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Whitewater Rafting Trips near Santa Cruz, CA

Whitewater River Rafting trips near Santa Cruz, CA

If the splendid ocean views and beauty of the Santa Cruz area whets your appetite for adventure, head inland just a few hours, where some of California’s best whitewater rivers await.

  • The three forks of the American River offer a rafting trip for everyone. The South Fork is great for families while the Middle Fork and North Fork challenge adventurous first-timers and experienced rafters
  • Intermediate trips are available on the Merced River. Class IV rapids and rolling wave trains create nature’s roller coaster east of Santa Cruz.
  • Wind your way through Calaveras Big Trees State Park on the Class IV+ rapids of the North Fork Stanislaus and marvel at the Giant Sequoia Redwoods.
  • East of Santa Cruz, the Tuolumne River canyon offers two options. The Main Tuolumne River is a beautiful Class IV river. One, two and Three day trips available. The Upper Tuolumne / Cherry Creek, is the ultimate in Class V whitewater.

See a map showing all 10 of our California Rivers with more information about each.