Mariah Wilderness Expeditions


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In a Nutshell

Raft the South Fork for half a day, or visit 3–5 wineries via chauffeured transportation, go rafting, and enjoy 4 included meals

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 15, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid until 5/24. Reservation required; Subject to weather and availability. 48hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 7 or older; must be 21 or older to participate in wine tasting. Must sign waiver. Not valid on holidays. Extra 8% river use fee not included. For South Fork trip, BBQ lunch may be purchased for an additional $7. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Mariah Wilderness Expeditions - Lotus: Half-Day Rafting Trip or Winery Tour and Rafting Trip from Mariah Wilderness Expeditions (Up to 50% Off) 

Choose from Four Options

  • $49 for a half-day South Fork Chili Bar rafting trip, redeemable Thursday or Friday (up to $95 value)
  • $55 for a half-day South Fork Chili Bar rafting trip, redeemable Saturday or Sunday (up to $110 value)<p>

The South Fork rafting trip starts at 8:30 a.m. and wraps up by 1 p.m., making for a trip that’s especially welcome to novice paddlers. Guests may purchase a barbecue lunch for $7.

  • $179 for a two-day winery tour and rafting trip, redeemable for trips launching Monday or Thursday (up to $358 value)
  • $199 for a two-day winery tour and rafting trip, redeemable for trips launching Saturday (up to $398 value)<p>

The winery tour and rafting trip takes groups through the towns of El Dorado County to sample award-winning wines while gazing at the snowcaps of the Sierra Nevada. After a barbecue dinner, tourists settle down for a night of camping. This package also includes lunch on the first day and breakfast and lunch on the second. <p>

Mariah Wilderness Expeditions

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.


97% of 38 customers recommend

  • “Great experience with marvelous and very personable guides!!”

  • “Awesome experience!!”

  • “Pay attention and the preparatory speeches and you'll have a phantastic time! Ray was skilled and great fun!”

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    6500 California 49

    Lotus, CA 95613


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