Experience 71 Miles on the Yampa River, Rafting and Hiking

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Organized through CMC Adventure Travel Committee. Please contact trip leader, Janet Martel, for pretrip packet at  jmartel98@gmail.com .

Yampa River and the Dinosaur National Monument 
June 3- June 9, 2012
Cost:  $1226.30
***B level classification for hikes

The Yampa River is the last undammed tributary of the Colorado River system, and its free-flowing waters surge through cauldrons of big, untamed Class III and IV rapids. In its natural state, the Yampa also displays sandy beaches, deep, colorful canyons, habitats for native plants and animals, and other splendid features of a river unfettered by man-made obstructions.

Its location in Dinosaur National Monument adds an intriguing archeological element, and side hikes along the river reveal ancient fossils, prehistoric Native American ruins, and petroglyphs carved into cliff walls. All these treasures are encased in a strikingly beautiful river corridor whose tall, vertical walls are a canvas of yellow and red, sometimes dramatically streaked with jet-black coloration known as “desert varnish.”

We will carpool to Vernal, UT to begin our rafting/hiking adventure.  5 days on the river with 4 nights camping.  We will have the choice of paddle boats, oar boats, or inflatable kayaks.  There will be day hikes to historic and natural settings from the river.  Optional last day visit to private ranch with extensive petroglyph panels in the Vernal area before driving back home.

Trip includes: lodging first and last nights, all meals on river, dry bags, guides, boats, and transport to and from river.

Not Included: Carpooling to Vernal, meals in transit, tents, and sleeping bags.

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