Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Welcome to the Yampa River and Elkhead State Parks Department!

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. Potable water hydrants and dumpstation are located at the entrance to the campground.

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. Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, camping and picnicking at the lake. There are also many opportunities to view wildlife and a hiking trail that will appeal to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

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