Enjoy delicious food from first day to last day lunch. Complete and return a provided profile form to Adrift Adventures befire your trip so that we can shop for dietary needs and requests. On the river guides prepare meals and clean up, while you relax and enjoy your time in the wilds of Dinosaur National Monument.
Exclusive Group Rafting Trips Available on the Yampa River
Exclusive rafting trips are available on the Yampa River with a minimum of six participants and capped at 25. Reserve a launch date and get your freinds together for a rafting trip of a lifetime. Please call for details to start planning your exclusive group rafting trip down the wild and free Yampa River.
Book Your Yampa River Rafting Adventure Today
- To book please call: 800-824-0150
- $200/person due at booking to reserve launch date
- Space is limited to 25 participants on Yampa River
- All participants/parent guardian must sign waviers
No Rafting Experience Required on Yampa River
- Minimum age and weight: six years old and 50 pounds
- Professional guides on every raft
- All rafting equipment provided
- Sleeping bags/pads and tents available for rent
Adrift Adventures Sponsored The Friends of the Yampa to Produce this Video
The Last One – A Yampa River Awareness Documentary
This may be your last opportunity to explore the wild Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument
There is a water diversion pipeline project being proposed. If this project is implemented, no one will ever have the opportunity to explore the mighty Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument in its natural state again.
YAMPA RIVER RAFTING VACATION ITINERARY
Day Prior to Your Rafting Trip:
We encourage you to stop by the Adrift Adventures Rafting Center before 6pm so that you can pickup your waterproof gear bag and meet us. Your gear bag allows you to pack the night before the trip.
8:00am – Meet at Adrift Adventures Rafting Center, 9 miles east of Vernal on US Hwy 40 in Jensen, Utah. Guests are on their own for breakfast prior to meeting Adrift guides. An earlier meeting time can be arranged if you flew into the area. Come with your dry bag packed. The shuttle to the put-in will depart from the Adrift Adventures Rafting Center. Upon your arrival at the river put-in your trip leader will provide a safety orientation before you start rafting through Yampa Canyon. Lunch and dinner is provided. Camp at a road-less wilderness site in the canyon.
Enjoy rafting on the Yampa River with optional short hikes to observe wildlife and canyon geology. Run Tepee and other rapids. Camp at a remote beach on the river and enjoy an optional hike up a narrow side canyon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.
After breakfast we float and stop to explore a cave with Indian artifacts. Then we are off to run the biggest rapid of the trip – Warm Springs. Camp near Echo Park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.
Coffee and breakfast is ready early and after a short float we enter the Green River and run the rapids of Whirlpool Canyon. At camp is one of the best hikes of the trip to a waterfall and Indian rock art. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided.
We launch on the river and float out of Whirlpool Canyon into the exciting rapids of Split Mountain Gorge. You should arrive at the river trip takeout around 3pm where you will be shuttled back to your car at the Adrift Adventures Rafting Center arriving around 4pm. Breakfast and lunch provided.