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Colorado whitewater, Yampa River

Moffat county, Deerlodge Park to Split Mountain Campground section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III(IV)     71 miles
  The scenic beauty of Colorado and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. The Deerlodge Park to Split Mountain Campground section of Yampa River is 71 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-III(IV) section. If you're coming from Vernal it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. There are a few other sections
    in this river system that can be paddled as well. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good places for that around here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby.
The average Colorado whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so if you're not from around here don't forget that lots of rivers here are not for beginners. A stretch this long is of course too much for a one day trip, so better bring your camping gear along. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular  

Briefly about the general area:
Here at Yampa River you'll probably meet some people from Dinosaur; Yampa River is near Starvation Valley which is definitely worth checking out. If time allows, Dinosaur National Monument is a national park worth checking out. Summertime brings highs in the 80's to Yampa River, and through the night it cools down to the 40's. For the duration of the wintertime the highs are ordinarily in the 30's with temperatures at Yampa River dipping down into the 0's all through winter nights. Yampa River is pretty dried up mostly. Through the month of October you get the most rain around here while January is frequently the driest month.

Yampa River, Deerlodge Park to Split Mountain Campground road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Yampa River.
 Whitewater Near Yampa River:
Green River, Uintah County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 44 miles long (Canyon of Lodore Colorado to US 40)
Green River, Moffat County, 15 miles away
      Class II-IV - 44 miles long (Gates of Lodore to Split Mountain Campgound)
Yampa River, Moffat County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 71 miles long (Deerlodge Park to Split Mountain Campground)
Jones Hole Creek, Uinta County, 19 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4 miles long (National Fish Hatchery to Green River confluence)
White River, Rio Blanco / Uintah County, 21 miles away
      Class I-II - 95 miles long (Rangely to Green River)
 Ski Areas Near Yampa River:
Powderhorn, Colorado , 87 miles away, 1650 foot drop, 4 lifts, 44 runs
 Hotels Near Yampa River:
Blue Mountain Inn And Suites, Rangely , 21 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Naples Vernal, Naples , 49 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Yampa River:
Dinosaur National Monument - Echo Park, Dinosaur, 13 miles away
Dinosaur National Monument - Gates of Lodore, Dinosaur, 14 miles away
Plug Hat Butte, Dinosaur, 17 miles away
 Trails Near Yampa River:
Bull Trail, Moffat , 16 miles away
Hoy Trail, Moffat , 17 miles away
Joe Trail, Moffat , 18 miles away
Jones Hole Trail, Uintah , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Yampa River:
Dinosaur National Monument, Dinosaur - CO , 9 miles away
Colorado National Monument, Fruita - CO , 70 miles away

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