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Get Involved: Yampa River and Elkhead State Parks

Become part of an enthusiastic community that shares your passion. Volunteers are critical in all parts of Yampa River and Elkhead State Parks. Volunteer today!

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Campground Host - Elkhead

Elkhead Reservoir is located approximately 12 miles from the Yampa River Headquarters campground. There are over 1,300 acres of land surrounding the lake and campground; the lake itself is 4 miles long.

Elkhead Reservoir's Bears Ears campground is located on the south end of the reservoir near the east side of the dam with views of the Elkhead Mountain Range. Bears Ears offers 16 campsites with 4 pull-through. Each site is developed with a hardened gravel pad, picnic table, shade shelter, and fire pit. This campground does not have utilities (water, sewer, or power) available for the public, but two double CXT restrooms are conveniently located at each end of the campground. The lake is popular for picnicking, viewing wildlife, fishing, hunting, boating, and water sports. There is also a newly developed hiking trail around the lake.

Volunteer responsibilities:

  • Daily cleaning of campground restrooms
  • Using an ATV to comb the swim beach
  • Contacting visitors
  • Possibly some mowing
Site elevation: 6,200 ft.

Looking for 3 hosts for the 2024 season! Folks who are working remotely are welcome to apply, and hosts are permitted to have pets.


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Campground Host - Yampa River

Yampa River State Park visitor center and campground are located on 70 acres along the Yampa River three miles west of Hayden, CO. This area includes a fifty-unit campground with 35 improved (electric) sites, 15 tent sites, and 1 teepee. The Yampa River offers excellent fishing opportunities. The Yampa River is also a popular area for canoeing and rafting, along with 4 miles of Class 5 whitewater rafting available. Volunteer host responsibilities include: assist rangers with projects and maintenance, evening walkthrough of campground for visitor interaction, and management/care of host site vegetation which includes tree watering, weed control and mowing.

Looking for 1 host/pair interested in leading interpretive programs, and 1 host/pair to do janitorial duties for the camper services building.

Amenities: One host site has full hook-ups, the other will have sewage and electric (50 amp) and water will be brought in.

Site elevation, 6,200 ft.



Ready to get involved?

Apply online to become a volunteer.

Questions? Contact Kirk Mahaffie
(970) 276-2061

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Special Projects

Special Projects may include but are not limited to: Writing and developing outdoor interpretive signs for self-guiding trails or roadside exhibits; recruiting other volunteers; photographing or video taping park programs, special events, visitors, or resources; assisting in planning volunteer recognition or social events; training other volunteers; providing equipment, donated funds, or expertise on special projects; designing and creating puppets, historical costumes, and more.


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