What Are the Best Places to Go White Water Rafting in Jackson Hole?

Do you love jumping in cold water on a hot afternoon? How about the rush of adrenaline as you paddle down a scenic river? If you answered yes, we have the perfect activity for you. Spend your summer (or fall!) vacation white water rafting in Jackson Hole! This is the ultimate outdoor adventure for you and your family and provides both fun, refreshment, and gorgeous views. Read on to discover our favorite local white water rafting spots and start planning your trip to Bentwood Inn.

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Here’s How to Plan the Best White Water Rafting Adventure in Jackson Hole

Head to the Snake River

The Snake River is the best place for white water rafting in Jackson Hole. This gorgeous river flows for more than 1,000 miles through Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, and even Washington and provides a fantastic playground for water lovers. The section we recommend goes through Grand Teton National Park and offers a unique way to discover the park. 

Choose an Operator


Barker-Ewing is one of the best companies for white water rafting adventures and has been since 1963! This small, family-owned business offers 8-mile rafting trips from May to October, which last three to four hours. You’ll love the spacious rafts and custom experience Barker-Ewing provides. One thing is for sure: you won’t forget this adventure any time soon!

Jackson Hole Whitewater

If you want to try white water rafting and enjoy other water activities during your trip, then Jackson Hole Whitewater is the perfect company for you. They offer several adventures including scenic floats and group trips for you and your loved ones. We highly recommend checking out their packages to see what deals they offer.

Dave Hansen White Water and Scenic River Trips

Dave Hansen White Water and Scenic River Trips is another great company here in Jackson Hole. Enjoy a fun whitewater rafting trip that includes canyon scenery, fun rapids, and calm oasis. Adrenaline seekers will be glad to experience two of the biggest waves on the Snake River: Big Kahuna and Luncounter! Don’t worry your guide will be there to teach you how to sit, paddle, and stroke through your ride.

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!

Mad River White Water 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.

Come Home and Rest at Bentwood Inn

Bentwood Inn BedroomAfter spending the day out on the river, you’ll want to come home and rest in one of Jackson Hole’s top B&Bs. Bentwood Inn welcomes you for a soothing retreat in nature. Here, you can breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy an epic vacation complete with splendid amenities and high-end services. Browse our selection of accommodations today and choose the one you prefer! We can’t wait to welcome you to Jackson Hole.

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