Group rafting in the Grand Canyon.

National Park Adventures

Two people sitting and overlooking Cataract Canyon.

Extraordinary National Park Adventures with OARS

Our national parks are more popular than ever, but here’s the thing…most visitors never go beyond the boardwalks, scenic vistas, and visitor centers. That’s why we invite you to go off the beaten path and experience the magic of some of the U.S. West’s most popular national parks with OARS, including Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Canyonlands, and Dinosaur National Monument. In our 50-plus years offering guided trips in our national parks and beyond, we’ve perfected a number of incredible itineraries that take you away from the crowds and into the heart of these iconic landscapes. All you have to do is show up ready to be awed.

Your national park adventure begins here…

  1. Conquer a Bucket List Grand Canyon Rafting, Dory or Hiking Trip
  2. Explore the Heart of Canyonlands by River
  3. See the Best of Yosemite on a Guided Hiking & Rafting Adventure
  4. Float through Millions of Years of History in Dinosaur National Monument
  5. More National Park Adventures & Advice 
Rafts in the Grand Canyon.

1. Grand Canyon National Park

We know as well as anyone that floating down the Colorado River through the depths of Grand Canyon is the ultimate bucket list national park adventure. In 1969, OARS was honored to be selected by the National Park Service as the first exclusively oar-powered rafting outfitter authorized to run guided river trips in Grand Canyon National Park. Later, in 1988, legendary environmentalist Martin Litton selected OARS to carry on his legacy of running top-notch dory trips in Grand Canyon. OARS now offers 16 different Grand Canyon rafting and dory itineraries that offer the chance to spend anywhere from 5 to 18 days in one of the most wondrous spots in the world.

Group having a camp fire under the stars at Canyonlands National Park.

2. Canyonlands National Park

Nestled just outside of Moab, Utah, Canyonlands National Park is a surreal landscape marked by towering spires, sheer red rock walls, and convoluted canyons. But the best-kept secret that flows through Canyonlands is the mighty rivers that pulse through its core. Winding through its deepest stretches, the Green and Colorado Rivers provide a unique opportunity for paddlers and hikers to explore the “road less traveled” through some of the park’s most remote and unforgettable regions, like the Maze District.

OARS offers several Canyonlands National Park adventures ranging from the classic 4- or 6-day Colorado River rafting trip through Cataract Canyon to a more active Stillwater & Cataract Canyon Hiker trip. There’s also the opportunity to cater your Canyonlands rafting trip more to your personal interests, whether you want to learn about astronomy in an International Dark Sky Park on a Stars & Guitars trip or practice mindfulness on your journey with a Yoga & Wellness departure.

Half dome at Yosemite.

3. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is regularly among the top five most-visited national parks each year. Because of this, it can be challenging to plan a trip to the park if you’re not thinking about it a year or more in advance. Even then, where to go and what to do with your precious vacation time once you get there (most visitors only explore Yosemite Valley), can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. That’s why we’ve already done all of the planning for you. Check out our expertly-curated Yosemite itinerary. OARS also offers visitors the chance to experience a side of Yosemite’s wilderness that’s more off the beaten path, including whitewater rafting on the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers, which flow from the park’s high country. These unforgettable California rafting trips are the perfect add-on to a spring or summer Yosemite adventure.

Rainbow over the river at Dinosaur National Park.

4. Dinosaur National Monument

At Dinosaur National Monument, you can put your hands on 149-million-year-old fossils at the famed Quarry Exhibit Hall, follow in the footsteps of Stegosaurus on nearby trails, and marvel at the night sky, which recently earned the monument an International Dark Sky Park status. But it’s the Green and Yampa Rivers that meander deep through the monument’s breathtaking canyons that will leave you truly awe-struck. Both rivers, which converge at Echo Park, are considered among the best whitewater rafting trips in the U.S. They are experiences that offer visitors the chance to step back in time and discover the monument’s unspoiled wilderness, fascinating geology, archeological sites, hidden waterfalls, and abundant wildlife from the coveted vantage point of a raft.

From 1-day Split Mountain rafting trips on a short and fun stretch of the Green River to multi-day river trips ranging from 3 to 5 days on the Yampa River and Green River through the Gates of Lodore, OARS offers several unique ways for first-time and experienced paddlers alike to go off the grid and experience all of the splendor of Dinosaur National Monument.

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

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rafts on the river bank at the Grand Canyon.

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