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Since 1993 we’ve gotten our entire summer staff together for a group photo. We have these all mounted in our front office and it’s so fun to see how we’ve grown over the years and how fashion styles have significantly changed. One thing that hasn’t changed at all over the years is our passion for whitewater rafting and dedication towards creating cherished lifelong memories by providing outstanding experiences that exceed our guests’ expectations!

Our team of river guides are a great mix of experienced whitewater rafting guides who have been with us for 11 years and fresh faces new to the world of guiding. Each guide is carefully selected after taking a weeklong interview trip with us on the Salt River in Arizona. On this interview trip we carefully screen applicants for an outgoing personality, a high level of comfort in an outdoor setting, and knack for working well under pressure as this job is as ever changing as the river itself. All of our first year guides are required to have First Aid and CPR certifications and our senior guides go through mandatory Swiftwater Rescue Training. This year we’re representing all parts of the US with guides from hailing from as far northeast as Vermont and who have international experience rafting in South America, Asia, and Europe.

Our management team works hard to create cherished lifelong memories by providing outstanding experiences that exceed our guests’ expectations. We are committed to continuously improving our products and service to provide exceptional value for our guests. The management team at Wilderness Aware Rafting is made up of a diverse crew with all sorts of backgrounds; some have even guided whitewater rafting internationally before they came to Wilderness Aware. After every trip, our whitewater rafting guides pass out comment cards to each guest and we’re proud to say our owner and operations manager read every single card. Over the years, we’ve found great value in our guests’ feedback and have modified our procedures to create the best whitewater rafting experience possible.

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What Our Guests Say:

I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.

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