We are a small family run business and welcome you to Jackson Hole!
The Tibbitts family continues to own and operate this local river rafting company. 2023 marks our 60th year!
“As we move into our sixth decade, we’re more than ever dedicated to our core principles: close attention to detail, insistence on quality and safety, belief in the wonder of what we offer, and a firm grounding in the reality of the rafting trips we are privileged to share with our clients. These principles have served our clients, our staff and our family well. They won’t change.”
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Join us for White Water rafting and Scenic Float Trips on the Snake River
with Jackson Hole’s premier river outfitter, bringing experience, safety and
enthusiasm to the Snake River for 60 years.
Barker-Ewing Whitewater was the brainchild of longtime Snake River guide Frank Ewing, who partnered with the Barker family to open the business in 1963. David Tibbitts is now the proud owner. David and family have owned Jackson Hole Whitewater for 38 years running commercial trips down the Snake River in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Jeff Tibbitts is the youngest son running the business. We proudly retain our small company feel.
We are one of the last family owned permitted Jackson Hole Whitewater rafting outfits, and we retain our commitment to small trips and unparalleled personal service. Our custom manufactured rafts are roomy and comfortable, and we follow a relaxed pace. Our emphasis on customer service safety is an important part of our team!
Our safety record is outstanding, and we are the only Jackson Hole rafting company with exclusive access to the historic Snake River Ranch (available on our Teton Views Scenic Float Trip). We prepare excellent fresh meals in our commercial kitchen and serve them at one of our private camps along the Snake River.
The heart of what we do is, of course, our variety of river trips. Whether you prefer exhilarating Jackson Hole whitewater trips or scenic Snake River float trips, we have numerous options for you to consider. In fact, you can even have the best of both worlds with our day-long combo trip. Safety is our priority.
For even more fun, consider one of our activity packages that combines a whitewater trip or scenic float with another local activity. Options include wildlife viewing in Grand Teton Park, an afternoon of excitement at Snow King Mountain. We also recommend such additional adventures as horseback riding, biking, and hiking with our local partners and friends.
At Barker-Ewing, we are all about creating memories to last for a lifetime. If you’re planning a big event, such as a family reunion, a youth group trip, or even a wedding, ask us about our group trips! We offer group discounts, as well as a few extras. Give us a call to learn how we can help.
If you are new to our area, or to river trips in general, you likely have a million questions. Check out the Adventure Handbook section of our site for advice on everything from what to wear to what to expect from the trip.
If you’re ready for the Jackson Hole rafting adventure of a lifetime, call us today at (800) 448-4202 to book your spot.
Barker-Ewing Whitewater and it’s entire crew are looking forward to meeting you so you can join our satisfied customers list. If you had fun please leave a review as a future guide to all who are seeking some outdoor excitement and fun.
What a blast we had with Kyle our river guide! The weather was perfect and the water was chilly. I would highly recommend a wet suit jacket to keep your upper body warm and a pair of booties for your feet. I believe it’s $5 extra. Kyle was excellent and he knew the river and scenery. Besides the rapids we also saw several different wildlife species….Eagles, otters, etc…. We did not feel like we were going to fall out of the raft at all even when going through the two large rapids. No one on our raft got dumped in the river, only by choice when Kyle offered all of us a free swim.
I will say the bus driver (Dan) was somewhat sketch and almost ran a stop sign on the drive back. I greeted him with a “good morning sir” and he jumped all over me and said do not call me sir. Besides him everything else was great! Barker -Ewing highly recommend.
Whenever I’m at the National Parks, if there is a scenic float to be had, I’m on it!! Our trip to Glacier was awesome even though the last days were filled with smoke and fires from local thunderstorms. However, this did not prevent Baker-Ewing from ensuring we had an incredible experience. They were professional, fun, informative and great cooks….yes, I said cooks. We had the scenic river float and then heading back to the camp for a ‘mighty fine meal, ma’am.’ Honestly, we absolutely will not go wrong with booking this trip. Enjoy — we did.
Excellent time, guide was very knowledgeable (Collin) and we had a great time. He provided a lot of information on wildlife, history and a good sense of humor. He let us do some surfing with the boat at the end, which was really fun. The directions and booking process was very easy. They had some showers and restrooms we were able to use after the trip. Hotshots photo company was set up along river and took some nice action shots, that we purchased after trip
My family went whitewater rafting last July with Barker-Ewing. Our group of 8, ages 11 through 68, enjoyed our trip immensely! Our guide was very competent and showed us all a great time. Our grandsons liked “riding the bull” and paddling the big rapids! Highly recommend this company.
Large inflatables accommodating right and a guide steering the way down Snake River for a picnic meal in secluded spot. Nice guys pointing out features on the way. Low in September so some snaking needed to find the best route. No whitewater and it’s only 4 feet deep, much less on some places. No need to fear anything. Recommended way to spot wildlife including bald eagles.
Last minute decision to do a scenic raft tour on our last day of a week long trip and really glad we did! Everyone was super friendly and knowledgeable! Babs our driver was so sweet! Fletch our raft guide was funny and very knowledgeable about the river and the animals! Would not hesitate to do it again!! Thanks to everyone from office staff to river guides, you should all be very proud of yourselves for bringing smiles to the faces you serve!!
I had researched Float trips before my husband and i visited Grand Teton NP in September, 2018. Barker-Ewing stood out because of its decades long history. Jed was our guide for eleven of us in a sturdy float. He efficiently and safely guided it down the sparkling, and sometimes “bubbly” (Jed’s description) water of the Snake River. He was competent and knowledgeable answering our questions. Although we did not see large animals, Jed pointed out two different eagles who were surveying their territory. This trip is entirely in the GTNP, so we were blessed with seeing the mountains from different angles and different light. This was an awesome experience, one we will always remember.
Our job is to minimize the risk while showing you a great time on the Snake River. All of our guides undergo rigorous training before handling their own boat on a river trip. This includes a week-long, intensive guide school, out of which we hand-pick only the best guides, a minimum of twenty shadows with an experienced guide and a two day whitewater rescue.
• Bathing suit or quick drying shorts and a t-shirt
• Water shoes or sneakers – NO flip flops or crocs
• Splash jackets included – wetsuits and booties available for rent
Whatever you’re comfortable in! Wear layers in the morning as it tends to be chilly.
Bring whatever you’d like (change of clothes, snacks & water, towels, etc.) and USE YOUR BUS SEAT AS A LOCKER! Your bus driver will stay with the bus the whole time you’re on the river
Bring your camera on this stretch of river! We usually see lots of wildlife like bald eagles and hopefully some big game.
Dress in layers, it’s usually pretty nice on the river, but it is the mountains and we can have an occasional storm pop up.
Lunch is provided on our 7 mile Lunch float, so feel free to bring snacks on the other floats.
Barker-Ewing River Trips is Jackson Hole’s #1 choice for summer fun and adventure! Our family owned and operated Snake River whitewater rafting and scenic float company believes that our professional guides, 5-star river trips, gourmet meals, unparalleled customer service and outstanding safety record sets us apart from the rest. We consider it our privilege to share with you, our guests, the wonder of what we do! Let us help you create the trip of a lifetime today!
945 W Broadway
Toll Free 800-448-4202 | Local 307-733-1000