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Alaska

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“[Our guides] did everything possible to make our trip enjoyable and safe. Hikes were geared to the level of our small group. Mark was very knowledgeable about the geological history of the Tatshenshini-Alsek watershed. We had unusually good weather, which further enhanced our experience. And the meals were exceptional!”
Susan B Wood ~ Cambridge, MA
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“Our guide school trainers, Dana and Jody, were awesome. They were with us every step of the way. I always felt safe which made it easy to step up to the next challenge and they always had good feedback at the end of each day. Every day was challenging and fun! ”
Marie Riley Baldante ~ Philadelphia, PA
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“Traveling with O.A.R.S. on a river trip is such a pleasure. 'Effortless Camping' is how I best describe it! We even got a Yoga lesson on the beach overlooking the Klamath one evening! What a treat!!!!”
Carol Kurtz ~ Carmel Valley, CA
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“In over 10 years of Rafting, we had some of the best water I've seen. Also, your guides were among the best we've ever had.”
Gerald E Melahn ~ West Dundee, IL
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“I have traveled with O.A.R.S. for many years and have always been impressed with how well trained the guides are and how safety conscious the whole crew is. They have fun, but they are responsible when they need to be.”
Li Chang ~Sacramento, CA
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“The guides were friendly, practiced, and extremely laid back - it really makes all the difference to remember your life is in the hands of the guides and then have really caring, capable people.”
Mara Flores Naumann
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“I have rafted the South Fork American a few times with different companies. My experience with O.A.R.S. was by far the best!”
Nancy Davis ~ Redwood City, CA
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“My wife, daughter and my brother and sister in law and their daughter did the two day South Fork of the American River trip. Both girls are 8 and 10. Our guide was outstanding. We had a great time, he took great care of us, and the girls absolutely loved him. This is the first time we have done this as a family, and definitely plan on doing it again next year. Thank you for a great time, great accomodations, great food and great rafting with a great guide. ”
Jay Brown ~ San Ramon, CA
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“Loved the Class IV rapids! Our guides did an excellent job. We had a blast and I don't think we could have ever made it out of "The Toaster" without swimming if it weren't for Ryan's knowledge and expertise. Top notch job guys!”
Phil Crosby ~ Newbury Park, CA
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“I have taken many guided trips, both rafting and non-rafting. The North Fork Stan trip was the best one-day trip I have ever experienced. Chris (lead guide) did an excellent job, in both guiding my raft and group organization and safety. The other guides were also very good. The river was my type, also.”
Russ Callen ~ Atlanta, GA
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“My wife and I just returned from a 3-day trip on the Tuolumne and wanted to tell you what a fantastic time we had. Everything really was outstanding, from the skill of the guides to the quality of the food. Our fearless leader was a standout in every way. He was funny, but clearly in control. He knew how to calm the concerns of nervous clients, while making sure that all of us got to experience all the thrills the river has to offer. He was well informed on everything riparian, from local river issues to legends and even some salty river guide jokes. The other guides were also excellent, perpetually in good humor, and took care of our every need. We particularly enjoyed the hikes to local swimming holes. Thanks very much.”
Larry Abramson ~ Washington, DC
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“Liked the guide and Naturalist on the [Yosemite] hiking. We were in the park two days prior to the trip, hiking around and just enjoying the overall grandure of the park, and didn't have a clue of what we were enjoying.
Chris Moore: [O.A.R.S. Guide]: I will come back and do another trip with Chris.
John DeGrazio [YExplore owner/guide]: has excellent knowledge of Yosemite National Park; thanks for having him as part of the trip. I would hire him in a heartbeat to guide an overnight trip in the future.
David Lukas [author/naturalist]: I don't know who made him part of the trip but kudo's to that person. The information he passed on about the smallest of things along the way were very enjoyable.”
Gary Merkl ~ Slinger, WI
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“It was one of the best holidays I've been on and the group dynamic was great! Excellent leadership, communication skills, high confidence, and caring for each person displayed by the guides; fabulous, comfy setting with great support services and staff; the variety of experiences (rafting; sea kayaking; boating etc.); it was FUN and one could go at one's own pace.”
Glenda Miller ~ Nelson, B.C.
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"Wilderness Nirvana!!! Absolutely loved Bear Camp & Lava Canyon on the Chilko was crazy fun!!!! I have rafted rivers all over the world, & this was one of the best experiences I've had! Everything was perfect!!!"
Sherry Zakhmi ~ Conifer, CO
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“The river guides were exceptional. They went out of their way to make the trip enjoyable and meaningful every moment along the way. They deserve your greatest confidence, and without doubt they are your most valuable asset in furthering your business. Also, the food was extraordinary. Again, the guides went out of their way to prepare the meals exceptionally well and even baked three cakes for us. Finally, the safety consciousness of the guides was reassuring. They spoke honestly about the inherent risks and gave excellent instruction about what to do in various circumstances.”
Dale Griffith ~ Barrington, IL
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"The entire trip was awesome. Fantastic river but luxury in the camps. The "cabins" and tree houses were very different from sleeping on the beaches which I also enjoyed in the past. The luxury of this trip will be hard to beat. The guides were excellent. Impressed by the safety of all the activities. Equipment in great shape. I thought other O.A.R.S. trips were great but this one topped them."
Elaine Davies ~Greenfield, WI

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“The guides are the perfect combination of fun-loving, adventure seeking personalities, coupled with the utmost professionalism. Their concern for safety, their undauntable energy, and their knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geological information made the trip an unforgettable experience.”
Dulanie Ellis-LeBarre ~Ojai, CA
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“We liked being outdoors in the remote areas of the park in the beautiful environment around the Green & Yampa river area. Everything was great. Really enjoyed the stop to look at the pictographs & petroglyths before we got in the river. We were aware of the terrific rock art in Utah and were really glad to see it. ”
Jerry Troegle ~ Arlington, TX
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“Everything was outstanding. This was my 27th raft trip, (started in 1981 on an 18-day dory trip with Grand Canyon Dories) and this trip was as good as any of them. From pretrip info to all the guides on this trip it was top notch all the way. I honestly can't think of anything I would change.”
Wayne Schwartz ~ Los Angeles, CA
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Crete

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“I liked the guides. They were very solicitous of our safety and comfort. They were very knowledgeable about the rivers and their country. The experience with the village people was most interesting.”
Lois Pickett ~ Castro Valley, CA
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“I enjoyed the overall adventure. Not only was the kayaking great but the ride in, the visit to the village, etc. was all great. It made for a wonderful day and was actually the best day of our 2 week trip!”
Christine Richards ~ Poway, CA
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“[Rafting on the Upper Navua River was] one of the best experiences of my life. The tour was by far the best of our entire trip which also included island sailing cruises, a cave tour and village experiences. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of your guides, but in particular Moses and our raft guide, Phillip. Their enthusiasm and professionalism was second to none and made the day thoroughly enjoyable for all involved, they are a credit to your company.
Vinaka, thank you and well done!!”
Sarah and Vini ~ Perth, Australia

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“I have a bad habit of building up my expectations going into a trip like this only to be let down, but that was not the case on this trip. It exceded my expectations and then some. While the Galapagos Islands are an amazing destination, my sense is that it can be a little tricky to navigate the local geography and weather not to mention the politics. Our guides did it seamlessly. My dad, my brother, and I have been talking about going to the Galapagos for over 20 years - it was great!”
Scott Davis ~Atlanta, GA
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“The wonder of discovery...We were allowed to discover the wildlife or scenery ourselves - I enjoyed sharing the world with wildlife. The crew were amazing. They seemed to predict what we needed before we knew it. I was particularly impressed with the small details of assistance we received. (N) is a wonderful, calm, supportive and caring woman. She was inspiring throughout, carefully allowing us to experience the thrill of the wonders. I learnt a lot from her that will be carried into the rest of my life. She made sure that if we asked questions that she did not have ready answers for she would consult and explore further and then return to the question with answers. That was fantastic! (J) was the perfect naturalist. His love of nature and the islands always shone, he maintained a genuine, infectious sense of wonder throughout. They were both wonderful and I feel honoured to have lived my lifelong dream with them!”
Dr Tania Nolan ~ Strethan, Cambridgeshire, UK
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Grand Canyon

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“The most recent Grand Canyon trip lead by Regan and Ote Dale Was......
The BEST DAMN RIVER TRIP EVER AND EVER.......
In fact this just might be the best vacation I have taken in my entire life.......
I would have paid triple if I would have known what a great time we were going to have....
I cannot wait until my trip next year...... Thanks ”
Carl Dick ~ Castle Rock, CO
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“My wife & I KNOW that we had the best boatmen for our trip. Their knowledge of the Canyon & their wit, their expertise navigating of the waterway, their cooking skills, their enthusiasm for what they're doing & their love for the Canyon is truly an unforgettable experience for us. We will have MANY tales to tell our children & grandchildren about this trip of a lifetime. Everything was perfect. Well maybe the UNIT could use some fine tuning. Keep up the great work! Thank You Boatmen from the bottom of our hearts, ”
Tom-n-Jane Skrobot ~ Willow Springs, IL
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"It was unreal. The food was beyond expectations and every guide was incredible. I have already recommended your company to everyone I speak to. I will be back to do the second half hopefully next year. Amazing experience. Worth every penny."
Ross Burach ~ New York, NY
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"Aside from the beauty and serenity of the Canyon my family was very impressed with the quality and professionalism of the Grand Canyon Dories staff. They did simply an outstanding job in all respects! Secondly, the food and gear was excellent and surpassed our expectations. The food far exceeded our expectations! Having fresh, healthy and well cooked food was a delight."
Carrington Brown ~ Basalt, CO
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“I love O.A.R.S. -- I have done extensive research on other adventure outfitters -- and I would not even consider a trip without first (maybe even exclusively) thinking of O.A.R.S.”
Anna M. Baluyot ~ Chicago, IL
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“Thanks for an incredible adventure and for helping us push our limits. The trip struck the right balances between excitement and relaxation; hiking and whitewater; roughing it and being catered to; education and conversation; and, contemplation time and moments of terror! It is obvious that a lot goes into these trips - the planning, logistics, food, coordination, and safety - but, you did it so effortlessly. The meals were awesome... We learned a lot about ourselves, the Canyon, the environment, and life in general from your incredible boatmen. Thanks again for a memorable adventure where we learned so much, were challenged almost daily, and were able to totally disconnect from everything that wasn't related to the River. ”
John and Polly Armstrong ~ Palo Alto, CA
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"This was such an efficiently organized and well-run trip that it's difficult to narrow it down. I suppose running white water was the most memorable experience among many. We were very impressed with how organized, knowledgeable, accommodating, patient, hard-working and personable everyone was. There were no exceptions. It's a pleasure to write this review because this is the best organized trip we've ever been on. We're already planning another O.A.R.S. trip for 2011."
Brad Rohdenburg ~ Meredith, NH
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“This was at trip that was totally new to me. I was totally out of my comfort zone, but made to feel safe, and happy, no one ever made me feel stupid or crazy when I was apprehensive. As it turned out, I did everything the trip had to offer, and had one of the best times of my life! I can't think of one single thing I was disappointed in. The guides were utterly fantastic! Their knowledge of the canyon, its history & geography was amazing. Their love for the Canyon, and their jobs was so apparent. We never saw a bad attitude or complaint from our guides. They are truly a special family and part of your team. ”
Martha Halvorsen ~ Fort Myers, FL
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“We just completed our first trip through the Grand Canyon. O.A.R.S. was recommended by some friends of ours in Hawaii. We’ve been on several different rafting trips but this was the first with O.A.R.S. and through the Canyon. The trip was exciting and everything about it was wonderful. All the guides worked their tails off and made this a very special trip for all of us. We couldn’t get over how hard everybody had to work. Every detail was taken care of. The meals were wonderful and the crew did all their work without any complaints.
Safety was always a concern. Never did we feel any concerns, because the crew was always on top of everything.
We were thrilled with every aspect of our trip and the guides were what made the trip. They were efficient, fun to be around, full of information and stories, and kept us safe the entire trip. We just want to thank you for hiring such wonderful people. You are lucky to have such great guides.
We will definitely recommend O.A.R.S. to our friends and we will definitely be back on another O.A.R.S. trip in the future. This was truly the trip of a lifetime! Thank you to all of the awesome guides on our trip! ”
Coco, Ian & Scott Emberson ~ Makaweli, HI
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“The whole experience was wonderful and very hard to put into words. This was a 60th birthday present for my wife and really turned out to be the trip of a lifetime. She was very worried that this trip might be beyond us but we managed to do everything and take it in our stride. If I can pick one highlight besides the scenery and the fun on the river it would have to be the staff who were tremendous.”
Dave Catt ~ South Newington, Oxon, United Kingdom
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“I have never had a more PERFECT, MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE! There is nothing I believe needs improving. It shows that you love the Canyon and the River and love to share your love of these beautiful places with those of us lucky enough to tag along...Our leader and guides were AMAZING, KNOWLEDGEABLE, EXPERIENCED, FUN and made our trip PERFECT! Words can't do justice to how wonderful they made us feel, how much we appreciated their sharing their love of the Canyon and the River with us!
The BREATHTAKING beauty of the Canyon, your AMAZING river guides, our INCREDIBLY FUN group of new friends (guides & fellow travelers), the song of the Canyon Wren, the side canyon hikes, the raft, dory and kayak bronco ride on the river, the great food, the geology, ecology and history of the Canyon shared with us (your guides are just INCREDIBLE), swimming in the turquoise waters of the Little Colorado, sleeping under a blanket of millions of stars, the colors of the landscape, one of our guides singing and playing his guitar for us, meeting people who love nature and life, Phantom Ranch, our very nice "sweeper", the Bright Angel Trail hike - starting at 4 am in the dark with our flashlights, a golden color scorpion, sunrise in the canyon, appreciation for water, sky and wild places, friendly park rangers, accomplishing the hike out in 4.5 hours, the panoramic south rim view, celebrating with our travel group and planning our future reunion trip with OARS! PERFECT BLISS!!!!!!
Maren Coleman ~ Seattle, WA
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"More than excellent!! Your staff is phenomenal!! The canyon is of course amazing. Good balance of rafting, hiking and camping. This will stay as a exceptional wonderful experience in my memory forever! I do not know if your staff knows what a lifetime service they bring for the people!!"
Ralf Pahlke ~ Hamburg, Germany
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“Over the past few years our family has traveled from Moab, Utah to British Columbia and recently to the south Rim of the Grand Canyon to enjoy the excitement and splendor of white water rafting. This year we booked a trip on the Colorado River from Phantom Ranch to Whitmore Wash. From the minute we were met at Phantom to the time we left, our lives were obviously in capable, well trained and loving hands. We were lucky enough to join friends on this trip (and make new ones) who shared this wonderful experience. The extended family of guides that ran our trip were some of the most knowledgeable, caring, talented and understanding people we have met. They were always willing to share their skills and knowledge, along with a lot of laughs (and of course, plenty of food). The sights that we saw, the hikes that we made and the beauty that was ever present was always seen as a fresh and new wonder. This experience is one our family will treasure forever. Thank you O.A.R.S. and in particular to to the worlds best river guides! ”
The Christie's - Terri, Brian, Caitlin, Jackie and Dainielle ~ Matawan, NJ
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"The Bar Ten Ranch was a great way to start the trip. The professionalism, experience and personalities of the guides made for a wonderful trip. The river and canyon speak for themselves. The guides make the difference. They made the trip educational, entertaining and overall very enjoyable."
Steve Roush ~ Columbus,GA
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“My wife, daughter and I would like to express our delight with the O.A.R.S. trip we took down the Lower Salmon Gorge this year. There were so many highlights it would be impossible to list them all. But without a doubt the one highlight we have to mention was the crew assigned to our trip. They were six of the finest young men my wife and I have met. We will always remember our first river trip because of the spirit, enthusiasm, professionalism, safety and fun they constantly provided. A company is only as good as its staff and if our crew is representative of the rest of your company, what can I say but You are the greatest, congratulations and Thank You.
Ernie, Debra & Emmaline Mauritson ~ Glendale, CA
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“My entire family (wife and kids ages 8 and 10) felt the trip was a wonderful experience and probably our best family vacation ever. We are looking forward to doing more trips with O.A.R.S. in the coming years. The TL and guides were professional, personable, ethusiastic, knowledgable, patient, helpful and a pleasure to spend 6 days with.”
Robert Newbury ~ Larkspur, CA
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“If I took the best experiences I have had on all my trips from over 50 years combined they couldn't hold a candle to the fun I had with O.A.R.S.”
Bill Balcom ~ Silver City, NM
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"The relaxed yet professional way the guides handled everything from the first evening's meeting to the last 'Thank you for boating with us' was wonderful; I never ever imagined being treated so well on a river trip."
Dave McDanel ~ Reynoldsburg, MA
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“I enjoyed the vast natural splendor of the canyon, the river, the flora and the fauna. All of it! All the OARS crew was competent, courteous, and friendly and was obviously copasetic with one another and the clients. The food was very high quality...and certainly, quantity. All the equipment was in great working order. I have been on four commercially guided floats. None better in any respect. Hope you will bother to relay my sentiments on to these fine employees of OARS. "Bronco" did an excellent job of staying on top of the entire trip. Being a trip leader is obviously a major responsibility ...and he did an excellent job. Nick, particularly, did an exceptional job in all regards; he clearly has great leadership skills. He is an excellent naturalist. Also, he gave two historical presentations. Seldom have I ever heard anyone do such an exceptional job of narrating a large amount of facts (and lore) as smoothly and interestingly, as Nick did. I told him so, more than once. He showed smart skills in handling his boat, as well. All the crew did their jobs, continually, very well! Spank and John were special personalities”
M. Keene Hueftle, PhD. ~ Pocatello, ID
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“The trip leader and staff were fantastic. They were always helpful and had positive attitudes. Personally, I enjoyed tackling the rapids in the ducky! The inflatable kayak was a blast! This was my first whitewater kayaking of any type, and I went through those monster rapids. The biggest adrenaline rush I've ever had! My 15 year old daughter loved the whole trip, from the food to having a try at rowing the raft, to hanging out in camp. The food was great of course.”
Phil Lomas ~ Verona, WI
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"An outstanding trip in all regards - extremely well planned and executed. Guides were knowledgeable, approachable, accommodating - showed true concern for the enjoyment of the clients. Trip was exactly as advertised. Will definitely travel with OARS again and highly recommend it to others."
Christine Lyons ~ Hanover, MA
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“Our guides did a good job. The food was good and the whale watching was everything and more than we enticipated.”
Jim Ewing ~ North Canton, OH
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“I thought the structure of the trip was very good between Sea of Cortez & Bahia Magdalena. The tour company was very well organized, providing excellent accommodations, food, naturalist guides and crew. It was exceptional fun to see the wildlife up close. We were impressed by the guide’s knowledge and preparedness”
Jeanne Eisele ~ Madison, NJ
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“The destination was everything we had imagined and more. Secondly we enjoyed the service of the local guide (Carlos) and his staff of Mar y Adventures. We were impessed by their personability, their knowledge of the area, their pace of traveling from one place to another, and their culinary ability and menu selection. We truly appreciated their ablity to make the overall trip one of the most memorable travel experiences we have had. Thirdly, we enjoyed the group size and the people in our group.
Thank you for a wonderful trip.”
Charles Lovely ~Anchorage, AK
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“Just got back from the Baja trip and can not tell you what a wonderful experience it was. The scenery and environment and the hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking (not to mention the star gazing) was so memorable. What a terrific trip. I am planning to do the same trip again as soon as possible. It greatly exceeded my very high expectations.”
Steve Sorenson ~ Reston, Virginia
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"The guides were phenomenal. They took excellent care of us and made the experience truly memorable. And the trip itself was fabulous. It definitely exceeded my expectations."
Kimberly Parks ~ Knoxville, TN
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“Among the many river trips I have taken, the Owyhee is near the top for the impressiveness of scenery. While the rapids are not big, they are delightful at the water level we had. Isolation of this trip is also a big plus.”
Karl Kumm ~ Seattle, WA
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"If you were rated like the hotels this would have been a 'five star' trip. The head guude and his crew were OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRAVO!!!! Phenomenal! All our friends are ready to do it again (and they love luxury hotels but liked this better!) Brant was incredible! What a great, fabulous, fun, encouraging, organized, best guide ever!!!”
Carol Kurtz ~ Carmel Valley, CA
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“Everything was so well planned out. The staff was first rate, fun, competent, knowledgeable, great oarspeople and guides and inspiring. The food was excellent.I don't see how you could [improve]. It was just about perfect. When my 16 year old daughter who loves cities and European vacations and just tolerates outdoor trips said it was the favorite trip she has ever taken I think that says it all.”
Alex Pearson ~ Merion Station, PA
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“I thought the landscape was breathtaking, and very well described in your brochure. From the description, I had a sense of the pace, and the type of the scenery, and I thought you captured it very well. The guides were amazing- very competent at all of their jobs- from boatmen/women to naturalist guides to cooks to entertainment leaders. I felt both safe and comfortable, and their enthusiasm for the out of doors was contagious. I am not an outdoors type person as a rule, and I felt they were very patient with us all- laid back without being uninvolved. Kudos to all of them.”
Gwendolyn Parker ~ Norwalk, CT
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“The guides are the perfect combination of fun-loving, adventure seeking personalities, coupled with the utmost professionalism. Their concern for safety, their undauntable energy, and their knowledge of the flora, fauna, and geological information made the trip an unforgettable experience.”
Dulanie Ellis-LeBarre ~Ojai, CA
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“The guides, Lars and Morgan, did a great job. The food was much better than expected and their knowledge of the river and surrounding areas was impressive. Plus, their personalities were a perfect match for my two teenage sons. The scenery was magnificent, both from the perspective of the river and the flight back to Moab at the end.”
Leland Graul ~ Barrington, IL
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“I thought the landscape was breathtaking, and very well described in your brochure. From the description, I had a sense of the pace, and the type of the scenery, and I thought you captured it very well. The guides were amazing- very competent at all of their jobs- from boatmen/ women to naturalist guides to cooks to entertainment leaders. I felt both safe and comfortable, and their enthusiasm for the out of doors was contagious. I am not an outdoors type person as a rule, and I felt they were very patient with us all- laid back without being uninvolved. Kudos to all of them. I wish the trip had lasted longer!”
Gwendolyn Parker ~ Norwalk, VA
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“We were so impressed with the San Juan raft trip and your employees that we felt you definitely needed to know about it. First of all, we cannot imagine anything the four guides could have done to make the trip any more enjoyable.They were friendly, fun, and entertaining. Group dynamics helped to make this trip enjoyable. The hikes were great. Meals were outstanding.”
Joe and Sharon Wylie ~ Ione, CA
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“We liked being outdoors in the remote areas of the park in the beautiful environment around the Green & Yampa river area. Everything was great. Really enjoyed the stop to look at the pictographs & petroglyths before we got in the river. We were aware of the terrific rock art in Utah and were really glad to see it. ”
Jerry Troegle ~ Arlington, TX
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“I thought the variety of things to do (rafting, camping, hiking, horseback, going to national parks, etc.) was great and made the trip appealing to everyone. Sorrel is a lovely facility… the accommodations were excellent.”
Virginia Besthoff ~ New Orleans, LA
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“Everything was outstanding. This was my 27th raft trip, (started in 1981 on an 18-day dory trip with Grand Canyon Dories) and this trip was as good as any of them. From pretrip info to all the guides on this trip it was top notch all the way. I honestly can't think of anything I would change.”
Wayne Schwartz ~ Los Angeles, CA
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Wyoming

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“The most enjoyable aspect of the trip was seeing part of the park that we would never have had access to otherwise-the good quality kayaks, the food was good/the hike to hidden waterfalls/ the isolation and your 2 guides were delightful and very helpful and terrific cooks-”
Vicki Leonard ~ Stafford, VA
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“This was our first O.A.R.S. experience and a great trip for our family! Our guides were excellent. Everything was handled professionally and the food was good. We have been recommending O.A.R.S. to friends and will definitely be back for another trip soon. Thanks!”
Mark Friedman ~ Portland, OR
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“The scenery was beautiful and we were able to travel into the backcountry with guides who knew what they were doing. It was nice that everything was planned for us -- where we would camp, what we would eat. The guides were great -- made me laugh and were so helpful. They really work their butts off. You can't beat how beautiful that area is and to camp on that island right under the Tetons was just wonderful. Grassy was my favorite campsite. I also enjoyed the hikes we did. I loved the food and liked that there were always snacks. It was fun eating lunch on our kayaks.”
Amanda Arnold ~ Atlanta, GA
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“We enjoyed seeing the geyser basin from a unique perspective - the lake - instead of being limited to the usual boardwalks. The guides were knowlegable about the geology of the area and were helpful but not overbearing.”
Sue Redhead ~ Minneapolis, MN
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"Great guides, and an amazing trip. The Zambezi river, and the wildlife were beautiful. The lodges were unique. The staff went out of their way in driving us around, and logistics."

Thomas Schneider ~Fish Creek, WI

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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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