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O.A.R.S. Whitewater Rafting and Adventure Travel

Guide or Outfitter
Whitewater rafting on the Merced River near Yosemite National Park with O.A.R.S. –

ADA Accessibility Notes

Although there are few prerequisites for joining an O.A.R.S. trip, weight restrictions may apply and being healthy certainly makes the experience more rewarding. People with heart trouble and pregnant women should have a physician’s approval before taking a river trip. Persons with various disabilities are welcome on O.A.R.S. trips, pending a discussion of any special requirements.

Since 1969 O.A.R.S. has set the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport vacations. O.A.R.S. features destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines of the world. O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries worldwide, including one-day and weekend escapes.

Areas of Service and Expertise

We run first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport trips in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming as well as in Canada, Baja, Fiji and throughout South America.

One of our favorite locations is the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California where we offer seven trips including the Merced Riverin Yosemite National Park.

O.A.R.S. trips have positively affected the lives of over 400,000 travelers due to our ability to meet the diverse needs of our broad spectrum of clientele. More than half of our guests experienced vacations with children in tow. Trips vary in price, making adventures accessible to families, professionals, students and retirees.

Examples of vacations include catered camping and rafting excursions through one of six western U.S. national parks, lodge-based outings with comfortable beds and hot showers, multi-week expeditions, half-day escapes, weekend retreats close to home or private chartered trips specifically and uniquely designed for a given client’s needs.

Eco-Friendly Notes

O.A.R.S. believes in the stewardship of public lands, supporting such wonderful organizations as American Whitewater, American Rivers, the Outdoor Foundation, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and Waterkeeper Alliance. Additionally, we share in, support and encourage the practice of the seven principles of Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics.

In partnership with our guests, we have contributed more than $3 million in donations and fees toward the preservation of the environment and to various conservation initiatives in our four decades in business.

O.A.R.S. believe in supporting the communities where we run their trips, whether through donations to local non-profit organizations, sourcing local goods and hiring local guides, attending community meetings, sponsoring and hosting educational and charitable events or through on-the-ground conservation work.

O.A.R.S. was the first, and only, North American rafting outfitter to be 100% carbon neutral. Our California-based headquarters and our Grand Canyon office and warehouse are 100% solar powered.

We have been recognized as an authoritative resource for environmentalists, conservationists, politicians and eco-celebrities, and we were selected to support the film, “Grand Canyon Adventure: River At Risk” 3D IMAX ®.

Pet Friendly Notes

We love pets(!). However, for safety reasons animals are not permitted on O.A.R.S. adventures.

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

O.A.R.S. offers whitewater rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport (rafting / sea kayaking / hiking / biking / horseback riding) trips for adventures of all ages and abilities.

In additional to a multitude of itineraries throughout the U.S. West, Canada, Latin America and Fiji, O.A.R.S. offers trips on 9 California rivers: South Fork American River Middle Fork American River North Fork American River Merced and Tuolumne Rivers near Yosemite National ParkNorth Fork Stanislaus River near Calaveras Big Trees State Park Lower Klamath and Upper Klamath rivers in Northern California Cal Salmon River in Northern California

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