California Whitewater River Rafting Trips near Yosemite
Yosemite is the jewel of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
Yosemite National Park is one of the United States’ most scenic wilderness reserves. Yosemite brings to mind incredible natural beauty! Plus, it is easy to access from all over California. Yosemite is only a 4 hour drive from San Francisco. There are many places to stay both inside and outside of the park. Lodging ranges from camping to deluxe lodges. Yosemite Valley is home to spectacular views of waterfalls, high mountains, pine forests, animals, plants, bicycle and walking trails, outstanding hiking trails, and in the winter the skiing is excellent.
In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act after it was passed by Congress. Unbeknownst to Abraham Lincoln and the others involved, it would set the foundation for national parks as we know them today.”
Distance to the following California Whitewater River Rafting Trips near Yosemite:
- South Fork American 4 hrs and Middle Fork American 4 hrs
- Merced 30 min. and Tuolumne 1.5 hrs
- Kings 2.5 hrs
One of the most popular tourist routes to take for a whitewater rafting trip near Yosemite is to get on CA State Hwy 49 in the town of Mariposa, an hour outside of Yosemite Valley, and drive to the South Fork of the American River in Coloma. Since the drive takes only 4 hours, the most popular river trip to take is California’s South Fork American River, half day, afternoon trip. Our guests then either drive on to San Francisco (2.5hrs) or enjoy dinner and camping with us that evening.
The Ahwahneechee Indians, and other tribes, lived in the valley for thousands of years (http://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/index.htm), untouched by other peoples until the arrival of the gold rush seekers in the mid-1800’s.
Ansel Adams, the famous photographer and conservationish, began visiting Yosemite when he was 19 years old and returned to it annually. Adams once said: “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” (http://www.anseladams.com/book-review-ansel-adams-yosemite-valley-celebrating-park-150.html.