4 of the Best Places to Go for Snake River White Water Rafting

Group of kids on a raft enjoying Snake River white water raftingFor a day of thrills, adrenaline, and heart-pumping excitement, the Snake River in Wyoming is ideal for adventurous visitors who want take on the rapids in Jackson Hole. Located just south of Grand Teton National Park, the Grand Canyon section of the Snake River offers intense whitewater rafting where guests can paddle through the waves and get an incredible workout, all while taking in the surrounding wildlife, majestic mountains, and lush forests. Snake River whitewater rafting is a beloved activity by locals and visitors alike and is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Jackson Hole.

Awesome Snake River White Water Rafting

1. Barker-Ewing Whitewater

Prepare to get wet with Barker-Ewing Whitewater! Guests can take a thrilling 8-mile ride down the Snake River that allows you to paddle along or simply sit back and hold on. The ride is exciting for guests of all ages and is a wonderful activity for kids and families who want to experience the rapids. You and your group can have a wild time on a 14-person paddle raft, or enjoy a smaller excursion on an 8-person raft. Whatever you choose to do, we promise you’ll be smiling the entire time!

2. Mad River Whitewater Rafting

Mad River Boat Trips offer daily whitewater trips on three different types of rafts. Guests can choose to partake in a Classic trip with a super small boat, where you and six other passengers will experience intense paddling action, big waves, and tons of thrills. Or, feel free to head out on one of their small boats where eight passengers can expect to get wet! Finally, their third trip features a standard-size raft and floats through fun and calm sections of the Snake River, so you can relax and enjoy the scenery around you. All Mad River Whitewater runs are accompanied by professional, experienced, and highly trained guides.

3. Dave Hansen Whitewater

Thrill-seekers of all ages will love taking one of two whitewater trips with Dave Hansen Whitewater. On the 8-mile trip, you’ll enjoy stunning canyon scenery, calm stretches, and fun rapids, including the two biggest waves on the river, both of which were named by Dave Hansen himself! Or, take on the 16-mile trip, where you’ll paddle for 8 scenic miles, take a short break, then dig in for 8 more miles of whitewater. Both sections of the river are home to spectacular wildlife including deer, otters, moose or elk, eagles, and osprey. Finish your adventure with a deli lunch alongside the Snake River and you’ve just made some incredible memories in Jackson Hole!

4. Sands Whitewater Trips

With over 50 years of experience in Jackson Hole, Sands Whitewater provides guests with an incredible experience every time. They offer 8-mile adventures down the Snake River where a professional guide will lead you on a 3.5-hour journey and will also give you thorough safety and paddle instructions before heading out. As one of the largest rafting companies in the area, Sands has taken thousands of people safely down the Snake River – including the President and Vice President of the United States – so you know you’ll be in great hands!

Paddle Back to the Bentwood Inn

Before you begin planning your Snake River white water rafting adventure, be sure to book your stay at the Bentwood InnOur beautiful rooms and suites are the perfect place to kick your feet up and unwind after a day on the water. Plus, our incredible concierge service can assist you with awesome activity reservations and recommendations, so you can have the most exciting and memorable trip possible. We can’t wait to hear about how you take on the rapids!

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