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Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions

Main Street, Columbia, CA 95310
+1 800-431-3636
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7th Fantastic Trip with Zephyr on the Kings River

This is my 7th trip with Zephyr on the Kings River (and my 6th with my wife and son.) We continue... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
EvanDicker
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LA Area
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Epic way to spend a half day in Yosemite!

From beginning to end the staff and guides were friendly and informative. Kali was our raft guide... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
killa_Kristi
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Atlanta, Georgia
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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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“merced river” (22 reviews)
“half day trip” (6 reviews)
“high water” (4 reviews)
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is my 7th trip with Zephyr on the Kings River (and my 6th with my wife and son.) We continue to bring our friends and son's friends and Zephyr never disappoints. We love the camp, the rafting, the food and the guides. The great...More

Thank EvanDicker
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From beginning to end the staff and guides were friendly and informative. Kali was our raft guide and not only did she offer great information about the local area, but she kept all of us inside the boat! The rapids were incredible, but so was...More

Thank killa_Kristi
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Godzilla_10, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Kristi. I really appreciate your feedback, and thanks for the 5 stars!. I hope you can join us again in the future.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great rafting experience, being my second overall and first in California, I'd definitely recommend this outfitter. I originally was going to be booking a Tuolumne river single day trip but it didnt end up fitting into our schedule on this trip so...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome half-day trip on the Merced yesterday. Katie was an awesome guide. Great with kids and novices and very safety-conscious. Also very knowledgeable about the river and Yosemite. A very fun afternoon and a must if you’re in the area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This trip was amazing from start to finish, can not recommend this highly enough. We had issues with Wi-Fi so booking on the internet wasn't easy or getting the email confirmation, but this wasn't an issue. They were very helpful on the phone. We had...More

Thank Sarah P
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Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks Sarah. We greatly appreciate your taking the time to raft with us, and glad you had a good time. We look forward to hosting you again in the future.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experience. Never done rafting before but will be definitely do again. Great staff who take safety seriously but still fun. All equipment provided including wetsuits....you need it this time of year if you go in!! About 40 mins from Mariposa. If you are in...More

Thank RobMc9_11
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Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to share some positive feedback! I will share it with our staff, who will be very appreciative. We are really glad to hear that you enjoyed your Merced River 1/2 day trip.

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Reviewed September 28, 2017

First experience of whitewater rafting as a family with two girls 10/13yrs. Did the 1/2 day merced trip which was a magnificent thrill which we all thoroughly enjoyed. You have full confidence in the staff who are really down to earth and engaging but also...More

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Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for taking the time to share some great feedback! It was our pleasure hosting you on the Merced River, and we hope you can join us again in the future.

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Reviewed September 24, 2017

The company, the guides, the river, the food - everything was awesome! The kids talk all the time about the trip! Thank you very much!

Thank Ewgeniy O
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Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you, Ewgeniy, for the great feedback! Very glad to hear that your kids enjoyed rafting with us.

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Reviewed July 23, 2017

Wonderful experience on a half day trip. The guides were knowledgable and safety conscious. We went through level 3-4 rapids and were constantly getting splashed in 100 degree heat. Only issue is that the start time is 830 sharp. We definitely did not get moving...More

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Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

Thanks for rafting with us on the Merced river, I'm so glad to hear you had a fun time! We highly appreciate you taking the time to leave some positive feedback.

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Reviewed July 22, 2017

My wife, daughter and I booked a half day rafting trip on the Merced river. Zephyr were very professional and organised. We had a fantastic guide, Maggie. Who told us stories of the local people and area as we rafted down the river. The rafting...More

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Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2017

I'm so pleased to hear that your family had an enjoyable time on your Zephyr Merced river experience. Your positive comments mean a lot to us, and I will share your feedback with our fantastic guide Maggie.

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99Garfield99
January 14, 2018|
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Response from Bob F | Property representative |
Hello...Both rivers will be running well with plenty of water in late April. Prices cheaper on Merced as we can run trips every day and have large allocations per trip, so amortization of costs over more people. Tuolumne... More
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