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Yampa River Rafting

Starts: Vernal, United States
Finishes: Jensen, United States

Visit: Vernal, Jensen

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Rafting

Overview

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One of the most sought-after whitewater adventures in the world, 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 abovewaters 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.

The Yampa River is the last undammed tributary of the Colorado River system, and its free-flowing waters surge through cauldrons of big, untamed Class III and IV rapids. In its natural state, the Yampa also displays sandy beaches, deep, colorful canyons, habitats for native plants and animals, and other splendid features of a river unfettered by man-made obstructions. Its location in Dinosaur National Monument adds an intriguing archeological element, and side hikes along the river reveal ancient fossils, prehistoric Native American ruins, and petroglyphs carved into cliff walls. All these treasures are encased in a strikingly beautiful river corridor where the tall, vertical walls are a canvas of yellow and red, sometimes dramatically streaked with jet-black coloration known as desert varnish.

Highlights

    • Exciting Class III-IV whitewater
    • Striking canyons of red, yellow and orange
    • Active trip with hiking and paddling
    • Native American & outlaw history
    • Explore Dinosaur National Monument

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 69437
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private##Private
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Vernal, United States
Finishes: Jensen, United States
Duration: 5 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Skilled professional guide service
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 through lunch on the last day
  • 2 waterproof bags to hold your gear for the trip (approximate sealed size: 13” diameter x 25” tall). Your sleeping bag and pad must fit into one bag and your remaining gear will fit into the other bag. Please note: If you rent our gear it will come already packed in one of the two waterproof bags issued to each passenger. Your remaining gear, therefore, must fit in one bag.
  • 1 small waterproof bag for camera and other small items you’ll want during the day (approximate sealed size: 17” tall x 9” diameter)
  • 2-person tents on a shared basis (there is a $30 charge for a private tent)
  • Personal flotation device (PFD) which must be worn at all times on the river in compliance with insurance regulations
  • 12-ounce insulated Klean Kanteen with Café Lid to use for drinks in camp
  • Camp chairs
  • Eating utensils, cups and plates
  • Highest quality inflatable rafts, helmets and related equipment
  • Transfers from the OARS Warehouse to the river and back
  • Wetsuit or Splash Jacket–weather dependent (does not include footwear of any kind, including wetsuit booties). For clients with a high interest in using the inflatable kayaks, we will bring a limited supply of wetsuits. If you have your own, please feel free to bring it with you

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,299 ($260/day)

Deposit:

$250 per person for bookings made 60 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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United States Vernal, Grand Overhang, Cleopatra’S Couch, Tiger Wall, Yampa River, Split Mountain Canyon
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Tour Operator

OARS

Since 1969 O.A.R.S. has been setting the unforgettable standard in rafting, sea kayaking and hiking adventures, with destinations & unparalleled experiences on the most legendary rivers, coastlines & mountains in the world – from California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, British Columbia, and Arizona’s Grand Canyon to the opulent gorges of Fiji and the Galapagos Islands, O.A.R.S. specializes in first-class adventures throughout Western North America, South America and the South Pacific.

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 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.

In Business Since 1969

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