Guest post: O.A.R.S. celebrates Utah - the ‘Confluence of Adventure’

O.A.R.S., the award-winning whitewater rafting and adventure travel outfitter, is high on Utah, especially when it comes to whitewater rafting, canyon-country hiking and true adventure.

To celebrate this state’s beauty and to help bring awareness to O.A.R.S.’ Utah vacations, the company is offering travelers the opportunity to win a 3-Day Colorado River Multi-Sport trip for two. For details visit And, until March 31, 2015, bargain shoppers can save $398 per person on the company’s six-day Ranch & Raft package that combines a four-day rafting trip in Cataract Canyon with two nights at Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge on the banks of the Colorado River.

“We think of Utah as ‘The Confluence of Adventure,’ a place where imagination and reality meet and a mecca for outdoor recreation,” says Steve Markle, O.A.R.S. Director of Sales and Marketing. “Utah is where wild rivers converge in a landscape of otherworldly rock formations and hidden desert oases. It’s a land of hidden slot canyons, high adventure and five incredible national parks.”

During peak runoff, typically from mid May to mid June, the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park is home to some of the biggest Class IV-V whitewater in North America. O.A.R.S. offers 4- and 6-day Cataract Canyon rafting trips during high water and into October. Per person rates start at $1,474 (6 day) or $1,326 (4 day) per adult, inclusive of a scenic flight from the take out at Lake Powell back to Moab, UT.
In early spring and throughout the summer the waters calm down for families with children as young as age seven seeking to have a family bonding experience while river rafting. Rates for Cataract Canyon trips start at $1,375 (6 day) or $1,228 (4 day) per youth under 18 years.

New to the 2015 O.A.R.S. portfolio, the Green River through Utah’s Desolation Canyon is an ideal family trip. Featuring stunning red rock canyon walls that tower overhead, the canyon boasts more than 50 playful Class II-III rapids, navigated via oar raft, inflatable kayak and paddle raft. Off the water rafters can explore Native American ruins, abandoned homesteads and one of the hideouts of the infamous Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The trip begins and ends in Green River, UT and includes a scenic flight to the put-in.  Five-day trips start at $895 for youth (ages six and up) and $1,295 for adults:
O.A.R.S. also offers river trips on the San Juan River in southeastern Utah, the Colorado River through Westwater Canyon out of Moab and on the Yampa and Green River through the Gates of Lodore in Dinosaur National Monument in northeastern Utah.
For more information on all of O.A.R.S. programs, trip availability, reservations or a copy of the 2015 Adventures catalog call 209-736-4677 or 800-346-6277, email, or visit:

About O.A.R.S.
Some 500,000 guests later, O.A.R.S. has been providing award-winning whitewater rafting and adventure travel vacations since 1969. Over the decades the company has set the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport adventures, with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines around the world. O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries, including one-day and weekend escapes. For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the “Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. O.A.R.S. trips are consistently honored as “best in class” by Outside, National Geographic Traveler and other top-tier travel publications.