Raft the Yampa River
The last one
During the 1960s, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had plans to build Echo Park Dam, which would have flooded the Green and Yampa River canyons in Dinosaur National Monument. Thanks to strong opposition by environmentalists of the day, this dam was never built, and these canyons and the free-flowing character of the Yampa River were preserved.
This was a major win, but in order to save Echo Park and the Yampa River, sacrifices were made in the form of Flaming Gorge Dam on the Green River and Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. The completion of these projects left the Yampa River as the last major free-flowing tributary in the Colorado River system (a few small dams have been built, but have only minor impacts on its flow).
The free-flowing nature of the Yampa River helps it maintain a natural hydrograph, which supports a healthy riparian environment. Additionally, the Yampa’s silty, relatively warm waters, provide ideal spawning conditions for native fish such as the Colorado pikeminnow and humpback chub, which have mostly disappeared from other parts of the Colorado River system.
Float the Yampa River into the Green River
Five-day guided rafting tours
One of the great river trips in the American West is the Yampa-Green in Dinosaur National Monument. This multi-day river trip follows 72 miles of roadless wilderness – starting on the Yampa River in northeast Colorado and ending on the Green River in western Utah – all within Dinosaur National Monument. Float and camp on the Yampa River for three days, until its confluence with the Green River at Echo Park. The final leg of this tour is through Split Mountain Gorge on the Green River near Jensen, Utah.
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