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For more details on
our Rec Program, call
(209)­ 379-2606 x140, email us, or send a
Recreation Request

Guided Rafting Trips

Two of the best rafting rivers in California are located in the Yosemite region: the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers. Each provides a spectacular, beautiful and exhilarating experience. The Tuolumne is known for its rocky, technical drops, while the Merced is famous for large, roller-coaster waves and big crashing swells.

We work with the best local rafting outfitters to get you set-up on these trips. Please read the descriptions below to decide which river is best suited for you.

Click below to learn more about rafting these two great rivers:

If you're interested in booking a rafting trip, please call our Recreation Department at (209)­ 379-2606 x140, email us, or send a Recreation Request.


Merced River
Beginning in the high peaks in the southern part of Yosemite, the Merced River is best known as the river creating spectacular Nevada and Vernal Falls before it enters and flows through Yosemite Valley. The rafting on the Merced is typically class 3 (rated 1-5, with 5 being most challenging) and suitable for first time rafters and children over the ages of 12.

  • Famous River flowing through Yosemite Valley. Rafting is done west of the Park
  • 14 miles of Class 3 rapids including Terminator, Grand Slam and Split Rock
  • Full day and half day trips available. Typically available April-July

To learn more about the Merced, click here to read how one local outfitter describes the river.

Click here for a detailed trip outline.

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Tuolumne River
Mt. Lyell, the highest peak in Yosemite, is the birthplace of the world class Tuolumne River. The T, as it is affectionately called, is considered the finest rafting in California, and its consistent class 4 and occasional class 5 rapids are non-stop. This trip is suitable for experienced rafters, adventurous first timers and children over 12.

  • Flowing from the Tuolumne High Country through Hetch Hetchy
  • 18 Miles of Class 4-5 rapids including Cabin, Hells Kitchen and famous Clavey Falls
  • Full day trips only. Typically available April-September 15

To learn more about the Tuolumne, click here to read how one local outfitter describes the river.

Click here for a detailed trip outline.

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