Protecting America’s Public Lands


OARS is honored to be an authorized concessioner of Canyonlands and Grand Canyon National Parks, and an authorized concessioner in Dinosaur National Monument. OARS operates by special permit in Yosemite National Park.


In California, Idaho, Oregon and Utah we are proud to operate under special use permits with the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.

OARS is a proud partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. We share in, practice and support Leave No Trace skills and ethics and believe in the stewardship of America’s public lands.

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign.


Sponsored By


Ever wonder where our guides get their awesome foot tans? They love wearing Chacos on the river and you will too! Chaco creates premium footwear for the outdoor-minded and is the official footwear sponsor of the OARS Family of Companies.



YETI is the official cooler of OARS river trips and the cooler of choice for outdoor enthusiasts, pros, tailgaters and backyard barbeque kings. Ever wondered how we can serve fresh, delicious food on an 18-day Grand Canyon adventure?

Their brand name is the Greek word for “river current,” so you can be sure that the folks at Rheos love recreating on our cherished waterways just as much as we do. The official sunglasses sponsor of OARS, Rheos offers stylish, 100% UV polarized eyewear with Nylon Optics lenses at an affordable price. But the best part? Their sunglasses float. Your favorite shades no longer have to end up at the bottom of the river…which is a win for our rivers too!


Preferred Suppliers


The Original Chum retainer was created in 1983 by Grand Canyon Dories guide Mike Taggett and his friends, who sought a simple, comfortable way to keep their expensive sunglasses out of the river. Today, Chums are still the best way to keep your sunglasses from getting knocked off your face and sinking to the bottom of the river…


Founded in 1983, Cypress Grove Chevre is one of America’s best known artisan goat cheese companies and makers of the iconic “Humboldt Fog.” Discover the delectable and innovative range of fresh, aged, and ripened cheeses as they are perfectly paired with micro brews, premium wines and artfully blended into five-star epicurean offerings on OARS’ gourmet adventures.


OARS is thrilled to partner with Klean Kanteen, a small, family-owned and -operated company in northern California that provides healthy, high quality, BPA-free products and accessories to promote and encourage health, sustainability and environmental awareness. Refilling and reusing your bottle, canister or tumbler instead of buying single-use keeps thousands of bottles, cups, and other items from entering the waste stream, our waterways, and our oceans. Just say no to plastic and yes to Kleen Kanteen!


The Super Salve Company offers pure skin and body care products made with 100% natural botanical ingredients. A must-have on and off the river!

Trade Organizations

OARS is proud to be a member of the following trade organizations: