Adventure Travel Ratings: O.A.R.S. - National Geographic Adventure Magazine

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Overall Score

Rating Criteria Scores

Quality of Service96.00
Spirit of Adventure94.00
Client Satisfaction100.00

Outfitter's Primary Activity

  • Paddling

Outfitter's Other Activities

  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Paddling
  • River Rafting



Since becoming the first nonmotorized outfitter to run the Colorado River in 1969, O.A.R.S. has dominated the 200-mile stretch of whitewater that roars through the Grand Canyon. Today its guides also hit every other major river in the western U.S. and Canada—plus an increasing number in South America and the South Pacific.

Signature Trip: Lees Ferry to Lake Mead Full Grand Canyon; river rafting; 15 days; Arizona

New in 2009

  • Name:Rafting the Tambopata: Andes to Amazon in Peru
  • Destination:Peru
  • Duration:16 days
  • Price:$4,295


Countries Visited

  • Latin America:Ecuador, Peru
  • Oceania:Fiji
  • U.S. & Canada:United States
Photograph courtesy of O.A.R.S.
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