Take Action Tuesday: Float the Yampa River with Western Rivers Conservancy and Learn More About The Cross Mountain Campaign

The Conservation Alliance has funded Western River Conservancy for a number of projects, including the successful Murtha Ranch Acquisition and John Day River Campaign, protecting 16 river miles and 16,015 acres of wildlands; now known as Cottonwood Canyon State Park, planned to open Fall 2013.

Most recently, the Alliance awarded WRC a grant in the amount of $35,000 for the Yampa River-Cross Mountain Acquisition Campaign in northwestern Colorado. This effort will permanently protect 920 acres of riverlands and establish public ownership of the only land‐based access point to the fabled whitewater and hunting opportunities of Cross Mountain Canyon.  

An opportunity to learn more: 

Western Rivers Conservancy is hosting an exciting, four-day, whitewater float trip through Dinosaur National Monument on Colorado's spectacular Yampa River. In addition to having a great time on one of the most coveted river trips in the western United States, you will have the opportunity to join a naturalist and WRC's Jim Cox and Josh Kling for a pre-float tour of Gumdrop Ranch at Cross Mountain Canyon. 

Trip dates are May 30 through June 4, 2013. The itinerary will include:

  • Thursday, May 30: Gather for dinner and a good night's sleep in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Lodging at Hotel Bristol; dinner at Cottonwood Grill.
  • Friday, May 31: Breakfast in Steamboat. Drive out to Gumdrop Ranch for a tour of the property. In the evening we'll join our experienced guides from Adventure Bound River Expeditions for dinner and camping at our put-in point at Deer Lodge.
  • June 1 through June 4: Float the Yampa through Dinosaur National Monument, from Deer Lodge to Split Mountain.
  • June 4: Afternoon drive back to Steamboat for dinner and a good night's sleep. Lodging at Hotel Bristol; dinner at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill.

The cost is $2,000 per person and includes four days of rafting, pre- and post-float lodging and all meals (including excellent wine and Sierra Nevada ales). Airfare and guide tips are not included. If you are interested in joining WRC on this exciting adventure please contact Jim Cox ASAP at 503-241-0151 or by email at jcox@westernrivers.org.