Friends of the Yampa is an all-volunteer organization and was founded in 1981. The group’s mission is to protect and enhance the Yampa River’s environmental and recreational integrity through stewardship, advocacy, education and partnerships. Based in Steamboat Springs, CO, the group organizes clean-ups, hosts community forums about the river and its tributaries, helps fund and build river features and habitat, and participates in a variety of local, regional and national policy efforts and campaigns.

The Yampa River watershed includes a number of Wilderness Study Areas managed by the BLM and other public lands, such as Yampa State Park and Dinosaur National Monument. It is formed at the confluence of the Bear River and Philips Creek in northwest Colorado’s Routt County. It flows through Steamboat Springs, flows abruptly west, and eventually flows through Dinosaur National Monument where it joins the Green River at Echo Park. The Yampa River is the largest and longest tributary of the Colorado River that remains in its free-flowing state.