It all began on the Kern River, late one winter evening around a smoky campfire. Three friends, dreaming big and longing to turn their love of the outdoors into a business partnership, created a plan.
That campfire inspiration became Mountain & River Adventures, affectionately known as MRA to guests, staff and the local community. Our doors opened on April 1, 1989, and the one partner who steadied the course has never looked back. With only three boats, a handful of guides and an old yellow van to shuttle customers, the dream began.
In 1995 Mountain & River Adventures expanded its river operation by offering camping and meals, which include a more full-service adventure menu, to guests. John's dream, sketched out on the back of a dinner napkin, was coming to fruition, but not without a lot of blood, sweat and tears as he oversaw the grueling work it took to carve out 33 campsites on 15 acres of boulders and scrub brush. That dinner napkin design included a private raft put-in, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, an outdoor dining area, Bull Run Pavilion, Bud's Grove, and what is now regarded as "the best” campground restroom on the Kern River. Our Bull Run Pavilion, a sculpted boulder amphitheater, has become a fun venue for camp movies and live music, while Bud's Grove has evolved into a "favorite for local's" wedding location.
Another expansion in 2006 opened up the entire stretch of the Kern River to MRA. Once known for our excellence as a powerhouse run company, MRA offers our customers outstanding river trips on any segment of the Kern River you could dream of paddling. Fast forward to today and MRA is truly a full-service, outdoor adventure outfitter with strong stewardship ethics and community priorities.
John and his wife Rhonda believe in creating pure, fun, and memorable experiences that connect people with nature and each other. They are passionate about white water rafting and the beautiful Kern River. Combining over twenty years with environmental stewardship of the Kern River Valley, MRA is ready to share their passion and insights with you and your family. Our whitewater guides have safety and special training working with children. We offer professional instruction for beginners and experienced guidance for even the most seasoned white water rafters. Our Kern River rafting tours are filled with white water excitement that will provide team building and bonding with nature and each other.