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    “Panoramic view of frame and log houses, churches and commercial buildings on Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs (Routt County), Colorado. Shows the Yampa River in a valley and snow on mountains in the distance.”
    The Early Yampa River



Stewart W. Breck, Kenneth R. Wilson, and Douglas C. Anderson, “Beaver Herbivory of Willow Under Two Flow Regimes: A Comparative Study on the Green and Yampa Rivers,” Western North American Naturalist 63, no. 4 (2003).

Susan Bruce, “Colorado Water Demands Conflict with Efforts to Preserve the Yampa River,” The Denver Post, August 1, 2013.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife, “Yampa River,” n.d.

Colorado State University Extension: Routt County, “Vegetables,” 2007.

Kurt Culbertson, Derri Turner, and Judy Kolberg, “Toward a Definition of Sustainable Development in the Yampa Valley of Colorado,” Mountain Research Development 13, no. 4 (1993).

John Charles Frémont, Report of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains in the Year 1842, And to Oregon and North California in the Years 1843–44 (Washington, DC: Blair and Rives, 1845).

Friends of the Yampa, “Watershed Planning on the Yampa River,” August 12, 2011.

Friends of the Yampa, “Yampa River Pumpback,” n.d.

Mark Harvey, A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Environmental Movement (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1994).

The Nature Conservancy, “Colorado: Yampa River Preserve,” n.d.

Brian D. Richter and Holly E. Richter, “Prescribing Flood Regimes to Sustain Riparian Ecosystems along Meandering Rivers,” Society for Conservation Biology 14, no. 5 (2000).

G. W. Roehm, “Management Plan for Endangered Fishes in the Yampa River Basin and Environmental Assessment” (Denver: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region, 2004).

General Fremont’s Trip Thru Routt and Moffat Counties,” Craig Empire Courier (Craig, CO), July 2, 1930.

Randall S. Rosenberger and Richard G. Walsh, “Non-Market Value of Western Valley Ranchland Using Contingent Valuation,” Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 22, no. 2 (1997).

River Water Quality and Pollution,” Lenntech BV, last modified 2016.

Southern Ute Indian Tribe, “History of the Southern Ute,” 2016.

Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program, “Nonnative Fish Management,” 2012.

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, “About the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District,” n.d.

US Geological Survey, “USGS 09239500 Yampa River at Steamboat Springs, CO,” last modified 2016.

Additional Information: 

American Whitewater, “What’s Running?


John Fielder and Patrick Tierney, Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green (N.L: John Fielder Publishing, 2015).



Sam T. Finney, “Colorado Pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus lucius) Upstream of Critical Habitat in the Yampa River, Colorado,” Southwestern Association of Naturalists 51, no. 2 (2006).

Scott Franz, “After Success of 2013 Summer Season on the Yampa River, Some Wonder How Much Usage is Too Much,” Steamboat Today, March 13, 2014.


Dunbar Hardy, Paddling Colorado: A Guide to the State’s Best Paddling Routes (Guilford, CT: Falcon Guides, 2009).