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Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions

Main Street, P.O. Box 510, Columbia, CA 95310
+1 800-431-3636
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in Columbia
Type: Bodies of Water, Sports
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Owner description: Zephyr Whitewater is one of the most popular and experienced outfitters in California. We offer river rafting trips near Yosemite on the Merced, Kings, and Tuolumne rivers. Family and group rates, and internet special discounts are available. Our trips range in length from 1/2 to 3-days. On the Merced river, the closest river to Yosemite, we offer both morning and afternoon 11 mile 1/2 day trips, plus full day trips every day. Many guests have said their rafting trip on the Merced river near Yosemite was the highlight of their Yosemite Vacation. Join us and see why!

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Houston, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My husband and I were traveling with another couple to Yosemite for a few days and booked the half day AM trip on the Merced. None of us had ever whitewater rafted before, so we didn't really know what to expect. I'm so glad we chose Zephyr to coordinate our rafting trip because everything went very smoothly and we had... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This was our last event on our trip to Yosemite. We reserved the AM half day trip which turned out great considering it was the last day of rafting due to low water levels. Our guide, Gordy, was very informative and well experienced. We had an easy day on the Merced river until our raft filled with water and we... More

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Originally booked for a full day trip but because of cancellations we could only do the half day. When we arrived we were introduced to everyone and then suited up in wetsuits and life jackets. After a safety talk we headed down to the boat and the adventure began! We did the trip on the Merced and it was amazing!... More

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Sonora, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

My trip was actually more like 1993, but I've been a resident here since 1989 and I know the company's rep. It is TOO MUCH FUN! We still talk about the trip and still have our photos. We went with four teenage boys who were a bit blase until they actually got on the river. What a thrill! Do it!

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San Rafael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I went on the Kings River weekend trip with Zephyr and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was very impressed by how well the camp site was set up, and the beautiful location of it right along the banks of the river. The tent cabins were spacious, clean, and comfortable. I was expecting typical camping food to be served but was pleasantly... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Fun, well trained staff took great care of us on a recent trip down the Merced River! A beautiful trip for the whole family. We loved that we have the photos of the entire trip. Maggie was our guide and was excellent. Really sharp gal and made the trip really fun for my girls. We would do this again for... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

we had a great experience with the debrief-the staff, the boats, the instructor-the whole show. Excellent

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Orlando, Florida
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

During a trip with our family to Yosemite this past June, 2012, we decided to try out Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions for a whitewater adventure on the Toulumne River. I have two young boys (10 & 14) and they were a bit nervous as we drove down the rather steep canyon to where we would meet up with our guide "Mike"... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We visited on July 17 and did the tuolomne on a day trip with my 2 sons. What a fantastic day, we laughed, had fun and even when the raft nearly capsized we were still laughing! Our guide, Corey, was superb and kept us together as a team without ever turning down the fun meter. The only other thing I... More

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Brighton, Michigan
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83 reviews 83 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Booked far in advance...had tight vacation schedule, and company was willing to add an all day start date for the day I needed for my family of 4. Requested Alitia (as heard she was most experienced guide) and she was great. Lunch was very good, and rapids were fun (never felt unsafe & all guides seemed good). Only negative was... More

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