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Yampa River Rafting

4 and 5 Days from $799
Trip Highlights
  • Exciting Class III-IV whitewater
  • Striking canyons of red, yellow & orange
  • Active trip with hiking and paddling
  • Native American & outlaw history
  • Explore Dinosaur National Monument
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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveller Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting)

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The season runs June - July.

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Departure Dates

4 Days:
May 9, 16, 19, 24; June 9, 23
5 Days: May 11, 21, 26; June 2, 6, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27; July 3

Specialty Departures

Adult Only: May 13, 30
Geology: June 4

Meeting Place
Hatch / O.A.R.S. Warehouse – 221 North 400 East, Vernal, Utah

4 Days
Adult: $899* to $999
Youth: $799* to $899

5 Days
Adult: $1049* to $1199
Youth: $899* to $1049
Geology: $1258* to $1358

Deposit: $250

*Premiere Pricing! Available when you're one of the first four people to book by March 31, 2016.

Additional Costs: Optional $91 per person transportation package from Vernal to river and back, $5 NPS fee
Sleep Kit $40 | Tent included

Prices subject to National Park Service Approval

River Rating Minimum Age
Class III - IV7 (12 during high water)
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Yampa River Rafting in Dinosaur National Monument - Overview

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One of the most sought-after whitewater adventures in the world, O.A.R.S. Yampa River trip is an unforgettable Colorado river rafting adventure for kids, teens and ever-inquisitive travelers alike. The Yampa River is the one major tributary in the Colorado River system that runs wild and free, straight to the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. For three months a year (May-July), the Yampa River flows free with fresh, surging run-off from miles above — waters originating from the melting snows and glaciers of the world-famous Colorado Rockies. Easily manageable Class III and IV whitewater rafting flows carry paddlers through colorful canyons of red, yellow and orange and on into Dinosaur National Monument. A billion years are captured in these canyon walls, along with the remnants of various life forms that existed long before humans. Our pathway through time showcases some of the oldest exposed rocks in the world, ones that have been folded, lifted and split by eons of geological forces.

Yampa River Rafting  - Itinerary at a Glance

  • Scenic ride from Vernal, Utah to our put-in at Deerlodge Park
  • The whitewater intensifies as we enter the Yampa River Canyon and stunning rock walls rise 1000 feet above the river
  • Hike to Stubs Cabin, an old cattle rustler homestead
  • Visit the Fremont Indian granaries
  • The fascinating geology of this canyon reaches its apex as we float past some of the most astounding rock marvels of all: Grand Overhang, Cleopatra’s Couch, and Tiger Wall
  • Raft the exciting Class III-IV Warm Springs Rapid
  • Confluence with the Green River: the whitewater intensifies
  • Round Steamboat Rock, Echo Park and Fremont rock art
  • Hike to Whispering Cave and Whirlpool Canyon
  • We pick up speed as we enter Split Mountain Canyon and the river’s gradient becomes considerably steeper. Four or five major rapids deliver plenty of whitewater excitement during our last day on the river
  • Shuttle from Split Mountain to Vernal

Authorized Concessioner

O.A.R.S. Canyonlands, Inc. & Don
Hatch River Expeditions, Inc. are
authorized concessioners of Dinosaur
National Monument.
O.A.R.S. is proud to donate 1% of sales from this trip to the National
Park Foundation to help protect our parks and get more kids outside!

Trips will be operated by O.A.R.S. or Don Hatch River Expeditions depending on the launch date.

Trip costs include optional $91/person transportation package (can be deleted if you prefer another option) and National Park Service entrance fee.

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“Help, you've created a monster!!!!!!!! Someone at O.A.R.S. told me we would become river junkies if we took an O.A.R.S. trip, well I just returned from a week on the Yampa River with my boyfriend and teenage son and we are hooked. Our guides made the whole experience absolutely brilliant....they were outstanding to be on the river with, each had their own great energy and knowledge. Even my 13 year old son was eager to hike and explore and listen to the history of the canyons we hiked. And even though none of us had any prior rafting experience, our guides made such a great team when helping us negotiate the rapids in kayakes and making us feel safe. Ok, ok i could go on and on, just so you know, we are planning our next trip, requesting our favorite guides and looking forward to the "crack of dawn" coffee call. Until next time... ”
Susan Devall, Rick Skolnik and Chase Penn ~ Los Angeles, CA

“Everything was outstanding. This was my 27th raft trip, (started in 1981 on an 18-day dory trip with Grand Canyon Dories) and this trip was as good as any of them. From pretrip info to all the guides on this trip it was top notch all the way. I honestly can't think of anything I would change.”
Wayne Schwartz ~ Los Angeles, CA (Yampa Geology Trip)

“O.A.R.S. is consistent in providing a professional and casual experience. The guides for each trip have been cordial, fun, and attentive to the guests' needs. As for this trip, I enjoyed having 23 members of my family together for a great vacation...In most trips, the guests need to adapt to the guides' attitudes and personality. In this trip, it was the guides that adapted to our group's personality and they were fantastic at it. Yet, they were able to take control when it was crucial.”
Greg Smith ~ El Cajon, CA

“The combination of education, excitement, true experience in the outdoors, meeting good people wrapped up in a vacation of a lifetime that left me very sad when leaving, yet excited that I knew for certain that I would be on another O.A.R.S. trip in the future...The food was all around fantastic. I am still shocked at the quality of the food and the fact that much of it was cooked in a dutch oven. My 11 year old son not only ate salmon for the first time...he said he loved it. He is normally a very narrow minded eater, but tried such a wide variety of foods and it was worth it just seeing him explore different things. Also...I would love the recipe for the salmon as well as Mike's Guacamole...PLEASE!!!!”
Kim Corwin ~ Nashville, TN

“The entire trip was FABULOUS! The food was amazing and the guides were so friendly and knowledgeable; I learned a lot because of their enthusiasm to inform.”
Kim Corwin ~ Nashville, TN

“The guides are fabulous. This is our fourth trip with O.A.R.S. and we've met so many great people. Also...the food was Yummy.”
Susan Finch ~ Nashville, TN

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Average Temperatures
Month High Low
April 65° 33°
May 76° 41°
June 87° 48°
July 94° 55°
August 92° 53°
September 81° 44°
Water Temperatures
May 50°
June 55° - 65°
July 65° - 70°

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
O.A.R.S. Companies Inc.,
PO Box 67, Angels Camp, CA 95222