Virtuoso Life - March / April 2006

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CATARACT CANYON

Rippling waves of rock in reds and grays contrast with bent and broken boulders in Canyonlands National Park, Utah’s geologic Masterpiece. Through this timeless landscape forges the Colorado River, which concentrates 14 miles of its best white water in Cataract Canyon, an isolated stretch of river-carved rock. The best way to see this virtually untouched slice of earth, of course, is by raft. O.A.R.S. takes up to 16 thrill-seekers (minimum age: 8 years) on four- and six-day rafting trips that travel 100 miles down the Colorado, from Moab to Hite Marina on Lake Powell. The conditions range from peaceful to some of the largest rapids in North America, traveling between towering red-rock walls, past Anasazi ruins, and along Dead Horse Point, the climactic setting in Thelma & Louise. Hikes to waterfalls and Pictographs give the family time to catch its collective breath before dinner and beach camping under the wide open desert sky.


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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.
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