Beginner's Guide to a Scenic River Float in Jackson Hole

Everyone loves a good float down the river. Sun, surf (river surf is totally a thing, right?) and sand all combine to make for the perfect gentle rafting trip.

Planning the trip might not feel so perfect, though. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s our quick guide on where to experience a scenic river float near Jackson Hole, what to bring, and what to expect from your tour. Let’s get started!

Where to Go

If you’re in the Jackson Hole area to experience Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks (or better yet, both), there are several available rafting trips. Consider the Snake River Float and Sunset Wildlife Tour, which is a guided tour of the Snake River Canyon, running through Grand Teton. Full of gorgeous vistas, it only gets better come sunset.

Other options include Mad River Boat Trips, which offer beautiful scenic floats, ideal for the younger crowds and the venerable among us. They’re available at morning or midday and are perfect for friends and families.

What to Expect

Floats usually take around 3-4 hours, though some are shorter. Note that even on an afternoon float, the sun will likely be beating down pretty hard, since this area of the world is known for being sunny. Make sure you wear sunblock.

You can also expect a stop or two along the way for snacks. Check with the tour provider ahead of time to make sure what food is provided so you don’t end up too hungry.

What to Bring

To make your float a success, Outdoor Project recommends you bring sun gear, shades, water, dry bags for important gear like cameras and cell phones, waterproof cameras (if you have one) and clothing that can get VERY wet, as well as dry clothing for the end of the trip. If you’re planning your own float rather than relying on guides, make sure to also bring a map and a first aid kit.

And that’s it! Don’t hesitate to plan your trip today – they fill up fast! Other than that, the only thing to do is say Bon voyage!