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Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions

Main Street, Columbia, CA 95310
+1 800-431-3636
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Great rapids, excellent staff

Wonderful experience on a half day trip. The guides were knowledgable and safety conscious. We went... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LG1381
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New York City, New York
Brilliant half day trip on Merced river

My wife, daughter and I booked a half day rafting trip on the Merced river. Zephyr were very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
mirelaandrew
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank LG1381
Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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

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.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and two teenage sons did the day trip in July. It was awesome! We all had a great time. Rae was our guide-she was fun to talk with, kept things interesting and did a great job navigating! We would do this again in...More

Thank 4littlebirdies
Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm glad to hear your family enjoyed your trip down the Merced river with Ray - we're honored to be one of the highlights of your California trip! Your positive feedback is highly appreciated.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cody took great care of us, we had an awesome time! We didn't have any experience prior to this trip, but Cody made us feel safe & secure so we could focus on having fun instead. If you're in Yosemite, this is simply a must...More

Thank calip0
Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're so pleased to hear that your Zephyr river trip was a memorable part of your Yosemite experience. Thanks for taking the time to leave some positive feedback - I will share your kind words with our awesome guide Cody!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip one week ago. The water level is ideal with some but not too much excitement. I had decided not to bring my 11 year old daughter but she would have been able to do it. Having done some river kayaking in...More

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

Hi Martin, I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your Merced river experience with Zephyr! I will share your positive feedback with Cory and James.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Merced half day whitewater adventure: great guides, great river, great time! The 15min prep-talk was a little worrisome given the possible dangers of whitewater, but once we were on the river it was clear this outfit know what they are doing. Felt safe at all...More

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

Hi Geoffrey, thanks for taking the time to leave us a wonderful review. I am so glad to hear that your group had an enjoyable time on your Merced river trip!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 6 had a blast rafting the Merced with our guide Danny. Lots of fun rapids and swimming opportunities. We felt very safe and received awesome guidance. Highly recommend.Thanks!

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

Hi Barb, thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a great review. Your positive feedback is highly appreciated! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your trip down the Merced with us! We hope you can join us again in the future.

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We were extremely impressed by the friendly, relaxed but competent manner all the Zephyr team demonstrated throughout our half day trip. Maggie our raft skipper was first class, filling us with confidence regarding what was ahead and what we needed to do. Maggie also shared...More

Thank markpardon32
Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Hi Mark, thanks for taking the time to give us such a nice review! Your positive feedback will be shared with Maggie. We're so pleased to have played a memorable role in your Yosemite experience.

Reviewed 10 July 2017

Our party of 13 (at Yosemite for a wedding) did the half-day rafting down the Merced. From start to finish, this was a first class experience. We were warmly greeted, quickly equipped with wet suits, flotation vests, helmets and paddles, given a 15 minute safety...More

Thank Rt66er
Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for the positive feedback on your group’s Merced River adventure - I will share your kind comments with Cory. We hope you can join us again in the future!

Reviewed 10 July 2017

Well organized, efficient operation. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides. Great outing overall, lots of thrills. The 2017 rafting season is high water, and cold water. Our full day trip with lunch was certainly an exciting ride. And the spread they put out for lunch was awesome, plenty...More

Thank CTBCalifornia
Bob F, Owner at Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your review of your Merced River trip - we're glad you were able to join us during one of our most exciting whitewater seasons to date! Your feedback is appreciated, and will be shared with our guides, as the safety of our...More

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