No vacation to Jackson Hole would be complete without a Snake River rafting trip on the wild water of the Snake. Jackson Hole has been attracting adventure travelers for over six decades. Come join us on an exciting journey through the wild rapids of the Snake River.
For your whitewater raft, you can choose the classic raft, with the option to sit in the middle of the raft, or choose the small boat, which has no middle seat giving everybody an opportunity to paddle.
Breakfast in Jackson, WY
This high energy trip starts with a robust breakfast before you start on your voyage down the Snake River. Breakfast is served at:
- 9 AM for trips from June 22 through August 15
- 8 AM for trips from July 1 to August 9
Breakfast includes croissants, cereals, fresh fruits, coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice. With an early start, it allows time for additional activities in the afternoon. Many people choose to take this morning trip and then head over to Grand Teton National Park in the afternoon.
Experienced Snake River Guides
Your experienced Jackson Hole river guides will help you navigate the wild whitewater of the Snake River. Jackson Hole is a magnificent place in the summer. Let our Jackson Hole river guides take you on a trip down the Snake River!
Classic Raft: Adults $87, Youth (ages 6-12) $70
Small Boat Raft: Adults $93, Youth (ages 6-12) $93
Whitewater rafting in Jackson Hole Wyoming is at the top of many people’s bucket list, therefore Snake River tours get booked very quickly in the summer months. To save disappointment, please book as early as you can to ensure we can accommodate you.
Fun Recreation on the Snake River
Whitewater rafting on the Snake River in Jackson Hole is a fun recreational activity that uses a large inflatable raft to travel down the river. Whitewater rafting has a variety of difficulty levels, depending on the different (water speed and velocity) of rough water. The Jackson Hole Snake River is generally considered to have class 3 rapids, where on a scale of 1-5, five is the most intense.
History of Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater rafting is considered an adventure sport and became popular in the 1950’s. Of course, explorers from the 1700-1800’s were actually the first to take on the challenge in wooden boats.
The actual history of Snake River rafting goes back to 1811 when the first recorded attempt to take on the Snake River was planned. At that time, no one had training, proper equipment or experience and the river was just too difficult and dangerous to navigate. It was during this time that the Snake River was given the nickname “Mad River”. Then, on June 9, 1940 Clyde Smith was able to successfully navigate through the Snake River canyon.
Rafting the most challenging rivers in the United States is considered an extreme sport and can be very dangerous. However, the Snake River waters are considered exciting but relatively safe if you are under the care of an experienced Snake River guide.
Whitewater rafting equipment has evolved since World War II when heavy rubber surplus rafts were used. Today’s whitewater rafts are made of lighter materials such as nylon or kevlar and are often times infused with plastics like PVC or urethane.
Whitewater rafting paddles and oars are the standard means of propulsion for the rafts, and they come in many varieties and sizes to meet the river conditions that you may encounter. Whitewater rafting paddles are typically made of a combination of wood, plastic, aluminum or carbon fiber.
The whitewater paddle itself is constructed of a single blade, T-grip and shaft. Whitewater paddles used in shallower waters are typically shorter because large rocks could damage longer paddles. Our paddles are a little bit on the shorter side as well because it makes it a more enjoyable. The process of using the paddles in a raft is known as paddling or paddle guiding.
Snake River rafting Jackson Hole is an amazing family experience that will offer you lifelong memories. Book your Jackson Hole river rafting trip today.
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