Yampa River State Park

STATE WILDLIFE AREA River Access Site

STATE WILDLIFE AREA
is located halfway
between Hayden and
Craig. The access is
south of U.S. Highway
40, near a small metal
railroad building
called Dorsey. No
overnight camping is
allowed. This site has
no improvements. The
Colorado Division
of Wildlife manages
the site.
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

STATE WILDLIFE AREA
is located halfway
between Hayden and
Craig. The access is
south of U.S. Highway
40, near a small metal
railroad building
called Dorsey. No
overnight camping is
allowed. This site has
no improvements. The
Colorado Division
of Wildlife manages
the site.