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The mighty and wild Yampa River is undammed.  Thank God!

Yampa Skies Thank you David Brower! Thank you Sierra Club! 
Nows its up to you and me to keep a close eye on her.

Having survived many attempts to dam the free flow, the Yampa River is the last free-flowing river in the Colorado River drainage.
David Brower (genius, and father of modern conservation movement) cut his teeth on protecting the amazingYampa River.
Echo Park has long been the subject of a controversial dam to be built on the Yampa River.

The Yampa River averages 12 to 14 feet per mile gradient.

The 72 majestic miles of canyons of the Yampa River are filled with whitewater, spinning pools, whirlpools, fossils, caves, granaries, ampitheaters, pictographs, petroglyphs- canyons forged by ways of winds, sand, water and time.  

Your brain will sizzle like a tiny bug on a hot rock as your mind melds into the labrynth of canyons and mystical waterways. 

Floating through the winding canyons, nothing but solitude, dead cows and basketballs and Billy... ?  

Billy the basketball... where are you now Billy? Probably floated on down to Mexico...

Miles of tiger-striped walls, rising 2000 feet to the skies above... 

Whirlpool Canyon...side canyon waterfalls, whispering caves, confluence with the Green River

Split Mountain Gorge, Desert Big Horn Sheep, Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, and basketballs.

But the Yampa River is under threats again. This time from DRILLING  and BIG OIL and GAS interests:

1,100 acres offered for drilling near monument
By Will Fletcher
Morning News Staff Writer

More than a year since the leasing of oil and gas parcels surrounding Dinosaur National Monument threw the debate over drilling in sensitive areas into the national spotlight, leasing continues along what many consider northwest Colorado’s most scenic byway.
Approximately 1,100 acres have been offered up for sale near the Harpers Corner Road, between the monument and U.S. Highway 40.
The 26-mile, Park Service-owned road connects park headquarters to the south entrance of the monument and Echo Park- site of the confluence of the Yampa and Green rivers.
An approximately 200-acre lease site sits directly along the road, while another 900-acre grouping lies to the west of the Bull Canyon Wilderness Study Area.
Both sites proposed for sale at the Bureau of Land Management’s May 9 auction exist within a citizen-proposed wilderness area.
In February 2004, a total of 55 parcels were leased surrounding the monument, 27 of which fell within Colorado public lands around the road.
Another 28 lay outside of the Utah side of the park, many of which were also in citizen-proposed wilderness.
Environmental groups protested the sales, and the matter now sits awaiting a ruling from the Interior Board of Land Appeals, a process that Vern Rholl, non-renewable staff supervisor for the BLM’s White River Field Office in Meeker, said can take years.
In the meantime, the leases are open for drilling companies to apply to drill wells, said Beverly Derringer of the BLM’s state leasing office.
However, BLM officials warn a lease by no means guarantees the area will be drilled, and the area is generally regarded as containing minimal potential for retrieving gas.
The 2004 sale around Dinosaur helped land the monument on the Sierra Club’s list of the 25 most threatened wildlands in the nation. Numerous environmental and conservation groups denounced the sale as threat to the scenic and environmental sanctity of the monument.
Reed Morris of the Colorado Wilderness Network said the latest round of leases will more than likely follow a similar path of protest as this past years.
“I can tell you that conservation groups are concerned with these issues,” Morris said.
While leasing for oil and gas is precluded inside of BLM wilderness study areas, leasing within citizen-proposed areas, of which a 2,000 acre buffer exists around the Bull Canyon WSA, does not.
Oil and gas lease parcels must be nominated by a citizen or industry before being eligible for the BLM’s quarterly sales.
Rholl said such qualities as CWP are considered along with many other factors before deciding if an area can be leased.
“There really is no special status given to CWPs just because it is a CWP,” Rholl said.
In the Little Snake Field Office, which manages 1.3 million acres of lands in Moffat County, one CWP has been given a moratorium on oil and gas leasing while the office completes an area-wide management plan.
Jeremy Casterson, planning coordinator for the Little Snake Field Office, said the abeyance on the 77,000 acre Vermillion Basin CWP was issued while the office considers their management strategy for the basin for the next 10 to 20 years.
Casterson said the office is looking at new wilderness characteristics not considered the last time the office drafted a management plan.
Unlike much of the Dinosaur area, the Vermillion Basin is also known to contain significant natural gas reserves, Casterson said..
“If we were to open those up, those leases would go pretty quick,” he said.
Other CWPs in the Little Snake however, have not been removed from oil and gas leasing.
Keeping the lands leading into the monument free from obstructions has been an issue with the Park Service for decades, said the monument’s Acting Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz.
During the 1960s-1970s, when the Harpers Corner Road was transferred to Park Service ownership, a '500 foot from the centerline rule' was also put into place to keep any development from immediate sight.
That request was again given to the BLM this past year following the February leases, as was a request to keep drilling from occurring within a half mile of monument boundaries.
He said the monument has not yet heard an official response to the request.
“It was not really a new request, it was our reminder to the BLM that is our agreement,” Prokopetz said.
He said the Park Service had asked the BLM to preclude leasing from all lands in between Highway 40 and the park during the White River Field Office’s last management plan, but that request went unanswered.
“As we looked at it we were probably a little over zealous in that request,” Prokopetz said.
As it stands, he said both agencies would currently consult each other to minimize any impact to the area’s scenic qualities a drill pad would create.
“Preferably we would not like to have that impact, but they have their goals and regulations and we have ours,” he said.
Roughly 48,000 acres have been placed up for auction across Colorado in May, 5,804 of which are in Moffat County.

Mile Mark River Features
Deerlodge Park - Put-In
Yampa Canyon begings
Anderson Hole camp
Teepee Rapid - gradient changes to 31 FPM
Big Joe Rapid
Tiger Wall
Warm Springs Rapid
Just after dinner on the evening of June 10th, 1965, Warm Springs Draw experienced a flash flood carrying tons of rock down the draw and out into the river, blocking the entire Yampa River channel. 
Less than a day later, the river pounded a breach in the dam and created Warm Springs Rapid, one of the big ten drops of the west.
Echo Park and the Mitten Park Fault

Just after the prominent Steamboat Rock, the Yampa makes confluence with the Green River
Jones Hole - Hardscrabble Mountain - Ely Creek
Take out - Dinosaur Park Boatramp - Jensen Utah
The Green River, known to the Shoshone Indians as the 'Seeds-kee-dee-Agie', or 'Prarie Hen River'.
The native Fremont Indians stored their winter food in their riverside granaries.
The Green River begins in the eastern slope of the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming, making a 40 mile loop thru NW Colorado.


Mantle Ranch - outlaw hideout 100 years ago, still worked as an active horse and cattle ranch

Echo Park - Confluence of Green River and Yampa River

Whispering Cave (watch out for bears!)

Outlaw Cave - Jones Hole - Ely Creek falls, great hiking on golden-ribbon trout stream with verdant desert stream and Fremont Pictographs.

Yampa People

The Fremont People:

1,200 to 1,600 years ago, the Yampa river was home to the Fremont people, who were an advanced horticultural society, originating at the headwaters of the Fremont River near Capitol Reef, Utah.
The horticultural economy was supplemented by hunting and gathering. 
Wild foods utilized by the Fremont people included grass, bulbs, berries, pumpkins, pinenuts, and cactus fruits.
The Fremont cached food in circular storage pits called cysts, and hunted wolf, bighorn sheep, prarie dogs and birds.

The materials utilized by the Fremont people included the bow and arrow, stone blades, arrow points, spears, pottery and spines (used for sewing), waterproof baskets, grinding stones and they typically used pit-houses for dwellings. The pit-house was a one or two room structure, partially dug into the ground and roofed with animal hides on a wooden pole framework. Recurring droughts (1150-1300 A.D.), forced the villages to be abandoned, and the people moved south to the better watered valleys of the Rio Grande and Gila River.

Dinosaur National Monument: Jurassic Park Keith's JurASSic experience

The Jurassic period (150 Million Years Ago) was a time of large moving waters and dinosaurs. Sand and Dinosaurs turned to stone and remained buried until recent geolocial time when the Green and Yampa Rivers converged to erode the sandstone layers and expose the remains of the Dinosaurs.
The Fremont People discovered the Dinosaur skeletons.

In 1825, William H. Ashley and his fur trappers were the first Europeans (whitey) to enter Echo Park. In 1883, Patrick Lynch, a hermit, was the first to homestead in this canyon.
Then came John Wesley Powell, and his USGS Crew in 1869, and reported his findings. 
Then came Earl Douglas in 1909 who kept investigating Powell's findings and announced the continent's greatest treasure of Jurassic fossils. 

Echo Park is home and critical habitat for the endangered peregrine falcon, bald eagle, Colorado pikeminnow, and razorback sucker. Indian rock art in Echo Park testifies to the allure these canyons and rivers had for prehistoric people.

River Permit:

High use season begins on the second Monday in May (05/09/05), and ends on the second Friday in September (09/09/05) on the Green River and on July 14, 2005 on the Yampa River.  Three hundred non‑commercial launches are available. 
A lottery drawing for permits is held in February.

Required Equipment:
yampa canyons
Coast Guard approved PFDs Type I, Type III or Type V must be worn by each participant
One spare PFD for each raft or dory.
One spare oar for each raft or dory. In addition, one spare paddle required for kayakers.
Toilet system for containerization and carryout of human waste.
Spray skirts and floation for each hard shelled kayak.
A major first aid kit on each trip and a minor first aid kit for each additional support boat on the trip.
Repair kits suitable for each type of boat.
Mesh strainer for dishwater and ashes.
Fire pan with minimum of 250 square inches and at least a three inch rim.
Each boat with a non self-bailing floor must carry a bailing device.
Helmets are required for all kayakers.

"We said there warn't no home like a raft, after all.
Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don't.
You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft."
- Mark Twain

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