The Snake River is one of the largest rivers in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, flowing through no less than six states. It is the largest tributary of the Columbia River, and more importantly for thrill seekers, it also causes some fantastic whitewater rapids, as well as calm sections of the river with breathtaking views and dense banks of wildlife. The Snake River rises in Wyoming, and the stretches of the Snake River around Jackson Hole are especially good for an exciting rafting trip. It is also here that the majestic peaks of the Teton Range create an impressive backdrop beyond the meandering river channel.
Of course, one of the best ways to explore Wyoming’s vast wilderness is by boat. While you may have tried to stay afloat, those moments of blissful calm seem to encourage you to appreciate more of the natural power and beauty of this corner of America. The Snake River rafting trip from Jackson Hole is extensive. Here are three of the best, considering the health and safety, the value for money, and the reviews written by those who have rafted down the river before.
8 Mile Classic White Water Rafting Trip
Starting Price: $86/person
If you’re looking for the most exciting part of the Snake River, there’s a series of Class I to Class III rapids at mile 8 near Jackson-Hall. This whitewater rafting trip is run by a well-loved company. Mad River Rafting. This trip offers the thrill of rafting without the need for experience or a high level of skill. Between rapids like Big Kahuna and Gauging Straights, there may be some calmer rapids where you can see wildlife like otters, ospreys and bald eagles before the next one. Safety gear and transportation are included, but some gear, such as wetsuits, are optional extras.
Scenic rafting with views of the Teton River
From RMB 85 per person
Fortunately, part of the charm of the Snake River around Jackson Hole is that there are waters for everyone, including those who enjoy the tranquility of being on the water. After all, the views around are quite impressive, with the jagged peaks of the Tetons in the distance and plenty of opportunities to see wildlife up close. Along the way, you can see moose, river otters, pelicans, and plenty of other birdlife. In fact, bring your own binoculars if you have them. This 13-mile rafting route takes about 3 hours in total, plenty of time to get a feel for the great outdoors, and there’s very little chance of rain.
21-mile Snake River Scenic Area and Whitewater Combo Rafting Tour
The best of both worlds can also be achieved. Combine the two previous tours into one complete experience. This rafting trip is especially cost effective for anyone who wants to stay on the water longer, as it also includes lunch. As with other tours, the starting and ending points are in Jackson, and transportation is provided. Weather permitting, the scenic tour takes place first, and the final 8 miles of the river are a thrilling experience with a series of rapids, up to Class III.