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“Simply The Best”

Mariah Wilderness Expeditions
Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Lotus
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are a whitewater rafting company specializing in corporate, family, group, and youth rafting trips. Let our whitewater rafting experience and knowledge work for you. We offer a wide variety of daily rafting trips on the American River in the scenic Gold County of California from April through September. These river trips are suitable for rafting adventurers of all ages and abilities where you will experience Class II-IV rapids.Rafting vacation packages include:Family Rafting Vacations Gold panning Vacations Raft Express for Children - great trips for kids and families!Group Rafting Trips Couples Rafting Trips Inflatable Kayak Trips Wine Touring & Rafting Youth Group Rafting Rafting & Wine Tasting Music & Whitewater Rafting First Time Rafters Camping & Rafting Rafting locations include South Fork American River, North Fork American River, Middle Fork American River, American River Combo Trips, Merced River, Tuolumne River, and Kings River.
Reviewed 8 July 2014

I've been using Mariah since the early 90's and they do not disappoint! From the easy reservation process (thank you Melinda) to the friendly and knowledgeable & SAFETY conscious staff they are simply the best. My last trip was a family trip on July 4th. As a repeat customer they offered me a discount which was greatly appreciated. Their rates were competitive even before the discount. There was no lunch trip option available on this particular day.


We got to "camp" a bit early. We were 2 adults & 4 kids (ages 8-13). Our guide for the day Michelle was FANTASTIC. Our youngest had some anxiety and Michelle was patient and helped her through it. The photos are worth a thousand words with ear to ear grins on everyone's face!

We did the 1/2 day lower gorge and it was fantastic. Although the river was crowded our Mariah flotilla was only 3 rafts. The trip did take longer than expected but this was a result of the crowds on the river. In previous years they had photos taken from a Kayak which followed along but this year the only photos were the ones available from "hotshots".

The rafting was great and we'd return and go on additional Mariah trips in the future.!

Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

The entire experience was wonderful...from Donna (owner) answering all my questions and making our reservation. I was surprised at all the info I was given. My grand kids and I had never been rafting so we didn't really know what to expect but had a great time. Our guide, Mark Allen was the best. Lots of fun and so full of knowledge about the river. He took us in areas the other guides with less experience wouldn't go. Next time we are going to request Mark. So well worth the time and money.

Thank Pat K
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

We did a two day trip this past Father's Day weekend. Everyone was super friendly and available to help with any problem. The food was amazing and the rafting even better. The trip leader, Kevin, was organized and fantastic. Everything went smoothly. The camp manager, Nikki was always around to answer questions and help with anything you needed. And the best for last, our guide Haley, gave us a great ride down the river, taught us about the area and kept us safe. If you want to raft the American River, Mariah should be your outfitter.

Thank EvanDicker
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Had a family reunion nearby and set up a fantastic river trip with Mariah. All of the river companies tout great service... but Mariah Delivered. My group of twelve was 8-55 years of age. Because of the youngsters... we couldn't do 4's and 5', but we got plenty of 3's in. They made a safe, pleasurable experience at a very reasonable price. We will return.

Thank Pat B
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We've taken groups rafting with Mariah for 6 consecutive years now, and they always take excellent care of us, which creates a scenariio for the best possible experience for our group members. I recommend them often, always, and will continue to do so.

Thank SpiritAsJeff
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