This update covers our visit to Yampa River State Park. We found this park to be incredibly beautiful, it is located right on the river with huge sites. We only saw a few people camping in the park and were surprised it was not full.
We drove all over the park and took pictures. This is a perfect place for a picnic or to just relax and watch the birds even if you don’t camp here. The park is also a huge wildlife area, they have a lot of pictures showing all the wildlife you can expect to see in the park.
The Yampa River is also a popular floating area. They have signs showing you where to start the float and where to be picked up. It is just a wonderful park all the way around. I am pasting information below from their website for our readers who want to know more.
Yampa River State Park, located in the beautiful Yampa valley west of Steamboat Springs, is actually three parks in one. 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.