We are seeking folks interested in joining a professional and fun-loving community of people who work hard, play hard, and do it All-Outdoors. While we, AO staff members, hail from different disciplines and decades, and enjoy a diverse range of passions, we all share the love of one thing: getting on the river with our favorite people. You can see it in the commercial trips we run on the clock, and the guide trips we take in our off-time. There have been over 30 marriages within the AO clan, and we have multiple second and third generations joining the team … Why? Birds of a feather flock together.
Watch our staff explain why they work for AO.
All-Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting is a family owned and operated company...it always has been. In fact, there are now three generations of Armstrongs working together to help make it all happen! AO specializes in high quality river rafting experiences for beginner outdoor enthusiasts, hard core whitewater junkies, and everyone in between. As one of California’s few original outfitters from the early 1960’s, All-Outdoors is a leader in the rafting industry with 59 years of experience guiding over 400,000 guests on more than 35,000 trips.
Trip offerings include half-day, 1-Day, 2-Day, and 3-Day itineraries on California’s 10 best whitewater rafting rivers and canyons. All-Outdoors has established outposts on three of our state’s most popular and iconic rivers - the South and Middle Forks of the American River, and the world-class Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River. Additionally, commercial rafting permits on some of the lesser known gems of California rivers, such as the North Fork of the Stanislaus and the Kaweah River, enable AO to share more rivers with the public than any other outfitter in the state.
To find out how All-Outdoors began, watch this pictorial.
When we talk about the California rafting season it’s important to distinguish between the spring rafting season (April - June) and the summer rafting season (June - Sept).
Spring rafting is exciting, full of surprises, and a prime time to experience rivers like the Kaweah, the Merced and the North Stanislaus because their flows depend on the snow-melt and weather. As commercial trips in April and May are typically on and around weekends, it’s a perfect time for our guides to grow their skills and train on as many rivers as possible.
By Memorial Day weekend, bookings start to pick up and we stay busy through Labor Day weekend. The busiest months are July and August with rafting trips taking place on the American Rivers near Sacramento, and on the Tuolumne River and Cherry Creek near Yosemite. By mid-September guides are enjoying the quiet, lazy days of the fall. Weekend trips and end-of-season shut-down work keep us busy until our last hurrah trips on Goodwin Canyon in late October.
To learn more the California rafting season and flows on specific rivers, check out our California River Flows page.