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Join The ARO Team! Train to be a Rafting Guide

Looking for something new? Start the most exciting summer of your life today! Train to be a rafting guide with ARO, New Yorks rafting leaders since 1980. Work, Play, and LIVE the Adirondack dream! What are the requirements?  Communication, Customer service and People skills. Ability to work with a wide array of demographics including varieties…

ARO COVID Plan

Our COVID plan For the most part, our 2020 COVID plan worked well. In 2021 we will be tweaking our procedures a bit to create less wait time for our guests, while still working to minimized the risk of exposure for our guests and staff. • We will to only take reservations for a private…

7 Important Things to Consider in Planning Your Outdoor Adventure in New York

COVID 19: 7 Important Things to Consider in Planning Your Outdoor Adventure in New York Written by Neil Kleise of Trip101   So, you were looking forward to your trip this spring into the great outdoors of New York State? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know by now that there’s either…

Adventure Quiz: Spring Rafting, Is It Right For You?

Are you in need of a surge of adrenaline? Do you take pride in overcoming your fears? Do you consider an occasional swim wearing a wetsuit invigorating? If your answer to all three is yes, then you are ready for the Hudson or Moose River in April and early May. Outside Magazine rated the Hudson as…

ARO – Among ‘Best in the Adirondacks’

ARO is the highest rated rafting company in two categories of the “‘Adirondacks Best of 2018.”  We are tops in the “Best kayaking, Canoeing, SUP, & Whitewater Rafting” category, and tie for top rafting company in the “Best Tours and Guides” category. ARO is starting their 38th spring season on the Hudson and Moose Rivers…

ARO Expands Hudson River Adventures Base

It’s an exciting time for Adirondack River Outfitters! We have a NEW Hudson River base, where our rafting trips are JUST the beginning of what we have to offer. A year ago, we merged with the team at Whitewater Challengers and everyone is looking forward to the second season at our new digs! Starting the summer of…

My Favorite Month for Rafting – April

Most people claim I’m crazy—but in my skewed estimation—the best time of the year to be in the Adirondack Villages of Old Forge and North Creek, is in April. Specifically–the three week season when the ice breaks free on the Moose River and spring rains create favorable flows for whitewater rafting and kayaking, and The…

What is More Fun Than Whitewater Rafting? Being A Rafting Guide!

Q – What is more fun than going on a whitewater rafting trip with ARO?  A- Guiding the raft. Q- Do I have to pay extra to be the guide? A – Believe it or not if you are the guide not only don’t you have to pay, but you get paid for having all that extra…

Gore and McCauley Ski Areas: Favs of the Rafting Community

Maybe we’re a little biased here at Adirondack River Outfitters—but we’re still quick to proclaim Gore Mountain and McCauley Mountain as two of the top ski centers in the state of New York…heck, make that the best in the East! Admittedly—our rafting bases in North Creek and Old Forge are virtually in the shadow of…

Spring Rafting.. Let The Adventure Begin!

For rafters who want “big” whitewater, spring begins early in the Adirondack Mountains. While the High Peaks region lies locked in winter’s icy grasp, the warm­ing trends of February and March will work on the moisture laden snows of the lower slopes. The softening spring snow begins to dwindle, creating millions of gallons of crystal clear run-off…

Après Rafting – The Adventure Continues

I have to make an awful confession: for me—the best part of a whitewater weekend isn’t the time spent on the river… Instead—it’s the time after the trip reliving the day’s adventure with friends around a table with dinner and drinks. Somehow—the rapids always get bigger, the swims more spectacular, and my paddling more heroic…

Whitewater Rivers, Differences Explained

What makes a whitewater river unique? Why are some rivers transformed into tumultuous ribbons of foam navigable only by skillfully guided rafts or expert kayakers while other streams remain tranquil flows suitable for a quiet float in an inner-tube? Essentially—whitewater is produced by three factors: constriction, gradient, and the structure of the streambed. Every whitewater…

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