What’s in a Name?

"Yampa" is as synonymous to Routt County as "Steamboat Springs". There are conflicting stories to the origin, though, and it depends on where and which old timer you ask: The Ute Indians referred to the present-day Yampa River as Bear River, and many mistakenly thought "yampa" was the Ute word for bear. The old ranchers referred to a wild onion as "yampa" even though it was actually in the carrot family. Finally, in 1907, the river name won out and was officially named the Yampa River replacing Bear River. The Egeria Park area adopted the name Yampa in 1886 when present-day Craig was so named before previously being called Yampa.