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.

Whitewater Rafting Santa Cruz CA


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