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Whitewater River Rafting Trips near
Santa Clara, CA

People traveling from Santa Clara and the entire San Francisco Bay Area are within easy reach of 9 of California's best whitewater rivers. For example, just a 3 hour drive gets you to the Class III-IV rapids of the forks of the American River, or the Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River canyon.

  • First-time rafters and people vacationing with kids flock to an American River rafting trip on either the South Fork or Middle Fork of the American River; both are an approximately three hour drive from Santa Clara.
  • In addition to the Tuolumne River, visitors traveling to the Yosemite area can run the Class IV rapids of the Merced River.
  • People looking for the ultimate whitewater challenge can brave the Class V gauntlet of Cherry Creek, California’s most difficult commercial river and an easy drive from Santa Clara.

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