Little Yampa Canyon

Little Yampa Canyon SRMA includes public lands on Duffy Mountain, Illes Mountain, and Juniper Mountain. Portions of the Yampa River and Yampa Valley Trail are included in the SRMA. The Yampa river is a popular flat-water floating trip for the young and old alike. The Yampa Valley Trail actually extends from Steamboat Springs, CO to Dinosaur CO and connect with other regional trails at either end. The Duffy Mountain Area is also a popular hunting, fishing and off-highway vehicle (OHV). Motorized and mechanized vehicles are allowed on designated routes only. The 39 mile flat-water float trip through little Yampa Canyon may be accessed through South Beach River access site off of State route 13 south of Craig. The take-out at West Duffy Mountain River access site is off of Moffat County Road 17. The trip usually requires an overnight camp along the river on public lands. Users should be aware that there are private lands along the upper and lower segments of the river and should not trespass with out permission from the owner. Juniper Canyon has a large rapid which is not suitable for canoes, but offers a short white water run for rafters and kayakers. A user fee is charged at developed river access sites. River maps are available from BLM and Yampa River State Park. Colorado State Parks and BLM cooperatively enforce all appropriate laws and regulations on public lands within the river corridor. Permits are required for commercial guides and outfitters.

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From Highway 40 on the west end of Craig, Colorado, take Moffat County road 13 south. When you reach Moffat County Road 17, proceed west until you reach the entrance road to Duffey Mountain.