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 the 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 expedition of 1869.
- Yampa River rafting trips depart from Adrift Adventures in Jensen, Utah
- Transportation included to Deerlodge Park; from Split Mountain Campground
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. If you pack it in, plan to pack it out. 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’s to last day’s lunch. Complete a profile form before your trip so we can shop for dietary needs and requests.
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 friends together for a rafting trip of a lifetime.
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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 June.
YAMPA RIVER RAFTING VACATION ITINERARY
Day Prior to Your Rafting Trip:
We encourage you to stop by the Adrift Adventures Rafting Center before 4:00 pm to pick up your waterproof gear bag and meet us. If you can not make this time, other arrangements can be made.
7:30 am – 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. 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 2:00 pm where you will be shuttled back to your car at the Adrift Adventures Rafting Center arriving around 3:00 pm. Breakfast and lunch provided.