Outside Magazine - March 2013


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Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

HIGHLIGHTS: Though the Grand Canyon is often the topic of any Colorado River conversation, the waterway’s upper reaches—free of dams—are exquisitely beautiful, historically significant, and easily accessible in southeastern Utah. During this trip, O.A.R.S. guides lead your family down the whitewater of Cataract Canyon, past the mighty Green River confluence, and through infamous rapids. On land, you’ll star-gaze and hike to ancient Anasazi ruins. After takeout, the trip returns to Moab via a Cessna flight over the canyon; its last two days consist of horseback riding through Castle Rock Canyon, a 4x4 trip through Canyonlands National Park, and a trip to see the iconic rock formations of Arches National Park. Children ages seven and older are welcome, except during high-water season (typically spring), when the minimum age is increased to 16.

OUTFITTER: O.A.R.S. (Outdoor Adventure River Specialists), with more than 40 years of experience, was the first company permitted to run paddling expeditions in the Grand Canyon.

ITINERARY: Moab to Potash, Cataract Canyon, Hite Marina, Castle Rock Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, and Arches National Park.

DATES: Multiple departures between April and October.

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
O.A.R.S. Companies Inc.,
PO Box 67, Angels Camp, CA 95222