ARTA River Trips, non-profit and friendly since 1963
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American River Touring Association

We are a non-profit corporation, founded in 1963, and known to one and all as ARTA.

We're here to introduce you to the wilderness and to involve you in our trips in a manner that is safe, meaningful, and beneficial to both you and the environment.

Our guides are the heart of our organization. United by a passion for wild places and by a belief that a river trip should be more than a Disneyland ride, they provide exceptional service and outstanding camaraderie. They will be your porter, escort, captain, cook, guide and interpreter, but most importantly, they will be your friend.
Meet some of them here...

Our non-profit status and philosophy ensure that any surplus revenues generated by our trips are reinvested in the company or donated to conservation organizations and are not distributed to individuals or investors. Your participation helps protect our nation's wild rivers for future generations to enjoy.

We donate our profits to the following conservation groups:

American Rivers logo and link


American River Conservancy logo and link


Idaho Conservation League logo and link

Pacific Rivers Council logo and link


Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center logo and link


Tuolumne Trust logo and link

We encourage you to support any organization that protects our rivers. Thank you.

We are proud to be recreation service partners with the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. We operate under Special Use Permits granted to us by the Stanislaus, Klamath, Siskiyou, Bitterroot, Salmon and Challis National Forests, the Folsom, Medford and Moab Districts of the BLM, and under a concessions contract at Dinosaur National Monument. ARTA is an equal opportunity service provider and all trips are operated on a non-discriminatory basis.

For left-brained people:

  • ARTA in one word:
  • Friendly
  • In another word:
  • Family
  • Structure:
  • Non-profit
  • Philosophy:
  • Appreciate.
  • Educate.
  • Donate.
  • Expect to:
  • Get more.
  • Do more.
  • Feel better.
  • In business since: 1963
  • Number of rivers: 14
  • Number of states: 5
  • Shortest trip: 1 day, 10 miles
  • Longest trip: 12 days, 184 miles
  • Average # of guests per year: 3,257
  • Best known for:
  • Fun, friendly guides.
  • Family style trips.
  • Environmental commitment.
  • Experience.
  • Value.
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    River Otter

    River Otters -
    (Lontra canadensi) – Playful, social and at home in the water, otters are our natural spirit animals. And, like us, they often move in with others uninvited, (they live in “holts” which are burrows they share with fellow mammals – Mother Nature’s original couch surfers). They like the same places we like and we see them everywhere we go, just not enough.