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Yampa River State Park, located in the beautiful Yampa valley west of Steamboat Springs, is actually three parks in one. The Headquarters on the Yampa River near Hayden, Colorado, provides excellent camping, a Visitor Center and nature trail. The Headquarters has 50 camp sites; 35 are RV electric sites, 10 tent sites and five sites for group camping. The proximity to Hwy 40 makes the Headquarters the base camp for many outdoor activities in the Steamboat area: hunting, fishing, and OHV riding. A 134 - mile stretch of the Yampa River is the heart of Yampa River State Park. It has 13 access points stretching from Hayden to the Dinosaur National Monument near the Utah border. The river access sites offer recreationists six camping areas, excellent fishing on miles of flat-water and Class I-V river boating. The Elkhead Reservoir is the third major component of the Yampa River State Park system. Elkhead Reservoir is now open for public access. Currently it is open for day use only from 8 am to 10 pm for boating and fishing. There will be 2 swim beaches available later in the season. Other recreation facilities will be available in the future. 2 tipi's available for rent each Tipi sleeps 3 people, has a picnic table and fire pit. Tipi's can be reserved at the Park Office but not through Aspira For current conditions and more information, please visit the Yampa River website: http://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/yampariver
Natural Features
Trees in the area, close to the River
Recreation
At the Headquarter Campground, walkers can enjoy a mile of nature trail to work the kinks out from the long day's drive. The primary hiking opportunity is at many of the river access sites along the river. Hiking in the area is primarily on BLM lands and offers a diverse experience for all levels and interests. With the high-desert environment, your hikes can offer some of the most scenic views found anywhere. Areas like Duffy Mt., Juniper Canyon and Cross Mountain have some excellent hiking territory.
Facilities
Camper services building with showers, and flush toilets
Nearby Attractions
Elk Head Reservoir, Yampa River
Alerts and Important Information
You must have your confirmation letter either printed or on your phone when you arrive at the park. For all cabins, yurts, and tipis: Your access code will be on your confirmation letter and you must have it in order to enter your cabin, yurt, or tipi. Park staff may not be available to assist you when you arrive on the park, so be sure to have this code with you.
In order to receive a senior discount, primary occupant must be 64+ AND hold a valid Aspen Leaf, Columbine, Centennial, Blue Spruce, or Volunteer Senior pass at the time of reservation AND upon arrival at the park. If your pass is on sage green or bright orange paper with a handwritten expiration date it, you must exchange your pass for one issued through the system at any CPW location prior to making the reservation in order to receive your discount.
Reservation fees DO NOT include parks pass entrance fees. All vehicles must have a valid parks pass in order to access the park. Annual passes may be purchased at the time of your reservation or online, by phone, at sales agents, or CPW offices and parks. Daily vehicle and individual/walk-in parks passes may be purchased upon arrival at the park.

Payment of Fees

All camping and reservation fees must be paid in advance of occupancy or use of park facilities. Campers are responsible for all fees related to this policy. If you have any questions about reservations, please call the ASPIRA Call Center at (800) 244-5613.

Beginning July 1, 2023, all Full Hookup, Cabin, Yurt, and Electric site types will be subject to a Lodging Tax per the Department of Revenue. This tax is paid to the county in which the park is located and is not retained by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Reservation fees DO NOT include parks pass entrance fees. All vehicles must have a valid park pass in order to access the park. Annual passes may be purchased at the time of your reservation or online, by phone, at sales agents, or CPW offices and parks. Daily vehicle and individual/walk-in park passes may be purchased with cash or check (self-serve, no attendant) upon arrival at the park.
NO-SHOW Policy
If you do not arrive to the park within 24 hours of your scheduled check in time and do not notify the park that you will be arriving late, your site may be resold and may not be available when you arrive. The fees for any nights passed are non-refundable.

Changes and Cancellations
  • Cancellations or changes may be made online 24 hours a day 7 days a week, or through the Aspira Call Center at 1-800-244-5613.
  • Reservations where one or more dates fall outside of the 6-month booking window are frozen for 14 days.
  • Cancellations:
    • If the cancellation is made 28 days or more prior to the arrival date, 25% of the fee for 1 night or day-use permit will be retained
    • If the cancellation is made 8-27 days prior to the arrival date, 50% of the fee for 1 night or day-use permit will be retained.
    • If the cancellation is made 7 days or less prior to the arrival date, 100% of the fee for 1 night or day-use permit will be retained.
    • If a reservation is cancelled at any time after the arrival date, any nights prior to the cancellation are NON-REFUNDABLE
  • Changes:
    • If a change in the reservation is made 28 days or more prior to the arrival date, 10% of the fee for one night or day-use permit will be retained.
    • If a change in the reservation is made 8-27 days prior to the arrival date, 15% of the fee for one night or day-use permit will be retained.
    • If a change in the reservation is made 7 days or less prior to arrival, 20% of the fee for one night or day-use permit will be retained.
    • If the change in the reservation dates is made between the day after the arrival date and the departure date, the fees for any nights or days passed are NON-REFUNDABLE.
    • There is no additional fee to add days to a reservation.
    • The reservation holder is responsible for any difference in use fees.
  • Customers who wish to receive a refund outside of these rules will need to contact the park at which they have the reservation directly.
  • No exceptions to the refund policy will be given for bugs, bad weather, campfire bans, water conditions (including water levels, boat ramp or swim beach closures, and algae)!
  • If the original reservation was made directly with the park, any refunds resulting from changes/cancellations will be issued via personal check and may take up to 90 days from the date of the change/cancellation to be processed.

By making a reservation with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, you are agreeing to read and abide by all rules stated in this purchase flow and on the confirmation letter.

All electric sites have 20, 30, & 50 amp electric.

Please use www.cpwshop.com to make, cancel, or change reservations or make any license, pass, or retail purchases. ReserveAmerica.com has limited functionality for CPW customers.

Per CPW regulation, no individual may camp or park a motor vehicle, trailer or camper on a state park for more than fourteen (14) days in any twenty-eight (28) day period on a single park. For the purposes of this regulation, an individual is defined as any person who has occupied a site, whether or not they are formally listed on the reservation as the reserving party or primary occupant.

Any reservations made with one or more days outside of the 6-month reservation window will be frozen to changes for 14 days from the date the reservation was made.
Notes

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reserves the right, when necessary, to modify any reservation policies.

Please practice Leave No Trace principles!

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Others

    For more information: https://lnt.org/why/7-principles/
  • Yampa River State Park camping trips are easy to plan with ReserveAmerica. Yampa River State Park campground reservations can be made online. Click one of the links below to see available campsites at Yampa River State Park or day pass availability.