The largest wild tributary of the Colorado River Basin that remains mostly unregulated is the mighty Yampa River. Rising from the mountain streams of the Park Range and White River Plateau, the Yampa River Basin drains nearly 8000 square miles that finally culminates in the astonishing beauty of Yampa Canyon.

From mid May through July the Yampa swells with the melting snow of spring runoff making for the best boating months.  During the high water year of 2011 Yampa Canyon showcased the rivers wild nature and powerful whitewater. Then during the following year of 2012 a light snowpack and dry spring led to a trickling river. No matter the river flow people jump at the opportunity to see the canyon for the first time, fifth or apply again and again, year after year.


Mighty. Wild. Free.


Become a member! Friends of the Yampa's mission is to protect and enhance the river’s environmental and recreational integrity through stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships.



Friends of the Yampa organizes events for the public like river cleanups and festivals while also being a voice for the Yampa's rare qualities and habitat. Friends of the Yampa also help fund the construction and maintenance of river features and access from put in to take out across Northwest Colorado.