Wow, I must be getting old. Yes, it is class 2 but I would still put the Yampa as one of the great river trips of the west. I would always kayak it because you can get at what makes it great, the hiking and the scenery. Eddying out in tight places, climb out of your boat and walk for hours. Hop back in and be in your camp in no time. I have done flat water ends down the Yampa as well but for me scrambling to the rim is where it is at and being in a kayak gives you more options.
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