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Spending time in wild places with the people who matter most to us makes the best memories.
Follow these simple steps to create a hand washing station just like the ones we use on river trips.
Travel back in time with our extended family as we reflect on 50 years of guiding and the incomparable nature of river trips.
Discover a bottomless archaeological treasure chest of ancient civilizations on a San Juan River rafting trip through Utah’s dramatic red rock canyons.
When Samantha Derbyshire experienced Cataract Canyon at spring flows for the first time, she fell in love with that wild and untamed stretch of the Colorado River right then and there.
Join OARS President Tyler Wendt and his family as they continue the tradition of family rafting adventures on the Lower Klamath River in California – a tradition started by his parents and founders of OARS, George and Pam Wendt
The Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe is home to some of the most notorious Class V whitewater in the world, and this “best of the best” adventure combines four days of whitewater action, stunning beaches and an incredible helicopter ride with a 2-day Safari in Botswana.
Experience the bouncy rapids of Northern California’s Lower Klamath River
Celebrate the legacy of John Wesley Powell with us on the 150th anniversary of his legendary adventure through the Colorado Plateau and the great unknown.
Sweep boats are a traditional craft used by OARS and other outfitters on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River to transport gear downriver, typically on 6-day trips from mid-June through August depending on water levels. Piloted by a single captain from a standing position, sweep boats are massive inflatable crafts, ranging from 22- to […]
Learn how to pack for a multi-day whitewater rafting trip
Required viewing for before your whitewater rafting adventure
Raft through Dinosaur NM on one of the best river trips in the West
The Green River through Desolation Canyon is Utah’s best kept secret. Join OARS for a rafting exploration of this remote and beautiful canyon.
Martin’s Boat honors Martin Litton and his efforts to save Grand Canyon
Experience the lower Grand Canyon on a 5-day rafting trip out of Las Vegas
The journey down British Columbia’s Chilko, Chilcotin & Fraser Rivers is incomparable
Explore Canyonlands via the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon
Combine rafting in Westwater Canyon with exploring in Arches & Canyonlands
In the middle of the lower 48’s largest wilderness area, Idaho’s Main Salmon River is Idaho’s best kept secret
1. Get out of the car, 2. Leave the crowds behind, 3. Hop on a raft…
Discover your next epic adventure in the Grand Canyon
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through the Grand Canyon
Experience the awe of Idaho’s Main Salmon “River of No Return”
Experience the rush of the Wild & Scenic Merced River just outside Yosemite National Park.
Experience the notorious Tunnel Chute on the Middle Fork American River
Experience the premier multi-day alpine rafting trip in North America
Raft the Colorado, take a scenic flight over Canyonlands & explore Arches
Experience the emerald-green Class IV whitewater of the North Fork American
California’s Wild & Scenic North Fork of the American River offers rapid after Class IV rapid of nearly non-stop, white-knuckling whitewater, followed by a stretch of more moderate Class II-III rapids.
The “North Stan” offers some of the most technical Class IV whitewater rafting in California. Go big on this spring trip in the Sierra.
Hit the road and explore the Gorges of the Lower Salmon River
Experience Oregon’s Wild & Scenic Rogue River
Raft through the deepest gorge in North America on the Snake River
Experience California’s most popular rafting trip – the South Fork American
Winding it’s way through the desert southwest the Green River offers spectacular scenery, unparalleled opportunities, and a chance to reconnect with your family and friends while taking it all in. Split Mountain Canyon (just one of the many stretches along the Green River) is the perfect river trip for children and people of all ages. […]
Experience the world-class whitewater of the Wild & Scenic Tuolumne River
Follow a young couple on the trip of a lifetime to Machu Picchu
Journey down Idaho’s Middle Fork with a gourmet chef & winemaker
Experience the awe of Colorado’s Yampa River on a whitewater rafting trip
Ride along with Kristin Bor of Bearfoot Theory on her 4-day whitewater rafting adventure on the Green River through the Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur National Monument.
Join the California Travel Expert, Veronica Hill, on the American River
Sixteen urban Latino high school students from Utah kicked off their summer vacation with an unforgettable “Take It Outside!” weekend adventure on the Colorado River near Moab.
Join Stephen & Drew from Travel Talk on a trip down the Tuolumne River
Join Stephen & Drew for part 2 of their wild adventure on the Tuolumne
Grand Canyon River Guide – One of the best jobs in the world
For the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act in in celebration of their 35th Anniversary, Chums…
Watch this Full Length Digital Feature on the Green River from Rapid Media
Experience Idaho’s Main Salmon River with Mike’s Road Trip
Join Scouting magazine Editor Bryan Wendell for a trip down the Rogue River
OARS Tuolumne “Wine on the River” trip wins NBC’s Golden Grape Award
OARS guide Amber Shannon learns to row a dory from some of the best…
OARS Founder, George Wendt, recalls some of his early conservation work
A day in the life of an OARS. Dories river guide on Idaho’s Main Salmon
We ask a few of our Idaho river guides the tough questions…
Rafting Pioneer George Wendt: A Story of Family and Conservation
Meet OARS river guide Bram Role
Meet OARS river guide Erika Unhold
Meet OARS river guide Heather Solee
Meet OARS river guide Lars Haarr
Meet OARS river guide Steve Kenney
Meet conservationist & Grand Canyon Dories founder, Martin Litton
OARS dory guides take on Big Mallard Rapid on Idaho’s Main Salmon
Learn how to make Mexican cornbread AND pineapple upside-down cake in a DO
Learn how to cook lasagna in a Dutch oven
Learn how to fly fish from the pros
Learn how to pack a cooler for a multi-day wilderness trip
Learn what to wear and bring on a one-day OARS rafting trip
Ken Brower revisits the birthplace of the modern environmental movement
Interested in taking your Scout group on a river trip? Watch this…
Military veterans experience the restorative power of a river trip
Rafting on Oregon’s Wild & Scenic Rogue River offers you the opportunity to leave societal pressures behind and just be yourself.
This 33-minute film was the first ever recorded for OARS back in 1973
When you look back on life, what are the greatest moments you’ll remember?
Watch the time-lapse construction of the dory, the Marble Canyon
Discover nature’s miracles in our national parks
A tribute to the National Park Service in honor of the 2016 Centennial
Sometimes getting back to nature is the only way forward.
Watch the award-winning short film about a river in Fiji by Pete McBride
TV, smartphones, video games, and social media don’t make memories. Nature does. It’s time to take back family time and get outside.
When’s the last time you ditched your devices and completely unplugged for more than a few hours?
It is not enough to fight for the land it’s even more important to enjoy it
Conservation of wild rivers has to start with love. Amy Kober has spent the last 18 years of her career dedicated to saving waterways with American Rivers.
Meet a new generation of dory guides on Idaho’s River of No Return
Get out of the city and head to the Sierra to explore Yosemite & go rafting
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 1: Introduction
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 10: Inflatable Kayaks
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 11: Any Questions
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 2: Fitting PFDs
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 3: Helmets
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 4: Footwear
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 5: Paddles
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 6: Boats
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 7: Non-Voluntary Swimming
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 8: River Hazards
OARS Whitewater Rafting Safety Orientation Series Part 9: Other Concerns