The sport of whitewater rafting was in its infant stages in 1962. That spring George Armstrong placed a small raft into the Stanislaus River near Yosemite National Park and ventured into the unknown. He lived to tell about it and fell in love with rivers and rafting.
Soon he and his family were sharing their new found love with others. A lot has been learned since those early days of rafting, but the same joy and excitement initially experienced on the river has only grown. And so has the All-Outdoors family.
Now, 60 years later, three generations of Armstrongs and the All-Outdoors staff welcome more than 10,000 guests on river trips throughout California each year!
"We go rafting every 1-2 years and we ALWAYS go with All-Outdoors. A great family owned company, AMAZING food on the river, knowledgeable and fun guides, and an all around fantastic experience. It is easy to tell that All-Outdoors groups have more fun, get better food, and have a safer experience."
- Helen, Middle Fork American
60 years of rafting on California rivers is enough time to experience anything that can happen on a whitewater rafting trip.
Organizing over 40,000 trips is the best way to learn how to put on amazing rafting adventures! Taking 450,000 guests down rivers is a great way to learn how to care for folks as you lead them through river canyons.
Experience is a good teacher and All-Outdoors has more of it than any other California outfitter.
"Over the past 25 years I've done many rafting trips with All-Outdoors and I have enjoyed them all. "AO" is one of the original rafting outfits and offers trips down several California rivers. If you live in Northern California or are just visiting, you really need to experience white water river rafting and you should do it with All-Outdoors."
- CA2Hawaii, San Jose
With permits on 10 of California’s best rivers and over 20 different trip options, we are able to offer trips ranging from an easy Class II float for young families, to the most difficult commercial rafting run in the nation on Cherry Creek.
The government approved permits All-Outdoors has been awarded during the past six decades are some of our most precious possessions because they allow us to share the rivers and canyons we love with those who choose to raft with us.
More rivers, more options, more availability, so you can raft where you want and when you want.
"All-Outdoors has been a pioneer in assisting the federal, state and local agencies in developing river management plans for California rivers. All-Outdoors is an outstanding outfitter and partner to BLM.”
- D.K. Swickard, Bureau of Land Management
“We had a great trip. Your team was exceptional. Beth was warm, engaging, and fun. The best thing I can say about her is that "she gets it". She understood what was important to us and made sure we were always happy. “
- David, Middle Fork 2-Day
Our professionally trained and certified guides are dedicated to your overall rafting experience. Not only are AO guides skilled and versatile whitewater navigators thanks to the unparalleled training opportunities on our 10 California rivers, they are respectful, friendly and personable.
The ability to connect with a wide variety of personalities and a passion for sharing the beauty of California’s river canyons in the most fun and safe possible way is what sets AO guides apart.
“There aren't enough stars on Yelp to give All Outdoors. It is absolutely impossible to not like this company. Their professionalism starts with their reservation office. I challenge you to find a single employee who isn't courteous, genuine, and simply excited to help you find the perfect trip.”
- Jimmy, North Fork Stanislaus
Whether you are a family, small group of friends, or a large corporate off-site, our friendly and knowledgeable California Rafting Consultants are here to guide you through all stages of trip planning and beyond.
While our user-friendly website makes it easy to book your trip online, our reservation staff is available year-round (with extended office hours during the rafting season) to help you choose and plan an amazing California rafting adventure.
"All-Outdoors is an acknowledged leader in the industry in terms of the quality of trips they run… Visit any river they operate on, and you'll see their equipment is one of the things that sets them apart. I know of no other river company that goes to such lengths to ensure that the gear they use is appropriate for its application."
- Jeff Kellogg - Owner, Clavey Paddle Sports
When it comes to whitewater rafting trips, obtaining the best equipment available is important. Inspecting it often and maintaining it regularly is critical. Our versatile fleet of rafts allows us to match the right equipment to various river conditions for maximum enjoyment and safety.
AO does not compromise on rafting equipment...we never have in 60 years and we never will.
We care about what others say about their experience with All-Outdoors. This is true whether the feedback comes from families, from school and specialty group organizers, from executives after their one of a kind company outing, or from our government and industry partners.
The number of reviews we’ve received over the years is significant, but it is the substance in those reviews that speaks the loudest.
"I would have to say without reservation that All-Outdoors is one of, if not the best river company I have ever seen or worked with."
- Will Leverette, Risk Manager of the Worldwide Outfitter and Guide Association of 700 outfitters nationwide
Choosing a whitewater rafting outfitter is a big decision and can be daunting, especially if you are planning your first rafting trip. If you aren’t convinced yet that All-Outdoors is the right choice, consider the following:
In today’s world of uncertainty, we have an industry-leading and lenient cancellation policy that provides you with peace of mind.