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The Headquarters on the Yampa River near Hayden, Colorado, provides excellent camping, a Visitor Center and nature trail. The Headquarters has 50 camp sites; 35 are RV electric sites, 10 tent sites and five sites for group camping. The proximity to Hwy 40 makes the Headquarters the base camp for many outdoor activities in the Steamboat area: hunting, fishing, and OHV riding.

A 134 - mile stretch of the Yampa River is the heart of Yampa River State Park. It has 13 access points stretching from Hayden to the Dinosaur National Monument near the Utah border. The river access sites offer recreationists six camping areas, excellent fishing on miles of flat-water and Class I-V river boating.

The Elkhead Reservoir is the third major component of the Yampa River State Park system. Elkhead Reservoir is now open for public access.  Currently it is open for day use only from 8 am to 10 pm for boating and fishing.  There will be 2 swim beaches available later in the season. Other recreation facilities will be available in the future.

Yampa River State Park has reopened access to downriver floating at all public access sites.  Day use, Camping and bank fishing ia also available at all sites.

The Yampa River State Park Booksore offers a variety of gifts, games, clothing and books for all interests.

Nature

The Yampa River supports a rich agricultural heritage that shapes the unique character of this area. It also represents an important opportunity to find ways to perpetuate a working landscape compatible with the conservation of a nationally significant river system.

Wildlife
The Yampa River is one of the most hydrologically and biologically intact rivers in the West, supporting a diversity of native aquatic communities (including four federally listed fish species -- Colorado pikeminnow, humpback chub, bonytail chub and razorback sucker -- as well as candidate species such as the Colorado River cutthroat trout) and significant reaches of globally rare riparian plant communities.  Sandhill cranes stage on the Yampa River during migratory travel and to care for their young until they are ready to fly. Blue Heron rookeries co-exist with nesting bald eagles and a variety of other avian species. This area of Northwest Colorado is known for abundant big game species: Elk, deer and antelope can be found throughout the year.

Geology
The Yampa River is located in the Wyoming Basin Physiographic Province of the Rocky Mountains.  The river basin is defined by four major structural features, the Washakie Basin, the Park Range, the Unita Mountains and the White River Plateau. The headwaters of the Yampa River begin in the area know as the Flat Tops and pass through a variety of unique features such as volcanic dikes , exposed Precambrian through Quaternary rocks; flowing into the wide alluvial valley where agricultural lands and riparian habitat co-exist.

Plants
The Yampa River is one of the last relatively intact river systems in the west and contains globally rare plant communities.  While riparian areas occupy less than 3 percent of the western landscape, they provide habitat for 80 percent of the region’s wildlife. Mature Cottonwoods line the river corridor and provide the base for other riparian plant species.

Fees

Daily Pass: $6
2008 Annual Pass $60.00
Camping Fees
Basic campsite in Headquarters campground: $14
Electric campsite in Headquarters campground: $18
Teepees in Headquarters campground: $25 per day
Basic campsite in the six Yampa River access campgrounds: $8
Dump Station Usage: Free with valid camping pass at Headquarters Campground

Group Facilities
Group Picnic Area Rental: (Headquarters only) $60 per day
Conference Room rental Headquarters Visitor Center: $25 per day
Group Camping Area: $14/site for all 5 sites.