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Yampa River State Park is simply one of Colorado’s best, wildest, and most scenic state parklands. The park stretches along the Yampa River for 134 miles from west of Steamboat Springs to the border of Dinosaur National Monument in the state’s northwestern corner. The Yampa River, the only undammed river in the Colorado River system, traverses a mostly unpopulated and unknown part of the state. Thirteen points along the river allow access for river rafters, campers, fishermen, birders, hikers, naturalists, and picnickers. The main campground is near Hayden while four primitive campgrounds scatter along the river. Elkhead Reservoir north of the Yampa is a detached unit of the park. Some of the best sites in the park are Duffy Mountain, Juniper Canyon, and Cross Mountain Canyon.
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Recommended season(s): Year-round. May through September is best.
—Stewart M. Green