Yampa River State Park

JUNIPER CANYON River Access Site

JUNIPER CANYON is located 12 miles down
river from Duffy Mountain Access Site. Take U.S.
Highway 40 west out of Craig for about 20 miles
to Moffat County Road 53. Drive south about
3.6 miles to Moffat County Road 74 and turn
right (west) for 0.8 mile. The improved site has a
vault toilet, picnic sites, parking and boat ramp.
Overnight camping is available. State Park passes
are required.
CAUTION: Due to Class III rapids, open canoeists
should not travel over the diversion dam located
in Juniper Canyon. Canoeists and inexperienced
boaters should portage on the right or left side
of the river.
Boating at Yampa River State Park

Yampa River boaters have 13 access points in the 134-mile-long Yampa River State Park portion of the river, stretching from Hayden, Colorado, to Dinosaur National Monument on the Utah border (permits required within Dinosaur National Monument). All access sites have some type of river access for boating or limited walk-wade fishing. Seven sites have developed ramps. Six of the accesses have camping with restrooms, hardened pads with tables and grills. The camping-area access sites have between five and 10 campsites, depending on the area. Many of these access sites allow you to float onto BLM lands which offer a primitive (undeveloped) camping experience along the way.

The river flow varies between Class I-II and Class V rapids. The majority of the Yampa River is Class I-II. with Juniper Canyon being III-IV, depending on flows. The Cross Mt. Canyon segment is class IV-V and can be impassible, depending on flows. In March and April, the flow averages 500 to 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs). In May and June, flows reach 5000 to13,000 cfs. From late June through August, flows will drop to 500 cfs, and go up to 750 cfs in late September.

Depending on river flows, developed ramps may be closed for safety and legal reasons.

Directions

JUNIPER CANYON is located 12 miles down
river from Duffy Mountain Access Site. Take U.S.
Highway 40 west out of Craig for about 20 miles
to Moffat County Road 53. Drive south about
3.6 miles to Moffat County Road 74 and turn
right (west) for 0.8 mile. The improved site has a
vault toilet, picnic sites, parking and boat ramp.
Overnight camping is available. State Park passes
are required.
CAUTION: Due to Class III rapids, open canoeists
should not travel over the diversion dam located
in Juniper Canyon. Canoeists and inexperienced
boaters should portage on the right or left side
of the river.