[VIDEO] Top 5 Rapids on the Kaweah River

Nestled just outside of Sequoia National Park, the Kaweah River is a must-visit for all adventure seekers. With a thrilling combination of Class IV rapids and lush scenery, this river is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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River guide commands for whitewater rafting

[VIDEO] Whitewater Rafting Paddle Commands

Get educated about the most common whitewater rafting paddle commands you can expect to hear on your next river trip, and find out how to properly execute them in this helpful video.

  Published May 22nd, 2023

Scott running Mushroom (Class V) - Cherry Creek

Caught With His Pants Down

One of the Armstrong family’s classic stories, this rafting tale is about the start of the youngest sibling’s river guiding career. You just have to read it to believe it!

  Published May 18th, 2023

[VIDEO] Whitewater Pros: Big Snowpack Leads to Epic California Rafting

Get some insight from All-Outdoors veteran guides about what the rafting experience is like in a year with abundant snowpack.

  Published May 11th, 2023

History of Whitewater Rafting

The history of whitewater river running dates back to the Native Americans and John Wesley Powell, well before modern rubber rafts were invented. Let’s take a history lesson about our favorite sport.

  Published May 10th, 2023

[VIDEO] Top 5 Rapids on the Merced River

The Merced River is known for its big waves and continuous whitewater action. Located just outside Yosemite National Park, this Class III-IV run provides some epic rapids, all within a beautiful scenic canyon.

  Published May 9th, 2023

Spring Season Rafting at Higher River Flows

Learn about the additional considerations that need to be taken into account when planning a rafting trip during the spring “high flows” period in a year with a well above average snowpack.

  Published April 26th, 2023

Benefits of Wearing a Wetsuit for Rafting

Whitewater rafting is one of the best ways to enjoy the natural beauty of a river canyon. But it’s only fun when you are comfortable and not concerned about getting too cold. Let’s talk about wetsuits!

  Published April 24th, 2023

The 2023 California Whitewater Rafting Season Update

2023 will be an amazing year to raft in California with great options to choose from no matter what kind of trip you are looking for. See our season forecast and our recommendations for the best time to raft.

  Published April 12th, 2023

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Randy and George on the Rogue River in the 70s

Lessons Learned on a Crazy Spring Rafting Trip in 1970

Read this hair-raising story of a 1970 springtime trip the Armstrongs took on the Main Stanislaus River and see what important lessons were learned on that memorable day.

  Published April 22nd, 2022

Best California Rafting Trip for Your Family

How to Choose the Best California Rafting Trip for Your Family

Read on to learn how to determine what California rafting trips are appropriate for families with children of all ages (youngsters, teenagers, as well as adults).

  Published August 4th, 2021

California Multi-Day Rafting Trip

The Best California Multi-Day Rafting Trip

The West is home to some of the most renowned whitewater rafting experiences in North America, and California’s most notable member of this league of legends – the treasured Tuolumne River.

  Published July 7th, 2021

River 101 - How Stay in the Boat

How to Stay in the Raft

Whether it is your first trip or your hundredth trip, falling out of the raft and into the river is always something that is bouncing around in the back of your head when rafting. So how do you prevent falling out of the raft?

  Published May 26th, 2021

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Rafting the California Salmon River

[VIDEO] California Salmon River Rafting – Guest Perspective

AO’s Frequent Floater Sven explains what he likes the most about our California Salmon River rafting trips. Watch and listen to find out who he plans to introduce this exciting river to next time around.

  Published March 13th, 2023

[VIDEO] Top 5 Rapids on the South Fork American River

The South Fork is easy to get to, has a long season, and a whole lot of fun whitewater which actually makes choosing the 5 best rapids difficult! Listen and watch the countdown of the top 5 drops on this iconic river.

  Published August 3rd, 2022

What to wear for spring rafting in California

[VIDEO] What to Wear for Spring Rafting in California

Our expert tips on what to wear for spring rafting in California will help you gear up for your next spring river trip so you can enjoy this excellent time to raft to the fullest.

  Published May 9th, 2022

Spring Rafting on the Kaweah and Merced Rivers

[VIDEO] Spring Rafting: Merced River vs. Kaweah River

Compare these two spring rivers side by side and decide which you want to do first and which you want to do second!

  Published April 25th, 2022

Welcome To The Family

All-Outdoors…What’s in a Name?

Our guests often ask us the question, “Where did the name All-Outdoors come from?” It is a good question and one that deserves to be answered.

  Published August 15th, 2022

[VIDEO] Family Founded, Family Operated, Family Values

Listen to All-Outdoors owner Gregg Armstrong tell the story of how the family got hooked on whitewater rafting back in the 1960’s, how the family keeps growing the rafting business, and how the rafting business keeps growing the family.

  Published August 2nd, 2021

Recent Blog Posts from All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting

[VIDEO] What California Rivers Taught Me in 59 Years

All-Outdoors founder George Armstrong reflects on 59 years of lessons learned from California rivers.

  Published June 2nd, 2021

George Armstrong's Story of His First Rafting Trip in 1962

[VIDEO] George Armstrong’s First Rafting Trip in 1962

Hear George Armstrong tell the story of his first rafting trip in 1962 When George, now 94 years old, stepped off shore and into his little raft on the Stanislaus River, he had no idea what he was getting into. […]

  Published May 26th, 2021

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