Tuolumne River Rafting Trips

Intermediate - Advanced Class IV+

Our most popular advanced river. 2018 Season: May - September 3. more

Difficulty & Scenery
  • Int.-Advanced Class IV+
  • Long, boulder-strewn rapids
  • Beautiful, remote "National
    Wild & Scenic River"

Who Should Go
  • Experienced rafters
  • People wanting wilderness &
  • Usual min. age: Summer 13; Spring 15

Trips Include
  • Pro guide & instruction
  • Equipment & shuttle
  • Fresh, delicious meals


Select a Tuolumne River Trip Option

1-Day Trips - $279

2-Day Trips start at $479

3-Day Trips - $669

Multiday Tuolumne / Cherry Creek Combo Trips start at $589

Complete price list



THE RAPIDS: Technical Class IV boulder slaloms will make your heart pound

Steep, technical rapids characterize the Tuolumne. The action starts immediately as you discover seemingly non-existent passageways through rock-strewn corridors like Rock Garden and Nemesis. Rapids comprised of tight chutes, tall drops and immense boulders follow until we reach the highlight of the trip– Class IV + Clavey Falls. The middle section of the river mellows, allowing time for reflection before entering the final challenging miles. You'll forge a strong team with your fellow paddlers–and have an incredible time testing your skills on this river.

USUAL MINIMUM AGE: 13 years of age July - Sept: 15yrs of age April - June


THE RIVER SCENERY: Rugged, steep, stunning Sierra foothills with oak, maple, and pine

Whether you are young in years or just in heart, the Tuolumne canyon will uncover your inner adventurer. A National Wild and Scenic River, the Tuolumne's deep canyon, pristine side streams, and crystal-clear water inspire awe and gratitude. You'll want to enjoy the cooling swimming holes and waterfalls found in beautiful tributary streams, take advantage of every relaxing beach, and explore the many intricacies of this impressive wilderness area. Only two small 20-person commercial trips are allowed in the canyon per day, so you will always feel like one of the few privileged humans in this wonderful place.

RIVER LOCATION: 3.5 hours from San Francisco, 40 minutes from Yosemite

Just two hours from Sacramento and only three hours from San Francisco, the Tuolumne is close to many metropolitan areas. Highways 140, 120, and 49 are all in close proximity. Explore other Yosemite whitewater rafting trip options.

TYPICAL RAFTING SEASON: April - early-September*

The Tuolumne's flows are dam controlled, which makes river levels more predictable during the summer season. However, early-season snow melt pushes the river to very high levels that are best for experienced rafters. At these flows, the Tuolumne becomes one of California 's most powerful whitewater runs. As the season continues, water levels recede and become appropriate for both experienced rafters and very adventurous beginners.

* Season length, river flows, and days of water releases may vary. For this year's flow predictions and real-time water levels go to the River Flows page.

MEALS: Freshly prepared riverside feasts

On 1-Day trips, our lunch begins with tortilla chips, salsa, and fresh summer fruits. Our gourmet "build-your-own" sandwich bar includes all the fixings needed to assemble the perfect sandwich to your preference. We also provide a beverage, and cookies to finish it off. Breakfast, dinner, and both lunches are provided on our multi-day trips. Our breakfasts vary from fancy continental-style fare to omelets cooked to order. At dinner you'll dine on hors d'oeuvres, tossed salad, garlic bread, baked potatoes and main dishes like grilled chicken and steak. And don't forget dessert–a freshly baked Dutch oven delight (fire season permitting)!

If you have special dietary requirements, we encourage you to tell us at the time of your reservation. We will do our very best to accommodate your needs.

GUEST INVOLVEMENT: How You Participate in Getting Down the River

During normal water flows, All-Outdoors runs paddle-rafts on the Tuolumne multi-day trips and oar-paddle combination rafts on 1-Day trips. In a paddle-raft, each guest and a professional guide have a paddle and navigate the river, working as a coordinated team. In an oar-paddle combination raft a guide helps steer the boat with oars while simultaneously calling commands to paddlers. The oar-paddle combination rafts can move at a quicker pace during the calmer sections which is helpful on 1-Day trips. In high-water situations, we may opt to run oar-paddle combination rafts on all trips. All guests should be able to swim.

GROUP TRIPS: We Can Accommodate Groups as Large as 20 People

One of our specialties is creating fun and memorable whitewater rafting trips for small and large groups.

What Type of Group Trip are You Looking For?

Our reservation specialists can help you through every step of the planning process. To learn more about our group-specific discount plans and packages, visit our Group Rafting Trips page.

THE NEXT STEP: Explore Trip Options or Begin the Booking Process

To learn more about our Tuolumne River rafting trips, explore our 1-Day , 2-Day, 3-Day and Tuolumne / Cherry Creek Combo trip options. If you want to start booking your trip now, you can call our office at (800) 247-2387 during business hours or check for available space online.