OARS Launches New Dory Trips to Meet Growing Demand

New Trips on Idaho’s Salmon and Utah’s Green & Colorado Rivers in 2016

Angels Camp, Calif. — It is said that there is no better way to experience a river than by dory. It is because of this, and due to a recent surge in demand, that OARS. is pleased to introduce two new river expeditions by dory this season:

Canyons of the Colorado

A journey in the footsteps of the John Wesley Powell Expedition of 1869 on the Green and Colorado Rivers into the untouched heart of this majestic red rock wilderness, enjoying an in-depth exploration of remote canyons, pre-Puebloan ruins, petroglyphs, pictographs and fascinating geology. This 264-mile stretch of river boasts plenty of splashy Class III-IV rapids along with long peaceful stretches leading up to some of the most exciting whitewater in North America, which can be as big or bigger than the rapids of the Grand Canyon.

Main Salmon River—River of No Return

Featuring miles upon miles of protected wilderness where little has changed since first appearing on the U.S. map, the Wild & Scenic Main Salmon River in Idaho offers a rich river experience including world-renowned whitewater, big sandy beaches, beautiful mountain scenery, abundant wildlife and a natural hot spring. Dubbed the “River of No Return” by early prospectors, the Salmon River is, in fact, a river you’ll want to return to again and again. Sunset magazine named OARS’ Main Salmon River trip the Best Guided Outdoor Trip of 2015.

Dories are designed with a blend of rationale, romanticism and adrenalin. Roughly 17 feet from bow to stern, these hard-hulled, ultra-buoyant boats have six hatches for stowing gear and ample space for four passengers with a central cockpit for a guide manning two powerful oars. No other boat is as capable or elegant on the wild waters of the American West. Beyond their stout, thoughtful design, dories hold a soulful connection to the river and a heritage of western exploration. Combined, the qualities of the vessel make for an unmatched and unforgettable journey.

Born in the heart of the Grand Canyon, OARS continues to carry on the legacy of the original and legendary founder of Grand Canyon Dories, Martin Litton. Each hand-crafted boat is bestowed a unique identity to remind us all of the special places we’ve lost and OARS hopes to inspire a new generation of river guides and travelers by running these unique vessels on rivers throughout the West—Idaho’s Snake and Salmon Rivers, Utah’s Green River through Desolation Canyon and on the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park, among others—to become advocates for the remarkable wild places they visit.

In 2015, OARS teamed up with award-winning National Geographic filmmaker Pete McBride to create Martin’s Boat, a short film that honors the legacy of Martin Litton and follows the newest boat in the Grand Canyon Dories fleet, the Marble Canyon, on its maiden voyage down the legendary Colorado River through the grandest canyon on Earth. The film will be released online in June 2016. Learn more: http://www.martinsboat.com/.

OARS is offering savings of up to $200/person on select dory trips for reservations placed with deposit by March 31, 2016. Explore and learn more at: http://www.oars.com/dory/.