National Geographic Adventure – April 2005


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The Adventures of Your Life

Rock the Boat

There are dozens of white-water rivers in the West and, every summer, loads of families on commercial rafting trips float down them. While other rivers like the Middle Fork of the Salmon, are gentler on families with small children, there’s no river that compares with the Colorado for keeping a teenager’s heart racing. World-class outfitter O.A.R.S. ( has been running the Colorado for 35 years and offers a wide range of trips from 5 to 22 days. It takes 17 days to run the entire Grand Canyon : The shorter trips cover just a part of it, while longer excursions allow more time for hiking side canyons and exploring the river’s shoreline.

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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