The Snake River in Jackson Hole has some of the grandest scenic float trips and whitewater rafting in the nation. With ample river volume and miles of access, whitewater rafting & scenic floats in Jackson Hole are one of the favorite summer activities here! Rafting enthusiasts are able to run the scenic and whitewater sections from early May to late September. So, how do you choose between the scenic or whitewater experience?
First off, both options provide scenic views of Jackson Hole’s magnificent mountains, valleys, wildlife and unmatched natural beauty. If you’ve got the time, experience both options! If you don’t know what option will best fit your crew or you’re short on time, we’ll cover both.
Scenic float trips through Grand Teton National Park to the Wilson Bridge, or near South Park have lazy floating waters allowing for excellent wildlife peeping and majestic views of the Teton and Gros Ventre Mountain Ranges. Sightings of bald eagles and osprey, and even moose wading in a back eddy are common, so bring your camera! These floats take approx. 3 hours.
The whitewater section of the Snake River is an 8 mile journey down class II-III, with stunning canyon scenery, calm stretches and fun rapids. No experience is necessary, and although the trip comes with plenty of thrills, it’s actually very safe. Falling out of the raft is not a bad thing, and you’ll actually find some spots where you will want to hop out of the raft to cool down from the hot summer sun!
There are plenty of named rapids, and the two biggest waves on this stretch are Big Kahuna and Lunch Counter, so expect things to get wet and wild! Your guides will teach you how to sit, paddle and stroke as you hoot and holler your way down the Snake.
So whether you’re looking to get wet and wild or calm and serene, our Wise Guides can help you book the perfect rafting adventure!