Visiting Jackson Hole soon (and hopefully staying at an Outpost vacation rental)? If you’re looking for a family-friendly, adrenaline-pumping adventure during your visit to Jackson Hole, white water rafting on the Snake River is a must-do activity. This thrilling excursion takes you through the Snake River Canyon, offering stunning scenery and an unforgettable experience. Here’s what you can expect when you embark on a white water rafting trip.
Booking Your Trip
The first step to white water rafting in Jackson Hole is choosing a reputable tour company. Several outfitters in the area offer guided rafting tours, ranging from half-day trips to multi-day expeditions. At Outpost, we recommend our friends at Dave Hansen Whitewater, who have provided high-quality rafting experiences on the Snake River for over 50 years.
Preparing for Your Trip
Before hitting the water, you’ll need to prepare for your white water rafting adventure. Wear appropriate clothing that can get wet, such as swimwear or quick-drying shirts and shorts. Water shoes are a must! Chacos and Tevas are our personal favorites. The tour company will provide you with a life jacket and helmet, as well as any necessary safety gear. Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle!
Navigating the River
Once you’re geared up and ready to go, your rafting guide will lead you down the Snake River. The river offers varying levels of rapids, from Class I to Class IV, depending on the section of the river you’re rafting. The biggest rapids on the Snake are the Big Kahuna and Lunch Counter which are Class III and Class IV, and offer quite a thrill for all rafters. Your guide will navigate the rapids and provide instructions on when to paddle, when to hold on, and how to stay safe on the river. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to take in the scenery and wildlife along the way!
Enjoying the Scenery
One of the highlights of white water rafting in Jackson Hole is the stunning scenery you’ll encounter. The Snake River winds its way through the Snake River Canyon, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and wildlife. Keep an eye out for moose, otters, bald eagles, and other animals that call the area home. Don’t forget a dry bag or waterproof bag for your phone!
Wrapping Up Your Trip
At the end of your white water rafting adventure, you’ll return to shore and be transported by bus back to your starting point. Depending on the tour company, you may also have the option to purchase photos or videos of your trip as a memento!
White water rafting in Jackson Hole is an unforgettable experience that combines adventure, excitement, and natural beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned rafter or a first-timer, the Snake River offers something for everyone, even scenic floats! Book your tour today and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.