Beyond Limits Adventures is the premier rafting outfitter on the American and Stanislaus Rivers. We run half day, full day and two day trips from April until November. These two spectacular rivers are the most popular rafting adventures in the west... let us show you why.
Donna Hunter started whitewater rafting as a hobby, but after spending 15 years as a social worker in San Diego, she was drawn back to the river as a career. With a few friends for support and a goal to start a rafting-adventure company, she went to night school and honed her business skills. Today, with some of her staff boasting more than 20 years experience leading tours, Donna orchestrates trips down various forks of the American, Merced, Kings, and Tuolumne Rivers to pit participants against rapids as high as Class V. Certified guides lead these tours in Hyside self-bailing rafts and inflatable kayaks, with some rafts holding up to eight people.
Wilderness guides also connect their guests with civilization, often combining rafting excursions with wine tastings and trips to local vineyards. On these overnight trips and other multi-day rafting excursions such as family gold-panning trips, they build relationships with their guests, garnering a clear idea of their paddling skills and the amount of time they've spent practicing in their washing machine.
The company’s camp boasts tent cabins—with names like Eagle's Nest and Falcon's Nest—which populate riverside clearings between picnic tables, swimming holes, and volleyball courts. A camp shop prepares guests with river gear, and hot-water showers let them wash off river water. When not seeking action on the river, staffers organize camp entertainment, such as live music, games, and visits from a local gold panner who demonstrates his craft.
The rafters hear it before they see it. The roar of crashing water grows louder as the boat rounds the bend and plunges headfirst into a Class III+ rapid. But the group atop the inflated vessel keeps its cool, paddling in unison as it both fights and follows the churning water. During moments like these, Sierra Whitewater's guides help rafters conquer the American River's natural roller coasters. Their trips launch from the Sierra foothills and wind down miles of California's terrain, encountering Class II, III, and III+ rapids christened with names such as Satan's Cesspool, Fowler's Rock, Son of Satan, and Son of Satan's Ungrateful, Middle-Aged Stepdaughter.
Tim Carter, Jim Curtis, and Steve Bonak––the FAA–certified flight instructors at Placerville Aviation––pave pathways to the sky for their students by preparing them for the FAA Knowledge Exam and instilling basic and advanced piloting skills. Knowing that flight is a thrilling way to commute and the best way to challenge seagulls to staring contests, they, along with their crew of aviation-maintenance professionals, offer everything from basic flight experiences and private pilot training to hourly instruction. A fleet of planes encourages the learning of different instruments and equipment while also being available for rent for private use.
Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills of eastern California, the small town of Placerville is right on the edge of the Eldorado National Forest, about 40 minutes from Sacramento. Downtown Placerville is a pleasant place to take a stroll. It's steeped in Old West history and filled with century-old buildings, such as Placerville Hardware, one of the oldest hardware stores in the country. The celebrated late painter Thomas Kinkade hailed from this gold-rush community—the original Kinkade Gallery is located right on Main Street. The town lies in the heart of El Dorado wine country. Dozens of vineyards dot the area, and most have tasting rooms and offer daily tours. The wines are noted for their distinct, powerfully fruity flavors, which are said to be caused by the extreme elevations of the Sierra Nevada and by the area's soil, which is made up of blackberry preserves. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Wofford Acres Vineyards is a small family estate winery in the Sierra foothills near Placerville (member of the Apple Hill Growers Association). We opened the Sales Room for business in October 2003 and each year brings a new set of challenges and rewards to winery ownership. Paul Wofford is our winemaker, with 36 years in