Yampa River Festival

Yampa River Festival

Jun 1, 2018 - Jun 3, 2018

The 38th annual Yampa River Festival aims to raise awareness for and help to protect the 270-mile Yampa River in Northwest Colorado, the last remaining major, wild river in the seven-state Colorado River basin. This event promises a fun-filled weekend for the whole family. The weekend kicks off with the Fish Creek race Friday evening. Saturday events are at Charlie's Hole at 13th Street with downriver races, freestyle competitions, the SUP Cup, crazy river dog contest, tubing and raft races and more. A slalom race wraps up the weekend on Sunday.

With a gem as priceless as the Yampa River flowing through our back yard it is important to show our respect. The annual Yampa River Festival, held each spring, is the premier opportunity to show your respect while enjoying spring flows. This year’s Yampa River Festival is scheduled for the weekend of June 2nd in Steamboat Springs Colorado and is sure to thrill participants and spectators alike.

The Yampa river flows through 270 miles of northwest Colorado before joining the Green River in Dinosaur National Park. With only a few small reservoirs in it’s upper stretches, the Yampa River flows mostly unimpeded, with torrents of cold snowmelt each spring. The free-flowing nature of the Yampa River is unique among the Colorado River system that is otherwise controlled, managed and tapped to it’s limit.

Annually boaters and anglers descend on the Yampa River each spring to achieve greatness in their respective sports. This spring will be no exception and the Annual Yampa River Festival is a great opportunity to get your feet wet. Whether you kayak, raft, tube, canoe, SUP, packraft or float another craft, the Yampa River Festival has something for everyone. And if you aren’t inclined to jump on the water yourself, there are plenty of opportunities to spectate, have a cold beer, some great food and show your respect for the Yampa River at this year’s Yampa River Festival. Full schedule of events as follows:

Find more information and weekend schedule on the Friends of the Yampa website.

2018 Yampa River Festival Schedule

Thursday, May 31st State of the Yampa Address and the Chief Theater
Friday, June 1st Fish Creek Race
Saturday, June 2nd Riverside Events, based at Charlie’s Hole near the Bud Werner Memorial Library
Sunday, June 3rd Kayak Slalom event at Rich Weiss Park

Click here for a full schedule of Steamboat Events