Yampa is a small town located in northwestern Colorado, in the United States. It is situated in Routt County, approximately 30 miles south of the larger city of Steamboat Springs. Yampa is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, providing stunning natural surroundings.

As of 2021, Yampa had a population of around 450 residents.

Yampa boasts a tight-knit and friendly community. Residents often take pride in their town's small-town atmosphere and strong sense of community. It's a place where neighbors know each other, and there's a genuine sense of belonging.

The primary industries in Yampa include agriculture, with a focus on cattle ranching and hay production. Tourism is also significant, particularly during the winter ski season, thanks to its proximity to Steamboat Ski Resort. Yampa supports various small businesses, including local shops, restaurants, and outdoor recreation services.

Yampa is served by the South Routt School District RE-3, which includes South Routt Elementary School and Soroco Middle/High School. These schools offer education and extracurricular activities for local students.

Yampa embraces its Western heritage and cowboy culture. Events like rodeos, Western swing music performances, and local festivals showcase this cultural aspect. The community also comes together for annual celebrations like the Yampa Fourth of July Celebration and the Yampa Art and Antique Fair.

Surrounding Communities: Yampa is surrounded by several other small towns and communities in Routt County. Steamboat Springs, a larger and well-known city, is the closest major community to Yampa, offering additional amenities and services. Other nearby towns include Oak Creek and Phippsburg.

Interesting Facts:
  • Yampa's name is derived from the Ute Indian word "yampah," which means "big medicine," referencing the area's natural hot springs.
  • The Yampa River, which runs through the town, is a popular spot for fishing and rafting.
  • Yampa serves as a gateway to outdoor adventures, with hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities in the nearby Routt National Forest.
  • The Yampa Historic Hotel, a well-preserved historic building, is a notable landmark in the town.
  •   Yampa's rich cowboy culture is celebrated through local events and gatherings, providing visitors with a taste of the Old West.