Tuolumne River Rafting Near Yosemite National Park

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Pronounced "too-all-uh-me," and affectionately referred to as "the T," we have chosen it as one of our "Seven Whitewater Wonders" of the World. Options abound here. There's a thrill-stacked one day Tuolumne River rafting trip, an adventurous 48-hour getaway with cool hikes up side canyons carved by cascading waterfalls, as well as a carefree three-day Tuolumne rafting vacation, with lots of time to explore and relax while reconnecting with nature. All three California rafting options take you to headwaters of the Tuolumne River which originate in the internationally renowned wilds of Yosemite National Park. A true wilderness trip on a " Wild and Scenic" river, the Tuolumne River spills 18 miles through a secluded river canyon roaring with whitewater. A Tuolumne rafting trip works perfectly into a California vacation to San Francisco, Napa Valley and the California coast.

  • 18 miles of continuous Class IV Tuolumne River whitewater rafting
  • Near Yosemite and an easy drive from San Francisco & Sacramento
  • 1, 2, and 3-day rafting trips available in a Wild & Scenic river canyon
  • Wine on the River & Craft Beer Tasting trips available
  • Camp, hike, play bocce ball or horseshoes, swim, explore creeks & waterfalls

We meet near Groveland, just outside of Yosemite National Park, for the start of our Tuolumne River rafting trip. Note: Our one-day trips include all 18 miles of whitewater rafting excitement and a delicious lunch, however, they do not include the remainder of items listed in this sample itinerary. Within the first two miles of the trip, three of the Tuolumne's most notorious rapids: Rock Garden, Nemesis and Rams Head offer an eye-opening introduction to the scenic river canyon. The rest of the morning is spent sharpening our paddling skills and maneuvering rafts through chutes, around boulders and over sudden drops. Spend time relaxing alongside the river and enjoy a delicious lunch. The afternoon on the Tuolumne River brings more white-knuckling thrills, laughs, adrenaline and high fives. Around mile five, a distant rumbling signals the biggest whitewater in the canyon: Clavey Falls. The ultimate thrill, Clavey is actually a series of three staircase drops that are sure to deliver heart-pounding and unabashed excitement. Camp alongside the river and enjoy the scenic wilderness while hiking, fishing or just relaxing. After a hearty breakfast, Grey's Grindstone, Thread the Needle and Hell's Kitchen provide more whitewater thrills. The three-day option offers time to explore the hidden wonders of this canyon. Great hikes along the Tuolumne's side streams reveal waterfalls, swimming holes, natural waterslides and clear creeks that offer excellent trout fishing. There is also time for relaxing on the beach or joining a game of Frisbee, volleyball or horseshoes. Our trip concludes back at your car near Groveland.

March - September


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