You could take the family to a theme-park, or, you can unplug, get natural. Choose the outdoors!

You could take the family to a theme-park, or, you can unplug, get natural. Choose the outdoors!

Do you ever keep the kids Spring & Summer break schedules jammed packed with fun, learning experiences, hoping they won’t be inclined to hang out on Snap or Insta?

What if you can provide meaningful getaway moments (that are totally Snap and Insta worthy) all while spending time together as a family, in the outdoors?  How often do we fully unplug, together, to stop and smell the pines, take in majestic mountain views, or relax around a campfire gazing at the vast beyond, in the still, darkness?

It’s okay if you don’t already know how to tie a specialty knot, hold a raft paddle correctly, or even know how to adroitly step into a whitewater raft correctly.  Our professionally trained, safety conscious river guides are there to help you through each step of the experience.  Did we mention that all overnight and full day trips include delicious meals?  We practically do everything for you!  Why aren’t you here already?

Choose to unplug @ (800) 861-6553.

“Four city boys looking for a little nature and adventure. We rented a campsite for Friday and Saturday nights and did the full-day, lower Kern rafting adventure (class 3-4). Our guides, Brett and Harry were fun and very nice (driver, Chris was helpful and cheery). They made us feel comfortable and confident, never condescending to us (this is a tough needle to thread). Equipment was it great condition, photography provided, full spread lunch…a total pro setup.  Our campsite was comfortable and the campgrounds were boisterous.  Book in advance for peak season weekends!  Cap it all off with a meteor shower beyond belief and you’ve got a weekend you’ll never forget.” Michael C., Redondo Beach, CA

Learn to guide the Kern.

Class III School:   March 28-31, 2018, $300 and
Class IV School:  April 6-8, 2018 AND April 13-15, 2018, $600

We still have a few slots open for this years Kern River whitewater guide school.  Have you ever:

  • Loved rafting so much that you wanted to come back again and again.
  • Returned home from a rafting tour and just couldn’t stop retelling the story of how……
  • Love the physical challenge of captaining your own boat and could totally see yourself bringing friends up to the Kern for whitewater fun.

You might be an ideal candidate for our river guide school!  Find out more here.

We are standing by to hear from you at (800) 861-6553, or shoot us an email @  See you on the Kern in 2018!


MRA is now hiring for the 2019 whitewater rafting season!

MRA is Hiring!

MRA is now hiring for the 2019 whitewater rafting season!  Are you someone who enjoys the outdoors, working with people?  Are you an optimistic, motivated individual that appreciates excellent customer service, or are willing to learn?  Then we would like to invite you to apply for one of our seasonal jobs listed below.  Follow your passion and spend more time in the outdoors!  Read on to see which job would be the best fit for you.

On-Site Camp Host (seasonal: mid-March to November).  Greet and welcome camping guests, sell firewood/ice, clean restrooms and campsites, operate gardening equipment, basic plumbing, electrical and waterline system knowledge preferred.

BookKeeper (part-time, year-round), must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Quickbooks accounting software, including payroll, and understand sale taxes, accounts payable and receivable.

River Guides experienced or no experience.  Guides with experience, please submit resume and application.  Persons with no guiding experience will need to attend our Guide School training.  Must be 16 years old.

Drivers (need Class B, passenger endorsement and air brakes).  Drive rafting guests to or from various put-in and take-out locations on the Upper and Lower Kern.  Greet guests, maintain a neat/clean vehicle, log miles, keep vehicle fueled.  We can assist with training and testing process; let’s talk.

Photographers (part-time, seasonal).  Shoot photos of whitewater rafting guests as they paddle through a fun rapid.  Location shoots vary from the Upper to the Lower Kern stretches.  Reliable vehicle required.  Basic computer ability for uploading photos preferred.

Food Prep (part-time, seasonal).  Inventory, track, conduct food buys, food storage, cleaning work space, loading coolers for raft trips.

Print out the MRA employment application and mail or deliver to Mountain & River Adventures located at 15575 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA, 93238.  For full job descriptions or to also email your resume/application, send to  Thank you for your interest in working with the MRA Team!

Click here for MRA Employment Application

The gift of adventure. Celebrating 30 years on the Kern River!

Children with paddles in the air on a Kern River rafting tour.

Celebrating 30 years, on the
Kern River, with you!

I took the Gloria Dei youth group (all first-timers) on the 2 Day Lower
Kern rafting trip. 
Our guides were so awesome! The kids had a great
time learning how to paddle, jumping off rocks and adventure
swimming down class 2 rapids. The guides cooked for us and the kids
even helped clean dishes at the end of the night. Bocci ball,
capture the flag, campfire and story time made for some great
bonding moments for the kids. Getting through class 3 and 4 rapids
gave the kids a sense of pride that only nature could provide.
The kids enjoyed every minute of the trip, even the small adventure
hike to get to our boat downstream! A big thanks to our guides for
giving us youth leaders a vacation too.
We’ll definitely use this company again.”
Paige G., Laguna Nigel, CA
Continue reading “The gift of adventure. Celebrating 30 years on the Kern River!”

Adventure Gift Cards!

Just in time for the holidays, M.R.A. would like to remind you that we
offer adventure gift cards for that special someone on your gift list.
Give the gift of adventure with one of M.R.A’s professionally guided tours!

Click here to purchase a gift card online now.

M.R.A. gift cards are perfect to give for holiday, birthday, wedding,
graduation or any other special occasion.  M.R.A. gift cards may
be redeemed toward any of our professionally-guided rafting,
biking, lake kayaking and multi-sport adventures on the
Kern River or Lake Isabella.  We look forward to helping you
adventure, relax and enjoy!

Terms and Conditions:  Reservations required. Gift must be
submitted as payment at the time of booking. Departures subject
to availability.  Standard M.R.A. booking policies apply.
Deposit is required to reserve space on any departure.
Applicable taxes & recreation fees required at time of booking.
Not redeemable for cash. If the trip cost exceeds Gift Card
amount, remainder may be paid for with cash, check or credit card.
Participants must sign a liability release.

Happy Halloween!

Cannell Cabin

You can visit this creepy cabin when you mountain bike the epic Cannell Trail!
We are offering shuttles until snow closes down road access.

Shuttles available this Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday.
Call to reserve @ (800) 861-6553.