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The Best Place to Go White Water Rafting in Jackson Hole

Whitewater rafting is a time-honored summer tradition. Wondering where to go in Jackson Hole? Here’s a fun breakdown of rivers and rafting types.

Snake River

The gorgeous and pristine Snake River originates in Wyoming, north of Jackson Hole, flowing through the state and past Alpine until it meets up with the Greys and Salt Rivers at the border of Idaho. Much of the river exists in a canyon, with towering walls and wildlife that is unique to this ecosystem.

In other words, it’s an absolutely perfect location for rafting. With tumbling rapids and serene expanses of beach, not to mention glimpses of nature beyond the canyon, it’s a nonstop photo op.

If you’re the type that wants to pack in every last thrill, you can take small boats for a bumpier ride. Or, for a more sedate whitewater experience (perfect for kiddos), local tour companies such as Mad River Boat trips also offer larger boats.

Nearby Rivers

Though they aren’t as accessible to Jackson Hole, there are several other rivers that flow nearby. If you’re planning a trip to the area, these are within fairly reasonable driving distance as well:

  • Yellowstone River
  • Greys River
  • Gros Ventre
  • Salt River

Rafting junkie? We definitely suggest you plan a trip on the Snake River and then add on one of these as a more extended day trip, or during another leg of your trip!

Scenic Floats

Though they’re not as rollicking as whitewater rafting, scenic floats can also provide a lovely and immersive natural experience. These are especially good choices if there are younger children or seniors in your party, who will appreciate the loveliness of the backcountry without the potentially overwhelming thrills of whitewater. Check out scenic options from Mad River Boat Trips and Scenic Safaris today!

Whether you choose the adrenaline-pumping adventure of whitewater rafting or the more relaxed experience of a scenic float, there’s no better location than Jackson Hole. Don’t miss your opportunity – book today before it’s too late!