Yampa River State Park RV & Campground Guide

Colorado

Experience another side of the Colorado wilderness at Yampa River State Park. With three distinct areas spread out across a large swathe of northwestern Colorado, this isn’t a traditional state park. In one visit, you can paddle 134 miles of the Yampa River, swim in the Elkhead Reservoir, or enjoy the outdoors in the campground at park headquarters. The river, of course, is the park’s main attraction, and you can paddle through impossibly green farmland in the Yampa Valley and float beneath towering canyon walls. In the East Cross Mountain section, experienced rafters can navigate Class V rapids. Most parts of the park are located near a town, and the headquarters sits just six miles from Hayden and 31 miles from lovely Steamboat Springs.

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Weather
Spring 25-65 F
Summer 44-84 F
Fall 21-76 F
Winter 8-36 F
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Nearby Cities
Hayden, CO
Steamboat Springs, CO
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Yampa River State Park

Any trip to Yampa River State Park involves a great deal of outdoor adventure — that’s why it pays to use an RV as your home base. Haven’t bought your own motorhome yet? An RV rental gives you the chance to upgrade your vacation and get a sense of the features you need most.

Yampa River State Park Campground

Located near Hayden and the park’s headquarters, the Yampa River State Park Campground is conveniently located for river and reservoir access. Here, there are 49 sites. Over 30 offer electric hookups for RVs, and 14 are designated for tents. Within the campground, you’ll find hot showers and a laundry room. If you’re bringing kids, they’ll love the picnic area and playground. The Yampa River is a quick walk from every site, so you can go fishing or enjoy the scenery along the short nature trail. At the end of your visit, the on-site dump station helps you get ready to hit the road. A basic campsite is $24 per night, and a site with electric hookups is $35.

Routt County Fairgrounds RV Park

Located just six miles from Yampa River State Park in Hayden, Routt County Fairgrounds RV Park makes it easy to stay close to park headquarters. This spot has nine RV spaces with full hookups along with 14 sites with 20-amp electric hookups. Sites here are simple concrete pads, but the location is handy for adventures throughout the Yampa River Valley. A bathhouse nearby has hot showers and flush toilets. Full hookup sites start at $43.09 per night, and simple sites are $25. You’ll get a significant discount on the premium sites if you stay for a week or more.

Craig KOA Journey

When it comes to amenities, it’s hard to beat Craig KOA Journey. This full-service campground offers a wide range of perks, including full hookups, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a dog park. Go ahead and bring your big rig because sites here can accommodate RVs up to 75 feet long, and pull-through spots are available. Most campsites are located under the trees, ensuring that you’ll have plenty of shade as you relax by your fire pit. Rates can vary dramatically throughout the year, but you can expect to pay at least $48 per night.

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What to Do at
Yampa River State Park

Inside Yampa River State Park

The river is the star of the show at Yampa River State Park; it’s popular for boating, whitewater rafting, and trout fishing. If you’d prefer to enjoy the river from the shore, you can explore the hiking trails that run from the river access points; the Duffy, Cross Mountain, and Mt. Juniper Canyon access points have the best views and trails. Birding is a popular activity on the nature trail at park headquarters. You’ll also find volleyball courts and picnic areas. Head to the Elkhead Reservoir for swimming, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking.

Outside Yampa River State Park

Yampa River State Park is located less than an hour from a variety of small towns, including Craig and Steamboat Springs. Whether you want to enjoy a fine meal or go shopping, you’ll find plenty of opportunities. Prefer to make the most of Colorado’s wilderness? With a variety of mountain and valley areas nearby, the adventures are endless. 

Restaurants

Sunny Side Inn

Grab a hearty diner breakfast, lunch, or dinner at this friendly Hayden restaurant. With a menu that features burgers, eggs, and more, there’s an option for everyone in your group.

Type: American diner

Location: 825 W Jefferson Ave, Hayden, CO 81639

Hiway 40 Grill & Lodge

Fill up on burgers and pub fare at this friendly spot. Enjoy the ambiance of the historic wood-beamed dining room, or grab a table on the airy outdoor patio.

Type: Bar and grill

Location: 136 E Jefferson Ave, Hayden, CO 81639

Wild Goose Coffee at the Granary

Sip a cup of coffee and enjoy a house-made treat at this charming coffee shop that overlooks a grain elevator. Come in the morning to try the quiche, or stop by for a sandwich or sausage roll at lunch.

Type: Coffee shop

Location: 198 E Lincoln Ave, Hayden, CO 81639

The Seasoned Brisket

This barbecue joint is legendary for its brisket; try it alone or in a sandwich. Don’t worry if you’re not a meat-eater because the restaurant also has a substantial vegetarian menu.

Type: BBQ

Location: 1740 E, US-40, Craig, CO 81625

Gino's Pizzeria

With a menu loaded with traditional pizzas, salads, and appetizers, this restaurant is a sure-fire way to please your crew. You can also order a range of hot sandwiches and burgers.

Type: Pizza

Location: 572 Breeze St, Craig, CO 81625

Shopping

The Find, Co.

Discover one-of-a-kind antiques and home decor at this eclectic shop, which is located in downtown Hayden.

Location: 151 W Jefferson Ave, Hayden, CO 81639

J & R Cyclery

If you’re planning on biking during your trip to Yampa River State Park, this friendly bike store has everything you need to ride safely.

Location: 530 Russell St, Craig, CO 81625

Moffat Mercantile

Choose from a selection of colorful Colorado merchandise, handmade goods, and home items at this lovely gift shop.

Location: 529 Yampa Ave, Craig, CO 81625

Steamboat Hat Shop

This store carries a range of hats and clothing, so you can pick up a cowboy hat or get a fishing hat for your trip on the river.

Location: 635 Lincoln Ave Unit R, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Fringe Boutique

This stylish boutique carries fashion-forward women’s clothing and casual wear-anywhere pieces.

Location: 907 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Sightseeing

Steamboat Springs

This stunning mountain town is packed with activities, making it a great place to visit at any time of the year. Enjoy world-class hiking and mountain biking in the summer, or come in the winter for fantastic skiing and snowboarding. You’ll also find a range of restaurants, stores, and tour operators.

Location: Steamboat Springs, CO

Strawberry Hot Springs

Soak in naturally heated pools with views of the Colorado wilderness at this popular spot, which is located 38 miles from Yampa River State Park headquarters near Steamboat Springs. Book a massage, grab a snack, or simply enjoy the spectacular rock pools.

Location: Steamboat Springs, CO

Stagecoach State Park

With its massive reservoir and excellent hiking-trail network, this park is a fun spot to spend an afternoon with the family. In the winter, borrow a fat tire bike from the park office and get a workout in the snow. This park, which is located near Oak Park, is open year-round.

Location: Oak Creek, CO

Cedar Mountain

Covering 880 acres, this recreation area is popular with ATV riders, equestrians, hikers, and bikers. A large trail network takes you past colorful cliffs and through juniper groves. This spot is located 20 miles northwest of Yampa River State Park near Craig, Colorado.

Location: Craig, CO

Guided Rafting Trips

See the Yampa River from a raft on a whitewater rafting trip. Book a trip with a local outfitter and enjoy a wild ride down the rapids; you can also opt for more relaxed flatwater trips. These excursions usually run between Steamboat Springs and Dinosaur National Monument.

Location: Buena Vista, CO

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How to Get to
Yampa River State Park

Yampa River State Park is conveniently located right off of Highway 40, so it’s easy to access in an RV. From Interstate 70 in the south, you can access Highway 40 via Highway 131 or Highway 13. In addition, there are 12 river-access points between the park headquarters and Dinosaur National Monument near the Utah border.

Entering Yampa River State Park

Yampa River State Park is always open for camping. However, the visitor center hours vary.

Per vehicle : $9

Individual (no vehicle) : $4

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