By Mike Grijalva
In mid-July of 2016, at the very end of the runnable water level, a group of friends and family floated the Yampa River for 6 days in sunshine. The Yampa is on the eastern edge of Utah, is free flowing, and joins the Green River to become the Green through Dinosaur National Park. You need a permit which is much in demand, so you needs lots of entries and lots of luck. The river water can be very mild in temperature at this time and the air in the 80s. There are several class 2 rapids and a class 3 at low water, and more action at high water. You put in at a small riverside park out in the wide open spaces, and float into a canyon in about two miles, and the rest of the trip you are surrounded by sandstone cliffs hundreds of feet high. There are large camps and trails along the shore in many areas. Add this one to your "do for sure" list.