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How to Plan a Rafting Getaway With Your Friends in 3 Steps

Whitewater rafting is the perfect activity to connect and strengthen trusting relationships. Take out the guesswork as we walk you through the process of planning your next getaway with your friends.

  Published September 26th, 2023

Strawbale Building

The Curious History of the All-Outdoors River Center

Each year we welcome thousands of rafters at the All-Outdoors River Center, but not many of them know about its colorful history. Let us share with you some interesting facts…

  Published September 13th, 2023

Hiking Trails near Auburn, CA

After the Rapids – Hiking near the Middle Fork and North Fork American

There is much more adventure to be had along the American River than rafting. Whether you rafted the North Fork or Middle Fork of the American River, take a look at these awesome local hiking trails.

  Published August 30th, 2023

Day in the life of a river guide

[VIDEO] Day in the Life of a River Guide

There is a lot more to a raft guide’s job than taking folks down the river every day. Come along as we follow seasoned raft guide Mathilda on a trip down the South Fork of the American River.

  Published August 2nd, 2023

South Fork American Rafting

Can I Go Rafting if I Can’t Swim?

When it comes to whitewater rafting, one common question that arises often is whether swimming skills are a prerequisite. Let’s look into why and under what conditions even non-swimmers can participate in this exhilarating water sport.

  Published July 31st, 2023

After The Rapids – Family Fun Near the South Fork American River

Planning a family vacation can be stressful, but you’re off to a great start by booking a whitewater rafting trip with us. Let us help even more with these family friendly tips of what to do before or after the rapids.

  Published July 27th, 2023

Hiking near the South Fork American River

After the Rapids- Hiking near the South Fork of the American River

The South Fork of the American River valley has more to offer besides whitewater rafting: it is full of hiking trails, swimming holes, and amazing views. Check out a few of our favorite trails to explore before or after your trip.

  Published June 20th, 2023

[VIDEO] White Water Rafting Levels / Classes Explained

The river classification system is based on an International Scale of River Difficulty and ranges from Class 1 to Class 6 rapids. Let’s look at the different white water rafting levels!

  Published June 19th, 2023

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

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

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