|Yampa River State Park
A paradise for boating, fishing and camping with134-miles of river to explore.
Yampa River State Park is located in the scenic Yampa Valley just west of Steamboat Springs. Lined with mature cottonwood trees, the 134-mile stretch of Yampa River is the heart of Yampa River State Park, offering outdoor lovers an opportunity to fish, boat and camp against the unique backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.
Yampa River State Park is home to many different species of wildlife as the Yampa River supports diverse aquatic communities that include four federally listed species of fish. The park is also home to blue heron rookeries that co-exist with nesting bald eagles and a variety of other avian species. Because the park is located in an area of Colorado that is well-known for abundant herds of big game species, visitors are likely to see elk, deer and antelope year round.
In addition to the Yampa River, water enthusiasts can also enjoy Elkhead Reservoir which is located approximately 11 miles west of the Headquarters campground. When full, the reservoir provides 900 acres of water for boating, fishing, water skiing and swimming.
The Headquarters camping area is the main campground in Yampa River State Park, offering a more developed camping experience with both RV and basic camping available. This campground has 50 campsites, 35 of which are electric RV sites, 10 of which are basic tent-only sites and five group, tent-only sites. The Headquarters camping area has a camper services building with showers and laundry facilities.
Six primitive camping areas are located along the Yampa River from Hayden to Dinosaur National Monument on the Utah state line. These areas include South Beach Campground, Duffy Campground, Juniper Campground, Maybell Bridge Campground, and Cross Mountain Canyon Campground. Each campsite has between five and 10 campsites with restroom facilities, picnic tables, grills, fire rings and tent pads. Boat ramps are available at each site to access the river.
• Be sure to stop by the Visitor Center, which provides traveler information as well as maps and other resources.
• Check out the display area in the Visitor Center, which highlights the Native American history, agricultural heritage and river ecology of the area.
• If you plan on camping at Duffy Campground be sure to avoid parking at Government Bridge, which is prohibited. Instead, continue down Moffat County Road 17 until you reach the river access point. • Canoeists and inexperienced boaters should not travel over the diversion dam downstream of Juniper Canyon because of Class III rapids.
6185 W. US Hwy. 40
Hayden, CO 81639
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