Yampa River Street View Project

New Google Maps feature allows users to explore a desert paddling classic

Last spring, American Rivers got ahold of one of Google’s 360-degree cameras, mounted it on a boat and motored the Grand Canyon to create an interactive ‘street view’ of the entire Big Ditch.

Recently, they’ve been at it again on the Yampa River in northwestern Colorado’s Dinosaur National Monument. Users can now fly through the classic, 72-mile float trip section from Deerlodge Park, Colo., to the Yampa’s confluence with the Green River in eastern Utah. Drawing a private boating permit for this stretch is notoriously difficult (as low as two-percent of applications are successful during summer months), and American Rivers hopes the Yampa River Street View project will allow more people to get a taste for the river.

“The Yampa is one of the last wild rivers in the Colorado River Basin, and is an example of how wild rivers support vibrant recreation economies and fish and wildlife, and connect us to our shared natural and cultural heritage,” American Rivers said.

-Check out a short documentary on the Yampa River.

Learn more about the Yampa River Street View project and American Rivers’s campaign to protect the Yampa from proposed diversions.