May 24-29, 2019

Status FULL
Cost $1794
Travel Dates May 24-29, 2019
Description The Yampa River is the only major tributary of the Colorado River system that still  runs wild and free, It  starts  in Colorado and joins the Green River at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah. Easily manageable Class III and IV whitewater rafting carry us down the river with frequent  stops  to  hike and explore the side canyons with their  native American  pteroglyphs  dwelling and   pioneer remains.  Three  fine meals a day will be prepared by the  guides.  We will travel in rafts  and a paddle boat, Inflatable  two person  kayaks will also  be  available .We  will sleep on the river banks under the brightest stars most of us will ever see. Our group of fifteen ADK members will be expertly and safely led by professional guides during our five days on the river.
  • Gratuities for the guides
  • Professional  river guides
  • All meals from lunch on day 1 on the river  through lunch on the last day on the river
  • 2 waterproof bags to hold your gear for the trip (approximate sealed size: 13” diameter x 25” tall —with a maximum capacity of 2 cubic feet). Your sleeping bag and pad must fit into one bag and your remaining gear will fit into the other bag. Please note: If you rent O.A.R.S. gear it will come already packed in one of the two waterproof bags issued to each passenger. Your remaining gear, therefore, must fit in one bag.
  • 1 small waterproof bag for camera and other small items you’ll want during the day (approximate sealed size: 17” tall x 9” diameter)
  • 2-person tents on a shared basis (there is a $30 charge for a rented private tent)
  • Personal flotation device (PFD) which must be worn at all times on the river in compliance with insurance regulations
  • Camp chairs
  • Eating utensils, cups and plates
  • Inflatable rafts, helmets and related equipment
  • Transfers from the O.A.R.S./ Don Hatch warehouse to the river and back
  • Wetsuit or Splash Jacket–weather dependent (does not include footwear of any kind, including wetsuit booties)., There will be a limited supply of wetsuits for use in the inflatable kayaks . If you have your own, please feel free to bring it with you
Not Included
  • Transportation to and from Vernal, Utah.
  • Pre- and post-  trip accommodations and meals
  • Sleeping bags and pads (these may be rented from O.A.R.S.)
  • Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance.  Insurance is strongly advised.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature (an equipment list will be provided on registration)
Payment Policy Schedule of Payments: $600 deposit is due on registration. Final payment of $1194 is due no later than February 1, 2019.
Cancellation Policy If you withdraw from the trip before December 1, 2018, you will be refunded $500 dollars. Up to February 1, 2019, you will receive $400. After February 1 2019, your payment is not refundable unless it is possible to fill your place with another participant. You would then receive all but $100.  If the trip does not take place, or the leader decides the trip is not for you, full refund including the $100.
What to Bring Be prepared for early spring hiking conditions at high elevations.  Avoid cotton while hiking, dress in layers, and be prepared for sudden weather changes.  Plan to carry liquids in your pack, and allow for additional water due to the high elevation and low humidity.   Be prepared for significant sun exposure at high elevation on several hikes.  Further details will be provided to participants prior to the trip.
Trip Insurance It is very strongly recommended that all participants have trip or travel insurance that will cover trip cancellation by the participant, travel delays, medical expenses and medical evacuation. ADK does not provide this insurance and does not cover medical expenses or evacuation in the event you are injured or become ill during the trip. Note that if you have to cancel after the date indicated above, and cannot be replaced from the leader’s waiting list, if any, you could be out the entire amount you paid for the trip.



Daily Itinerary Day One, Friday, May 24:

We meet for the first time and go out to dinner in Vernal.

After dinner, we will have a pre-trip meeting at 7:00 PM at the O.A.R.S./ Don Hatch warehouse in Vernal. We meet our guides, as well as ask any last-minute questions. We receive a trip orientation, and the guides give us our waterproof river bags so we can pack our belongings that  evening.

Day Two, Saturday, May 25:

We’ll begin our trip with a two-hour drive from Vernal to our put-in at Deer lodge Park.. After   a safety orientation,  we begin our journey.

The Yampa starts out  going through wide open flat desert  We soon  enter the Yampa River canyon,a nd rock walls loom above us, rising to heights of 1000 feet.. Today we pass class II-III whitewater  and  Disappointment Draw, Thanksgiving  Gorge and Teepee rapid . We may stop to hike to the 100 year old Stubs cabin or the White cabin. As we will do every day, we stop mid- morning and afternoon for a food break prepared by the guides.

Campsite: Ponderosa or Teepee Campsite. Distance:11-13 miles.

Day Three, Sunday, May 26:

On our second day on the river,, we pass Little Joe Rapid, Five Springs Rapid,  we pass Starvation Valley and Johnson Canyon.

Campsite: Harding Hole. Distance 17 miles.

Day Four, Monday, May 27:

The canyon walls become bigger and  deeper  as we float past some of the most astounding rock marvels of all  Grand Overhang, Cleopatra’s Couch, and Tiger Wall, a sheer cliff wall of pale sandstone, streaked with jet-black stripes of manganese oxide, or “desert varnish.”We have hikes up Hells Canyon  and to Mantle Cave. On this day we go down  our only Class IV rapid, Warm Springs which was formed in 1965 when heavy floods strewed boulders into the river creating the Yampa’s biggest rapid

Campsite: Box Elder. Distance: 18 miles.

Day Five, Tuesday, May 28:

Today we reach the confluence with the Green River

We round Steamboat Rock and continue into Echo Park. Here we may stop to visit the Fremont rock art near the side of the river. We may also hike to Whispering Cave, passing magnificent sandstone formations along the way. In Whirlpool Canyon, we might take the longest hike of our trip, following beautiful Jones Hole Creek to panels of pictographs and petroglyphs made by native Americans hundreds of years ago. We pass Greasy Pliers and Whirlpool Canyon rapids,

Campsite: Island Park. Distance: 13 miles.

Day Six, Wednesday, May 29 :

Our last day starts out with flat water but we pick up speed as we go down  four major rapids, Moonshine ,S.O.B., Schoolboy and Inglesby. We pass Rainbow Park and Moonshine Draw and finally reach our our take-out point at Split Mountain, We’ll take a short ride back to Vernal, returning to the Don Hatch/O.A.R.S. warehouse between 3:30 and 5:30

Distance: 10 miles

(We do not know the campsites in advance as they are allocated by the National Park Service, just before the launch date, The named campsites above are the one we aim for but are not guaranteed. Distances and potential hikes are also estimates and depend on water level, weather, other groups on the water and group interests. There are a number of Class II un-named rapids on the trip.)

Available for Rent
  • Sleep Kit: Can be rented for $40 per person. Sleep kits consist of a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, ground tarp, sheet, pillow and pillowcase.
  • Sleeping Pad Only: The pad only may be rented for $15
  • 2-Person Tent: 2 person tents are provided. It is assumed you will share this tent with another person. You can (if you prefer) have a tent to yourself for an additional charge of $30 per tent.  You can also bring your own compact tent but need to inform the leader in advance.
Registration Procedure Please carefully read the above detailed trip description and itinerary, and contact me if you have any questions. Then, if you decide to join this adventure, please contact me (email, phone or snail mail) and I will send you the registration paperwork, consisting of the Registration form, the Health and Physical Condition Questionnaire and Release of Liability form. Complete these forms and send them to me by U.S. Postal Service with the deposit (check payable to “ADK” or the Credit Card Authorization) to reserve a spot. Please note that original signatures are required on all forms. Spaces are reserved in the order that complete and acceptable registration forms and deposit payments are received, so don’t delay.
Trip Leader Roman Laba
22 Front Street, Schenectady, NY 12305