Yosemite Whitewater Rafting and Wildflowers

Yosemite Whitewater Rafting and Wildflowers

Learn about fire ecology as you explore the the Merced River.
April 13, 2019 to April 14, 2019

Get to know a new side of Yosemite during an adventure-filled spring experience! You’ll kick off the weekend on the water, as you navigate the Merced River with guides from Zephyr Whitewater Rafting. Back on land, you’ll get to dive into fire ecology, as you join a naturalist guide to explore recently burned areas along the river. Look for rare “fire-follower” flowers blooming in rebounding habitat, and learn how wildfires, such as the 2018 Ferguson Fire, can be beneficial for Yosemite ecosystems.

Included with your registration:

  • One and a half days of guided hiking and a half day of Whitewater Rafting with Zephyr (Saturday, April 13, through about 4 pm on Sunday, April 14).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (reservation arrives Friday, April 12, and departs Monday, April 15) at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley. We cannot adjust these dates.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Half Dome Village will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the start of the program.

Experience Level: Any. Participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderate. 5–6 miles per day.
Elevation Range: 2,000 feet–6,000 feet (driving).
Registration Price: $279
View a suggested day hike packing list.
Guide
Kaleb Goff

Kaleb Goff

Kaleb Goff grew up in California’s San Diego County, where the suburban canyons, ocean shore and low-lying mountains to the east shaped his love for wild spaces. He developed a passion for science and conservation as a student at University of California, Santa Cruz, and has spent several years working as a National Park Service ranger-naturalist in Yosemite. As a naturalist and guide, Kaleb seeks to help people connect to the outdoors through art and science, whether through bird and botany walks or watercolor and poetry workshops. His love of art and nature is also etched into his personal hobbies, which include banjo-playing, rock-climbing, gardening, surfing and traveling.