Yampa River Colorado State Park

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Yampa River State Park

Yampa River State Park is in the Yampa Valley, just west of Steamboat Springs. The park is home to the Elkhead Reservoir, which has its headquarters on the Yampa River providing visitors with a fantastic place to experience nature. Read More

  • Boating permits are required within Dinosaur National Monument.
  • 13 access points along the 134-mile stretch of the Yampa River offer some type of river access for boating or walk-wade fishing.
  • The Yampa River headquarters offers a nature trail with an observation deck for prime viewing of wildlife.

Overview

Yampa River State Park in the Yampa River Valley comprises three parks in one providing visitors unparallel access to supreme views and exciting recreation. The three parks include: the headquarters on the Yampa River offer excellent camping and outdoor activities, the 134-mile stretch of the Yampa River offering fishing and boating and the Elkhead Reservoir offering day use boating and fishing.

Location/Directions

The Yampa River State Park offers several public access sites along the 134-mile stretch of the Yampa River between the town of Hayden and the Dinosaur National Monument. The central park office is located on Highway 40 between the towns of Craig and Hayden.

6185 W. US Hwy. 40
Hayden, CO 81639
Phone 970-276-2061

Seasons

Yampa River State Park is open year-round, however, it is primarily used during the summer and fall seasons.

Activities

During the summer season, the three “parks” within Yampa River State Park offer excellent fishing, boating and camping opportunities. For example, the 134-mile stretch of the Yampa River offers access to 6 camping areas with access to miles of fishing on flat-water or Class I-V river rafting. The headquarters on the Yampa River also offers 50 campsites including 35 electric RV sites, 10 tent sites and 5 group camping sites.

In the fall and winter seasons, hunting is very popular in the areas as its distance from large pockets of population attracts an abundance of wildlife. However, a hunting license is required from the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Additional Info

A daily pass for Yampa River State Park is $7 while campsites range from $10 (primitive) to $24 (electric).