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Getaways that get your heart pumping

With trips for nearly every sport, we chose options with the best guides and a diverse range of itineraries.

O.A.R.S. Canyonlands National Park, Utah

What you'll do: Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S.) began in 1969 as the first oar-powered outfitter leading trips through the Grand Canyon. Today they lead expeditions along more than 35 rivers and coastlines around the world. On this trip, you'll raft the Colorado River through Utah's Cataract Canyon, which features adrenaline-producing Class IV and V white water (expect large waves and considerable drops, all navigated with the help of your guide). In the spring when runoff from the Rocky Mountain snow melt pours into the Colorado, the rapids of Cataract Canyon rival those of the Grand Canyon. You"ll camp alongside the river and hike through 300-million-year-old side canyons to rock formations and Native American ruins with petroglyphs and pictographs. At the Lathrop Ruins, look for the solstice calendar, petroglyphs that mark and capture the summer and winter solstices. It was created by the Anasazi people, who inhabited this area 2,000 years ago.

The setting: Moab, Utah, where you'll meet your group and guide, is flanked by two national parks, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. As you float the river through Canyonlands with it's dramatic red rocks, buttes, and pinnacles, you'll glimpse Dead Horse Point, which you might recognize as the place where Thelma & Louise, and their baby blue Thunderbird convertible made their final escape from the law.

Details: You don't need previous rafting experience to enjoy this six-day trip; all skill levels are welcome. The trip includes all meals and guides, and tents sleeping bags, and other equipment are available as rentals.

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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 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