The Best Outfitted Trips

May 2, 2011
Outside Magazine

Wisconsin Hat Trick
On the Northwest Passage's three-day Devil's Lake Multi-Sport trip, guests paddle the 360-acre lake, climb on 100-foot quartzite walls, and hike through northwoods forests. The group stays in a campground with hot showers. Guides provide all equipment and food; BYO sleeping bag. $365 per person; departures in June and September;

Ride Montana
Whitefish Mountain Resort is making a push as a mountain-bike destination, with some 20 miles of lift-accessed downhill. When you get tired of braking, head southwest to Whitefish Trails, 12 brand-new miles of rolling singletrack. $440 for two, including two nights of lodging, bikes, and chairlift tickets; departures from June to September;

Climb the Smokies
Get your climbing GED on REI Adventures' three-day trip in North Carolina's Pisgah National Forest. Guides teach knot tying, rappelling, belaying, and anchor setting; lodging is a tent beside a roaring campfire. From $380 per person; departures from March to October;

Fish New Brunswick
New Brunswick's Miramichi River is rich with wild Atlantic salmon, and Country Haven outfitters provides you with everything you'll need—rods, waders, flies—to catch and eat them on a two-day trip. Guests have access to a private section of the river lined with cottages where you'll cook your catch. $500 per person; departures from April to October;

Raft the Tuolumne
Splash through more than 20 of the roily Tuolumne's rapids—many of them Class IV, some Class V—outside California's Yosemite National Park on a two-day, 18-mile trip with white­water experts OARS. $499 per person in June, $425 in September;

Canoe the St. Croix
Straddle the Maine-Canada border on Bullfrog Adventures' three-day, 30-plus-mile canoe trip down the St. Croix River. Trips are available all summer, but go in August or September, when the bugs are gone. $330 per person;

Play Colorado Cowboy
On a two-day trip with Hidden Trails at the 3,500-acre Bear Basin Ranch in Colorado's Wet Mountains, guests learn to herd and pen cattle, drink like a cowboy around a campfire, and throw a lasso. $400 per person; departures from June to August;

Float and Fly West Virginia
During a two-day trip with Adventures on the Gorge, guests float 15 miles of the Class III–V Lower New River, then take to the skies: the outfitter has installed zip lines crossing Mill Creek Canyon. Chow down on barbecue pork before camping among old-growth hemlocks. $319 per person; departures from April to October;