Fall on the Kern is majestic.

Fall on the Kern.  Cool temps, great trails, dark skies!

Locals love the Fall season here in the Kern River Valley.  Temps cool off,
trails are used but not crowded, and our dark skies are pretty spectacular.
Come see for yourself!

Kernville's annual mtb festival.
Shuttlefest, October 19-21, 2018






Fall camping is ideal! Perfect weather, easy access to the river for wading, fishing and family fun!

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 @ info@mtnriver.com.  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 johns@mtnriver.com.  Thank you for your interest in working with the MRA Team!

Click here for MRA Employment Application