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  • 0 Save Now for our Outdoor Adventure Camp and Season Passes!

    • by River Riders
    • 02-17-2020
    5.00 of 1 votes

    Best deal of the Year! Save big with $40 off when you sign up for camp before the end of February!  Your week is fun and educational! Children will have the opportunity to participate in all of the activities that we offer at River Riders. In addition during their free time, we'll teach them the basics of guiding and river safety. Goals for your child include: increased confidence, learning, building character, sense of accomplishment, fun, and friendship. Activities include white water rafting, tubing, zipline canopy tour, kayaking, canoeing, ropes courses, biking, and hiking (and more!) on the beautiful Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers (class I-III) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia where Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia come together. Your weeks will include a unique opportunity to visit four National Park Service entities Harpers Ferry National Park, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park, Potomac National Heritage Trail, and Appalachian National Scenic Trail.   30% Off All Season Passes at River Riders until the end of February! Who doesn't wish for an endless summer of fun? Can't you see yourself soaking up the warm sun, all summer long, with your friends and family? Whether it's taking a relaxing float down the Shenandoah River or enduring the rapids on the Potomac River, we've got you covered for your perfect summer of fun- come find us in Harpers Ferry, only an hour away from Washington, D.C! Right now, you can grab a fantastic deal on Season Passes at great discounted rates! With your Season Pass, you can get the most out of your summer with plenty of adventures to keep you out and active! Come find your favourite activity and try a little bit of everything with our Gold Season Pass, which gives you access to our Aerial Adventure Park, Potomac Play Pass, and our Tubing activities. Want to guarantee some time on the river? Grab our Tubing Season Pass and try out the White Water Tubing for an exciting trip on the Potomac- or try the Flat Water Tubing option and float to your heart's content! Maybe you're looking to paddle around and catch the views in Harpers Ferry? Our Potomac Play Pass Season Pass gives you access to kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards down at our campground with a fantastic stretch of easy flat water. And of course, if you're looking for a challenge up in the trees then grab our Aerial Adventure Park Season Pass which gets you unlimited 2-hour climbing sessions through the summer. There's an option for everyone out there, and when you purchase a Season Pass you also receive 10% Off Guided Trips and 10% Off In-Store merchandise. The savings never stop! Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity, and grab your Season Pass today!

  • 0 Discounted Season Passes at River Riders!

    • by River Riders
    • 01-15-2020
    0.00 of 0 votes

    Who doesn't wish for an endless summer of fun? Can't you see yourself soaking up the warm sun, all summer long, with your friends and family? Whether it's taking a relaxing float down the Shenandoah River or enduring the rapids on the Potomac River, we've got you covered for your perfect summer of fun- come find us in Harpers Ferry, only an hour away from Washington, D.C! Right now, you can grab a fantastic deal on Season Passes at great discounted rates! With your Season Pass, you can get the most out of your summer with plenty of adventures to keep you out and active! Come find your favourite activity and try a little bit of everything with our Gold Season Pass, which gives you access to our Aerial Adventure Park, Potomac Play Pass, and our Tubing activities. Want to guarantee some time on the river? Grab our Tubing Season Pass and try out the White Water Tubing for an exciting trip on the Potomac- or try the Flat Water Tubing option and float to your heart's content! Maybe you're looking to paddle around and catch the views in Harpers Ferry? Our Potomac Play Pass Season Pass gives you access to kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards down at our campground with a fantastic stretch of easy flat water. And of course, if you're looking for a challenge up in the trees then grab our Aerial Adventure Park Season Pass which gets you unlimited 2-hour climbing sessions through the summer. There's an option for everyone out there, and when you purchase a Season Pass you also receive 10% Off Guided Trips and 10% Off In-Store merchandise. The savings never stop! Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity, and grab your Season Pass today!

  • 1 Experiences Over Things!

    • by River Riders
    • 12-01-2019
    4.75 of 4 votes

           The holidays sure can be a stressful time of the year. Cooking for large groups can be a huge pain and you will never please everyone's taste buds. Not to mention everyone's dietary needs. And cleaning, don't even start on cleaning. Going over the top to show Aunt Jennifer that your house is spotless even though the second the kids get loose it turns right back into the storm it was before. The part that really gets me is all of the gift giving. This can really add up and most of the time the products that you buy end up in a landfill. I see it every year in my neighborhood. The day after Christmas we have boxes upon boxes of toys and TV's. These might make you happy for a short amount of time but the memories usually fade quickly and you move on. Not to mention that most Christmas gifts are for one person and not meant to be used together. All of these added stressors really make it difficult to kick back and enjoy what the holiday's are meant for. Living in the moment with Family and Friends that you love and care about. This year give a different gift. The gift of Adventure and Experiences. A day out tubing with the family is a great way to bond and focus on eachother. No cell phones, internet, iPads, just family and the great outdoors. Or if your family is after adrenaline take a Zipline Canopy Tour trip through the trees along the beautiful Potomac river. Your family deserves to a break from the distractions and rat race. It might be hard to imagine now as we look outside to see blistering cold and frigid rain. But imagine you and your family bonding in nature. Or taking a camping trip on the Potomac to enjoy the Beautiful Harpers Ferry Campground. For a limited time only we are offering Buy One Get One Free gift certificates. Get them now while they last and enjoy some family time.  Bogo Gift Certificates

  • 0 Behind the Thrills with Chris Cox | River Riders

    5.00 of 1 votes

    We are happy to welcome Chris Cox as our newAssistant General Manager.  Chris and his wife, Alison, have two children, Chandler (11) and Anna Grace (14).  Chris and Alison are both natives of the Eastern Panhandle who fairly recently settled in Charles Town after Chris retired from the Army in the Summer of 2016. Over his 20 year career in the Army, Chris was privileged to serve as both a Cavalryman (think tanks, not horses) and lawyer (“JAG”) wherein he provided leadership and legal counsel to commands of all shapes and size, soldiers, and family members around the world (including such garden spots as Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq).   Question: How long have you been with River Riders? Answer:  Just recently started, but I am excited for the upcoming season Question: How did you get into the guiding/adventure related industry? Answer: I’ve been a lawyer for a while and wanted to go out and do something different That’s a big difference, going from what most people would say as “boring, legal stuff” to “fun, adventurous stuff” Question: What’s the first memory you have of an adrenaline rush when you were a child? Answer:   Going skiing for the first time! It was a challenge but definitely worth it! Question: What’s the absolute craziest thing you’ve ever done? Answer:  Going into the law profession. Haha, we’ve all made interesting choices in life, glad you went to the outdoor business. Question: What would you say to someone that wants adventure but doesn’t know how to make the time for it? Answer:  When your out there, that’s when you realise it was completely worth it. I think that’s a saying we can all get behind! Question: Most awkward moment on the river…go… Answer: I luckily haven’t had a time on this river… yet. I feel my first trip will make an awkward moment. Well, one good spill makes for one good story. Question: What did you have for breakfast this morning? Answer: A Bowl of nutritious cereal… I think? Question: How do you relax? Answer:  I like to spend time with my family Well now you have some extra time, you are at a Family adventure resort.   Question:  What’s an adventure or destination on your bucket list? Answer:   I’d like to go to the grand canyon with my family. That’s a beautiful site! What a great way to spend time with family   We look forward to welcoming Chris on to our ever-growing team. We hope that chris "makes waves" at River Riders

  • 0 Harpers Ferry Half Marathon

    • by River Riders
    • 05-06-2019
    1.00 of 1 votes

    Harpers Ferry Half Marathon Join us Saturday May the 19th for the Two Rivers Heritage Half Marathon, 4 Mile trail run, and Kids Run in scenic and historic Harpers Ferry, WV.We will also be running our Mega Zip Special: You will get a chance to try the DC area's FIRST and FASTEST all steel high speed Mega Zip Line in West Virginia!! for $10.The Half Marathon is a challenging and hilly course covering the expanse on Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the Civil War era towns connecting them. Expansive views of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, a loop through Harpers Ferry National Historical Park School House Ridge South, Murphy Farm, Lower Town Harpers Ferry, John Brown’s Fort, Bolivar, Storer College,and the homes taking you back to the 1860’s.Our 5K event is a mix of trail and includes a loop of the School House Ridge South portion of the Harpers Ferry National Park. And our Kids Event will be on site at River Riders and School House Ridge South. Visit www.harpersferryhalf.org to get registered!

  • 0 Harpers Ferry is featured on TripAdvisor's list of 17 beautiful small towns to visit in the U.S.

    • by River Riders
    • 04-16-2019
    5.00 of 1 votes

    Harpers Ferry- Click for Full Article According to TripAdvisor, Harpers Ferry is a beautiful small town. The town is part historic village with many historic landmarks.   "I'm not usually one for history, but the historical aspect is really interesting, and I just love the layout of the land and how the town is," said Aiden Brammeier, a Ranson resident.   Talyn Underwood works at The Coffee Mill in town. She says she loves Harpers Ferry because it attracts people from all over. "We have a couple foreigners that come around from all different types of countries and everyone is just really nice, we make friendships," said Underwood.   Many people say a big draw to the area is the easy access to the hiking trails.   "There are a lot of hiking trails around here, but this is probably my favorite, absolutely," said Amy Talkington, a Harpers Ferry visitor.  "And I keep finding more spots that I'm always being surprised and amazed by. All the different things we find even though I've been so many times, still finding new places," said Riley Ruments, a Harpers Ferry visitor.   In addition to the hiking trails, there is rich history and scenic views. Dedrik Shafer and Tremaine Shafer, who are brothers, say their family moved out here not only because of the town's beauty, but because of the peace and quiet the town offers. "So we chose Harpers Ferry because it was one of the quietest places and peaceful and big stress relief off of my mom," said Tremaine Shafer. 

  • 0 Behind the Thrills with Ed Shelley | River Riders

    5.00 of 1 votes

    For this month’s employee highlight we bring to you an employee who has been with us since 1997. Ed Shelley has been helping us in multiple different departments. Some days you may see him driving vehicles around, other days you may catch him guiding guests out on the river, but for the majority of the time, you will find him as our maintenance man. He makes sure everything at River Riders functions as smoothly as possible.   Question: How long have you been with River Riders? Answer:  Since 1997 Now that is some serious commitment! Thank you for being such a valued River Riders Employee! Question: How did you get into the guiding/adventure related industry? Answer: Skating, BMX, Mountain Biking, and the Army An extensive history of adventure is always a great start to working in this industry and a great way to spend your time off! Question: What’s the first memory you have of an adrenaline rush when you were a child? Answer:   First time dropping in on a half-pipe while skateboarding Question: What’s the absolute craziest thing you’ve ever done? Answer:  Running the rapids at great falls from pummel through pencil sharpener then through horseshoe to takeout. Now that is some big water! Next time take a video so we can all see! Question: What would you say to someone that wants adventure but doesn’t know how to make the time for it? Answer:  Make the time because you live every day but you only die once. Question: Most awkward moment on the river…go… Answer: Getting to put in and realizing we had forgotten the boats Well I’m pretty sure if you want to go rafting, it’s pretty important to have the rafts Question: What did you have for breakfast this morning? Answer: Sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich Question: How do you relax? Answer:  I work slightly less It’s always good to take a slight break, even if it is for a moment. Good for you for constantly working hard! Question:  What’s an adventure or destination on your bucket list? Answer:  To raft the Mississippi from Headwaters to the Gulf of Mexico. Just like Huckleberry Finn & Tom Sawyer Now that is a bucket list item if I've ever heard one! Use all the experience from your time of rafting for it!  

  • 0 Behind the Thrills with Alex Tamez | River Riders

    5.00 of 1 votes

    Welcome back to another episode of Behind the Thrills! We are excited to kick off this 2019 season with a BANG! Today, we bring you a person who has been an absolute blessing to us in this endeavor. This person is none other than our Director of Operations, Alex Tamez! Alex has been with us for a while now and recently came on board as our Director of Operations, and since, has been a big help! Alex comes bundled together with her trusty canine companion, Nala, who makes the office a lot of fun. Question: How long have you been with River Riders? Answer:  “6 years.” That’s a long time! We hope you had plenty of time in between to enjoy the river.   Question: How did you get into the guiding/adventure related industry? Answer: “Grew up with a family member who was a guide and admired the adventures each day.” Sounds like you got some adventures very early, so lucky. Looks like you were destined to be in the guiding business!   Question: What’s the first memory you have of an adrenaline rush when you were a child? Answer:   “Riding one of those big wheel tricycles down a really big hill”   Question: What’s the absolute craziest thing you’ve ever done? Answer:  Joined the Military Hahaha regardless, we thank you for your service!   Question: What would you say to someone that wants adventure but doesn’t know how to make the time for it? Answer:  “Just go for it” Words to live by.   Question: Most awkward moment on the river…go… Answer: “I pulled off to the side of the river and was waiting for the rest of the trip to catch up, when I started just swinging my leg and fell into the river…” Shall we remind you of the story of the tortoise and the hare?   Question: What did you have for breakfast this morning? Answer: “Sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit… and a cup of ice.” Hahaha, fun fact about Alex, she always has a cup of ice with her and has a professional ice maker. She even has a cup of ice during this interview.   Question: How do you relax? Answer:  “Camping and bonfires” Nothing like the great outdoors during some beautiful summer nights. Hope you brought enough Marshmallows for everyone!   Question:  What’s an adventure or destination on your bucket list? Answer:   “Homesteading off grid in Alaska” Alaska is much colder than here, but the summers are absolutely gorgeous, what a cool goal!   Thanks Alex for all your hard work you are putting in to help us get ready for this upcoming season! It's awesome good to see some behind the scenes that's also been a guide with us for a while. We look forward to seeing what you bring for the 2019 season. For more River Riders info, check out a complete list of all of our Harpers Ferry adventure activities or explore some of the lodging in Harpers Ferry that you can utilize while at our resort!

  • 1 Outdoor Adventure Camp - Early Bird Discount ends March 31

    • by River Riders
    • 01-19-2019
    5.00 of 1 votes

    Nothing builds character, confidence and friendship like our action-packed, fun and unique summer camp program. River Riders Outdoor Adventure Camp located in Harpers Ferry, WV provides weekly sessions all summer long to give your kids the ultimate outdoor adventure experience. Register today at: www.outdooradventurecamp.com    

  • 0 Behind the Thrills with Kaitlyn Unger | River Riders

    5.00 of 1 votes

    River Riders Employee Highlight The Guide Life: Behind the Thrills with Kaitlyn Unger   Our employee highlight for this month is so good, it’s like we staged it.   Except we didn’t.   Kaitlyn Unger simply answered our questions honestly, and basically…our job of selling the adventure industry is now done!   Seriously, let’s just let Kaitlyn talk. Finishing up her 4th season with us, Kaitlyn loves her interaction with guests as a River Guide, and in her answers below touches on some very important elements of the adventure industry.   Question: What was your history before River Riders? Answer: “To be honest, I was scared of everything involving adventure until I came to River Riders as a kid for the Outdoor Adventure Camp. It really opened my eyes to learning about safety precautions, so that you can safely have a great time on the water. Learning about trusting my gear was the hardest part.” See, we love this! At River Riders, we are so passionate about safety and quality gear, because we know when we’re safe, it allows for so much more adventure!   Question: How did you get into the guiding/adventure related industry? Answer: “I was first introduced to this company (River Riders) around 8 years old when I attended the Summer Camp. I had so much fun that I told all my friends about my week of adventure. Later, I started dating a rafting guide that worked here, and he ended up bringing me to a New Year’s get together at the Campground. I didn't even work there at the time, but the people at the party made me feel so welcome. At that point, I realized the community/family aspect I had been missing out on, and I decided to apply. I am so grateful I did. This place has become my safe haven, my adrenaline rush, my family gathering, and everything I never knew I needed.” Wow…tearing up. We love having you as part of our ‘family’.   Question: What’s the first memory you have of an adrenaline rush when you were a child? Answer:   “My first glimpse into adrenaline was cliff jumping with my Uncle Stuart. He always pushed me to trust my reactions and to trust the water.” It’s that whole trust your instinct thing, and we agree! Don’t push past your comfort zone, but trust in yourself and your surroundings.   Question: What’s the absolute craziest thing you’ve ever done? Answer:  “The craziest thing I've ever done was fly my Uncle’s plane! Once we got up to proper altitude, he let me steer for about 10 minutes! My heart was racing the whole time. After that, we practiced stall-outs .... let's just say I prefer to keep both feet on solid ground.” And by solid ground do you mean the rolling rapids of the river?! Sounds like you’re just a bit more amphibious than aviator.   Question: Most awkward moment on the river. Go… Answer: “You want me to pick just ONE?! Oh boy ... I would say my most awkward moments have included me swimming in flat water, then when it's time to get back in the raft, my guests will often want to help pull me back in. I tell them “No it's okay, I've got it”, but they just grab my shoulder straps and struggle to pull me in. Because it’s next to impossible to pull someone in with their life jacket on, I end up hanging there feeling like an awkward fish at the end of a line. When they finally get me over the side after numerous attempts, I awkwardly flop into the bottom of the boat ... very unpleasant for both parties.” We hear ya…there’s just no graceful way to get back in a raft. But that adds to the adventure all the more!   Question: What would you say to someone that wants adventure but doesn’t know how to make the time for it? Answer:  “Adventure isn’t going to wait around for you. You've got to get yourself out there and take chances. Instead of planning that day to relax, plan that day around learning more about yourself by getting up close and personal with your fears.”  Love it! Don’t let your fears define you…let them push you to be better.   Question: What did you have for breakfast this morning? Answer: “Big glass of Almond Milk, banana and some coffee. My appetite normally doesn't kick in till after I get off the river.”  And then we’re sure it hits full force. Good thing we have some great food options around here!   Question: How do you relax? Answer:  “Relax? What does that mean? Don't you know that if you live the life of a Raft guide, all your free moments are filled with shenanigans and adventuring with your friends. I like to take my dog for sunrise and sunset walks. It's nice to find an open, secluded, quiet spot to just take a deep breath.” Haha, well that’s true. That’s why you guys are just so fun – because to you, all of life is an adventure and relaxing means finding more of it!   Question:  What’s an adventure or destination on your bucket list? Answer:   “One of my goals is to eventually take my camper on a cross country adventure. BUT I never know what life has in store for me. Every day seems to become an adventure one way or another. I love my life and I strive to make it the best.” Big dreams, chill expectations…makes for a pretty happy life. We like your style, Kaitlyn!     Kaitlyn, we are stoked to have you as part of our team and family. You make us all better and you remind us why we do what we do!   If hearing Kaitlyn’s answers makes you want to hang out with the raft guides as much as it does us, then make sure you plan your rafting trip for next year.   Don’t forget that we have BOGO Gift Cards available starting on Black Friday for our Christmas gift specials. Come back on Black Friday to get yours!   For more River Riders info, check out a complete list of all of our Harpers Ferry adventure activities or explore some of the lodging in Harpers Ferry that you can utilize while at our resort!