White Water Rafting in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole: Paradise for Outdoor Adventures

The breathtaking valley of Jackson Hole is located in the western part of Wyoming, neighboring the beautiful Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. This destination is filled with grassy meadows and crystal clear lakes running through vast mountains, making it a near-perfect picturesque haven for nature lovers and outdoorsmen (and women!) alike. Jackson Hole is full of year-round activity. It provides the perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding in the winter months. But when the sun peeks over the valley in the spring and summer, gear up for an incredible adventure of fly fishing, horseback riding, and best of all, white water rafting!

Overview of White Water Rafting

Calling all thrill seekers and water sport enthusiasts to the waters of Wyoming. White water rafting provides an adrenaline-pumping experience as you make your way through the rapids in an inflatable boat all while surrounded by incredible scenery. This sport includes concentration, teamwork, and lots of fun. There is a reason people love white water rafting and come back to do it again every year. It can be fun for all ages depending on the different types of rapids you want to explore.

Rafting Trips for Everyone

There are three categories of rapids that you can choose from when you decide to adventure down the water. These categories are referred to as “classes” all based on the International Scale of River Difficulty, or the “IRF Scale”. The classes range from Class I, the easiest and safest rapids to float down, to Class VI, the most extreme and dangerous rapids.

Choosing the Right Rafting Trip

Rafting in Jackson Hole is something you do not want to miss. You will be floating down the famous Snake River, surrounded by wildlife, canyons, and views for miles at every turn. From scenic river floats to Class III rapids, our top choices below offer options for every type of adventurer.

Mad River Boat Trips

All rafting options at Mad River Boat Trips travel 8 miles on Snake River, with 8 sets of fun-filled rapids ranging between Class I-III. This means you will get the best of both worlds, floating down scenic patches of the river taking in the nature around you, as well as experiencing each Class II and III rapid, including the “Big Kahuna”. There are two different types of boats to choose from Mad River Boat Trips depending on the thrill-seeking level you would like.

  • Classic Boats: For first-time rafters or families with children 6 years and up and over 50 lbs., the classic boat is the way to go. This raft holds up to 16 passengers with both paddling and non-paddling positions offered in the raft. You will be paired with the most experienced guides to navigate the waters, keep you safe, and share their knowledge of the area over the course of the 3.5-hour journey.
  • Small Boats: This raft, smaller in size compared to the classic boat, is a great option for thrill-seekers. With the same age and weight restrictions as the classic, this boat offers 6 paddling and 2 non-paddling positions. Get ready to hold on and be in the splash zone!

Group Rafting Trips
If you are looking for an adventure filled activity to spice up a fun trip and make memories with loved ones around you, look no further. This might be a great fit if you are looking for a unique way to celebrate a special event like a bachelor or bachelorette party, wedding, or family reunion. Mad River offers great group rafting trips! Make sure to contact them with details to start planning your trip.

Know Before You Go: White Water Rafting

What to Wear
You are going to want to dress in layers and make sure to wear a bathing suit as getting wet is almost a guarantee. Bring shoes that are secure on your feet, that you don’t mind getting wet as well, and avoid wearing flip-flops. Pack a towel for after the trip to help dry off and possibly a change of clothes to have after the day on the water. Wetsuits, jackets, and booties are all available to rent at the rafting center. Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat!

Safety Tips:

  • The rafting center will provide helmets and personal flotation devices so make sure you listen to instructions and use them properly.
  • Arrive early! Transportation is provided from the end of the journey back to the start, so make sure to stay with the group and be on time for check-in.
  • There will be a professional guide with you on the trip that will provide safety instructions, what to do when you are going through the rapids and specific signals that you will use during your trip. Be sure to pay attention for a safe and fun adventure!
  • For more information and frequently asked questions, visit this page.

Where to Stay: Togwotee Mountain Lodge

After your adventure-filled day exploring Snake River, Togwotee Mountain Lodge is the perfect place to relax and enjoy some downtime. You can choose from a room in the lodge or have a more private stay in a cabin on the property. Each cabin comes with a living room, bathroom, and kitchenette, perfect for a true escape into nature. Cozy up and make dinner for one, or the whole family, or sit back and enjoy a delicious western-style meal at the Grizzly Grill.

Exploring Jackson Hole Outdoor Adventures

While you are making your vacation plans to venture out to Wyoming for some fun on the water, make sure you check out the many other activities that Jackson Hole has to offer. With the blue skies out and summer breeze in the air, horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and disc golf are just a few of the ways to fill up your days! Make sure to book in advance to secure the best trip.

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