Staying Healthy on Your Jackson Hole Vacation

grand teton mountains over jackson hole, wyoming

You’re all ready for your Jackson Hole vacation—your hotel is booked, your itinerary is set, and you’ve packed everything you need for an epic getaway. You might be certain that you’ve thought of everything, until you arrive in Wyoming and feel absolutely miserable. Is it the flu? A stomach bug? It’s likely altitude sickness, but there are some steps you can take to limit its effects so you can still enjoy your trip.

What Causes Altitude Sickness in Jackson Hole

The altitude on the valley floor in the Jackson Hole area is 6,300 feet above sea level, which most people have no trouble adapting to. That said, if you have pre-existing conditions involving your heart or lungs, you may experience altitude sickness. Where most people have trouble is in areas with higher altitudes—visiting mountains for climbing or skiing or even Yellowstone National Park, which is on a plateau that is higher than the elevation in Jackson Hole.

Altitude sickness occurs when you have trouble adjusting to the lower oxygen pressure at higher altitudes. For most people, altitude sickness develops anywhere from 6 to 24 hours after reaching a higher altitude than they’re used to and it typically subsides within 3 days.

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness

When you have altitude sickness, you might feel as if you have a hangover. You’ll experience nausea, fatigue, and headaches. Because of the lower levels of oxygen available at higher altitudes, you may also have some shortness of breath. These symptoms are worse the higher your elevation and the more you exert yourself. 

If you’ve suffered altitude sickness in the past or you’ve never been to a higher altitude area and aren’t sure how your body will react, don’t plan on going to the mountains until at least a day after you’ve landed in Jackson Hole. This will give your body some time to adjust. During this time, plan on some activities in the valley, like a Snake River scenic float trip

How to Prevent and Treat Altitude Sickness

For most visitors, altitude sickness isn’t serious and doesn’t have any negative impact on their Jackson Hole vacation, but it does have the potential to be serious. Here are some precautions to take to protect yourself:

  • Stay hydrated. Bring a bottle of water with you wherever you go and sip from it throughout the day.
  • Don’t drink alcohol until you’ve adapted to the altitude. Alcohol can exacerbate your altitude sickness symptoms, making you feel worse. 
  • Allow your body to acclimate to higher elevations. Don’t climb a mountain the day you arrive in Jackson Hole. Let your body slowly adapt; avoid too much physical activity and high elevations for the first day or two of your vacation.

If you follow these steps and your altitude sickness doesn’t go away after a few days or if your symptoms are severe, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. The symptoms of altitude sickness are symptoms you can experience with a number of other health issues, so it’s a good idea to get checked out to make sure nothing more serious is going on.

Learn More About Jackson Hole Vacations

If you’d like to book a whitewater rafting trip or scenic float trip in Jackson Hole, contact us today at 307-733-1000.

What’s the Best Time of Year for Whitewater Rafting in Jackson Hole?

Are you ready to challenge your sense of adventure? Try a whitewater rafting trip on the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The river twists and turns over and around rocks alongside lush forests with views of the Grand Teton Mountains in the background. Whitewater rafters come from all over the US and Canada to experience the Snake River. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or you’re just looking to float along and enjoy the scenery, there are trips designed for everyone. 

When should you plan your whitewater rafting trip? The best time of year to make the trip depends on what you’re hoping to get from your experience. The river ebbs and flows based on the time of year and the weather. A high river will give you a very different experience than a low river. Here’s what to consider when it comes to choosing a date for your trip.

Seeking a Thrill? Spring and Early Summer is your Season

If you want a challenging, exciting whitewater rafting experience, plan your trip in the spring. As the snow melts off the mountains, the river runs high and fast. This leads to plenty of white water and rapids. On a scale of I to V, the Snake River is classified as a III in terms of the size and severity of the rapids. With extremely high waters the rapids could exceed a III at times. 

After heavy or extended periods of rain the river also runs high, so if you’re planning a summer trip and you still want to experience plenty of rapids, just watch the weather for the best time to go. High waters also move faster, making your trip down the river much shorter, yet action packed. 

Looking to Relax? Summer and Early Fall is your Season

As the summer season progresses, temperatures rise and the weather dries out, making the river low and slow in some places. Scenic float trips are designed for those who prefer to float along the river and enjoy the view. Mid to late summer and early fall is the best time for a more relaxing trip on the Snake River. This trip may allow you to snap some photos of the scenery and wildlife along the way. 

The lower the river, the longer your trip down the river will take. You’ll have more time on the river to enjoy the views and may have an easier time spotting wildlife along the banks as you float, rather than rush, along. 

Plan Your Whitewater Rafting Trip Today

No matter when you go, a whitewater rafting trip and scenic float on the Snake River is a wonderful experience. There are parts of the river that always have rapids and parts of the river that are calm. Barker-Ewing Whitewater offers a variety of excursions to help you get the most out of your rafting trip. The season runs from May 3 to October 10 with 2 types of trips to choose from:

  • 8 Mile Whitewater Rafting. Tackle class III rapids along this 3.5 to 4 hour excursion that includes the famous Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna rapids. 
  • Snake River Ranch Scenic Float and Whitewater Combo. Get two trips in one with this combo package that includes a scenic river float and then a whitewater excursion. 

Spend a half day or a whole day on the river with either of these trip packages. Whenever you decide to go, the river, woods, and mountains are a beautiful sight. 

Book your trip now or call (307) 733-1000. Take a break from the summer heat and get out on the cool waters of the Snake River in Jackson Hole, WY.

What to Pack for Your Jackson Hole Stay

Jackson Hole has many fun activities to offer travelers, including camping, whitewater rafting, scenic float trips, and hiking. However, preparing for your time in the great outdoors can be a daunting process. The gear and clothing you bring along on your trip are key to making sure your experience is an enjoyable one. Here are some tips on the best things to pack before starting your Jackson Hole adventure.


  • Shirts: Do not bring cotton clothing during your trip as it takes in moisture, leaving you cold and wet. Take water-resistant clothing made of nylon or neoprene.
  • Pants and Shorts: Water resistance matters just as much with your pants and shorts. Having a light pair of shorts for the day and warm, comfortable pants at night will keep you prepared for any kind of weather. Bring along a swimsuit for swimming and rafting!
  • Jackets: You may encounter rainstorms during your stay, so bring a wind-proof and waterproof jacket with a hood. Temperatures can drop quickly so take a fleece jacket to make sure you stay warm.
  • Socks: High-quality socks will keep your feet dry and snug when hiking and prevent injury.
  • Shoes: There are two kinds of shoes you need to take on your journey. Water shoes will prevent slipping during rafting and watersports. And a good pair of hiking boots will make any trail comfortable to traverse.
  • Sunwear: Polarized sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat can keep you safe from the heat and sunburns.


  • Bag: A light backpack will help you store all of your gear while being portable and easy on your shoulders. 
  • Lights: Flashlights and headlamps are essential when hiking or exploring landmarks, while lanterns will keep your campsite bright.
  • Water Bottle: It is important to stay hydrated when in warm weather or while you are exercising outdoors. A quality water bottle will keep your drinks cold for long periods.
  • Binoculars: With many mountain peaks, scenic views, and wildlife, a good pair of binoculars will make sure you don’t miss a special moment.
  • First aid kit: A well-stocked first aid kit is great for handling any scrapes you receive while hiking or out in the water.
  • Insect Repellent: Keep bugs away with DEET or oil-based repellents.

Personal Items

  • Snacks: Portable, non-perishable treats like trail mix or protein bars will help keep your energy up in between meals.
  • Bear mace: Jackson Hole is in bear country, so it is prudent to bring mace along for safety. If you cannot bring any mace with you, purchase a canister from a trusted retailer in Jackson Hole when you arrive.
  • Sunscreen: Sunburn can be a real issue in a dry, sunny climate. High SPF, waterproof sunblock will protect you and your loved ones no matter what activity you are doing. Be sure to reapply a new layer according to the instructions on the bottle.

Make Your Time in Jackson Hole Special

With several white water rafting and scenic float trip packages available, Barker Ewing will help make your stay a memorable one. We have the experience, safety measures, and enthusiasm that establish us as the premier rafting company in Jackson Hole. Contact us at 307-733-1000 to schedule your next Wyoming adventure!

Whitewater Rafting During Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

If you’re looking for outdoor activities that can be done safely even in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, whitewater rafting fits the bill. At Barker-Ewing, we’re taking all of the necessary precautions to keep our guests safe, so you can feel confident when making your reservations. Here are some things to keep in mind when booking your whitewater rafting trip in the time of COVID.

Outdoor COVID-19 Transmission Is Rare

First, you should know that any open-air activity presents a very low risk for COVID-19 transmission. While the early days of the pandemic saw people being shamed on social media for going to the beach and picnicking in parks, we now know that these are low-to-moderate risk activities, with the highest risk outdoors being large crowds of people. 

Because COVID-19 is primarily spread by respiratory droplets, the constant flow of fresh air disperses the droplets and reduces the likelihood of infection. Unless you’re having a one-on-one conversation at close range with someone who is infected with COVID-19, your chances of getting infected outdoors are slim.

Wearing a Mask Further Reduces Your Risk

Being outdoors lowers your risk of getting the coronavirus by itself, but your risk can be lowered even more by wearing a mask. Although the intention of cloth face masks was initially to protect others from being infected by the wearer’s respiratory droplets, new research shows that face masks also offer protection to the wearer. When everyone wears a face mask and you’re in an outdoor location, the risk of transmitting or contracting COVID-19 is extremely small.

Whitewater Rafting Is Perfect for Small Groups

We understand that even being outdoors and wearing masks, some of our guests may be uncomfortable sharing a boat with people they don’t know. In these circumstances, consider our small paddle boat raft option. These rafts accommodate 8 people, so they’re ideal for small groups and families. Or consider a private raft option. Bring your COVID pod out for an exciting river adventure!

We Take Social Distancing Seriously

Our entire team has been briefed on state and federal guidelines and we have COVID-19 protocols in place to protect our staff and our guests. Equipment is disinfected after each trip with a cleaning agent that is EPA-rated for killing the coronavirus; whenever we are not on the boat, we ask guests to leave six feet of distance between themselves and others. 

As research on the coronavirus advances, so too do recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and local health officials. We stay up-to-date on the latest guidelines in order to continue to provide a safe, fun activity for Jackson Hole visitors and residents.

Learn More About Whitewater Rafting During Coronavirus

If you have concerns about the safety of whitewater rafting during the coronavirus pandemic, we encourage you to talk to your physician, especially if you have underlying health conditions that put you at high risk. While our team cannot provide you with medical advice, we are happy to answer any questions you have about the precautions we’re taking to keep all of our guests safe during our whitewater rafting excursions. Contact us at 307-733-1000 or book a trip on our website.

Top 10 Best Places to Go Whitewater Rafting in the USA

Our guides at Barker Ewing are seasoned whitewater rafting enthusiasts. Ask us about the best destinations for rafting in the United States and we’ll all have different opinions to share, but these 10 consistently rank at the top of our lists.

1. Snake River (Wyoming)

Naturally, our number one choice is the Snake River. Where else can you enjoy the exhilaration of whitewater rafting while also taking in some of the most stunning scenery in the United States? Forests, mountains, and a variety of wildlife make whitewater rafting on the Snake River a must for visitors to Jackson Hole.

2. Colorado River (Arizona)

The Colorado River runs through the Grand Canyon, making it another excellent choice for whitewater rafters who appreciate having some scenic views to go along with their rafting trip. The Colorado River has rapids suitable for beginners all the way to experts.

3. Gauley River (West Virginia)

West Virginia’s Gauley River is one not to miss if you’re an experienced whitewater rafter. Its stretch of Class V+ rapids is one of the most difficult in the country. Gauley River is the heart of East Coast rafting culture and a destination for rafters from around the world.

4. Salmon River (Idaho)

The Western United States is home to many well-known whitewater rafting destinations and Salmon River is yet another to add to the list. In addition to the rafting, the Salmon River area is a great destination for its natural hot springs and campsites.

5. Kennebec River (Maine)

While whitewater rafting opportunities aren’t quite as plentiful in the Northeast, Kennebec River in Maine is a local favorite that’s worth the trip if you’re in the area. There are Class III and Class IV rapids here, along with a dramatic drop known as Magic Falls.

6. Youghiogheny River (Pennsylvania)

We’re still not quite sure how to pronounce it, but this Pennsylvania river lies just south of Pittsburgh and it’s well-loved for its long season and rapids that suit just about every experience level.

7. Arkansas River (Colorado and Arkansas)

The Arkansas River flows through a glacial valley and gorges, allowing you to experience leisurely floats and thrilling rapids all in the same trip. Nearby towns have no shortage of restaurants and bars to enjoy when you’re not on the river, and also opportunities for hiking and biking in the Rockies.

8. Rogue River (Oregon)

The name says it all—Oregon’s Rogue River has some of the Pacific Northwest’s most challenging rapids, with Class V Rainie Falls being one of its best-known attractions for seasoned rafters. The river winds through pristine forested canyons for an experience that’s quite different than the whitewater rafting found further south.

9. Nenana River (Alaska)

If you enjoy whitewater rafting on the Snake River, you’ll also have a great time on the Nenana River in Alaska. It flows through Denali National Park and you’re likely to spot eagles, wild sheep, and other wildlife along its banks during your trip.

10. Chattooga River (Georgia)

The Chattooga River is perhaps the most popular rafting destination in the Southeast, with challenging Class V rapids in the spring when the mountain snows melt. The beauty of this river is undeniable and the surrounding area is full of outdoor adventures.

Book a Whitewater Rafting Trip on the Snake River

If you’re planning a visit to Jackson Hole, don’t miss whitewater rafting on the Snake River. Book your trip online or give us a call at 307-733-1000 to learn more.

Understanding the Whitewater Classification Scale

Even if you’re the type who’s always up for a challenge, it’s important not to get in over your head when you’re whitewater rafting. (If you get in over your head figuratively, you’re more likely to get in over your head literally when you’re out on the water!) Here’s what you should know about the whitewater classification scale before your whitewater rafting trip.

Whitewater Classification Scale: The Basics

Rivers are rated on a class scale that ranges from I to VI, with I being the calmest and VI being the most difficult to traverse. Here’s a brief description of each level.

Class I

Class I describes a river with little-to-no waves and a current that pulls the raft along at a calm, relaxing clip. If you’ve been on a scenic float tour, that’s about the same pace you can expect from Class I waters.

Class II

Class II waters are essentially easy rapids—waves may be up to three feet tall, but they’re easily spotted and channels are wide enough to discover without the need for scouting.

Class III

If you’re looking for a thrill without too much of a risk, Class III is for you. Sections of river that are Class III have waves that are up to four feet high and narrow passages. Expect to get wet!

Class IV

Now we’re onto the classes that require a bit more experience to navigate. Class IV has difficult rapids in addition to narrow passages. There’s turbulent water and the stretches of rapids are long.

Class V

Class V waters have large waves, complex rapids, and you can expect your raft to spin and twist as you make your way downriver.

Class VI

These are expert-level stretches of river that include extreme rapids that are essentially unrunnable and even the occasional waterfall. You won’t find any outfitters organizing trips here—they’re strictly for the most experienced daredevil adventurers.

It’s important to note that the whitewater classification scale is fluid. (No pun intended!) A long river may have sections that rate a Class I on the scale in flat valleys and others that are a Class VI near headwaters in more mountainous areas. Additionally, different times of year and different weather conditions may change the classification. After snow melts in the springtime and after large amounts of rainfall, a river may be a notch higher in the whitewater classification scale than under normal conditions.

Snake River Whitewater Classification

The stretch of Snake River used for Barker Ewing whitewater rafting trips is rated Class III. Some sections may be Class II and others a Class IV in times with a significant amount of run-off, but prior to your trip, we’ll alert you to current river conditions that you should be aware of.

With a Class III rating, you can expect a fun time out on the water—without the danger of a Class V or Class VI river. Class III is excellent for whitewater rafters of all ages and experience levels.

Book a Jackson Hole Scenic Float Trip

Contact us today at 307-733-1000 to learn more about our Snake River whitewater rafting trips or book online now to reserve a spot. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Jackson Hole!

Whitewater Rafting vs. Scenic Float Trip: Which Should I Choose?

Whitewater Rafting vs. Scenic Float Trip: Which Should I Choose?

Looking for outdoor recreation ideas for this summer? If you’re planning your summer vacation, one of the best ways to stay cool while enjoying a beautiful natural landscape is to spend some time on the water. Wyoming, especially Jackson Hole, has some amazing scenery (like The Grand Tetons) along the Snake River. Parts of the river are full of rapids for exciting whitewater rafting adventures, while other parts are calmer, allowing you to drift along lazily in the cool water while enjoying the beauty around you.

If both of these options sound nice, it may be hard to decide which option is right for you. Read on for more detailed descriptions of what each experience is like to help you decide which type of trip you would prefer.

White Water Rafting 

The Snake River in Jackson Hole, WY is one of the best places for white water rafting. With rapids ranging from class I to VI (with I being calm water and V being large rapids) you’ll experience an ideal mix of exciting rapids and calm waters to rest your arms.

White river rafting is a thrill-seeker’s dream. The boat will hit rapids like a brick wall, rise over the top and fall back down to the water like a roller coaster, and potentially even flip over. You will certainly get wet, it’s just a matter of how wet.

Even so, whitewater rafting is very safe. You’ll wear a helmet and a life jacket. Falling out of the boat is common and not a big deal.

Benefits of Whitewater Adventures

  • Fun and excitement. If you like adventure, you’re sure to like whitewater rafting. There is nothing boring about it. You’ll be kept busy paddling, experience the ride of your life, and all with an excellent view of the Grand Teton Mountains.
  • Family bonding. Family river rafting is quality time together that doesn’t involve a screen. Working as a team to paddle your raft is one of the best ways to bond with each other, even siblings who seem to never get along. Children as young as 6 years old can participate in rafting when the water level is low enough.
  • Team building. Group rafting trips are a great team-building exercise for coworkers, church groups, and other teams of people. Working together toward a common cause (paddling the boat and conquering the rapids) is an effective way to strengthen the bonds between members of a group.
  • Appropriate for beginners and those with experience. You don’t have to have whitewater rafting experience to go on a guided adventure. You can learn everything you need to know before you get in the raft and during the trip itself.

Scenic Float Trip

If you’re looking for a scenic view while you gently drift down the river, a scenic float trip may be just right for you. You’ll have amazing views of the Grand Tetons as well as plenty of wildlife sightings along the way.

You can expect to stay dry during this trip, so feel free to bring along your camera to capture the scenery and wildlife you spot along the way. There’s virtually no chance of your boat turning over or getting caught in the rapids.

This is a relaxing trip. Nothing strenuous, no paddling involved. Your guide will paddle as needed and gently steer the boat down the calmer waters of the Snake River. You can take the half-day trip or the full day trip, depending on the time you have available.

Benefits of the Scenic Float Trip

  • Time to enjoy the scenery. Jackson Hole float trips move at a much slower pace. You’ll have time to take in all the beautiful views around you and even capture photos if you wish.
  • Relaxing. Do you prefer your vacations to be restful and peaceful? The Grand Teton float trip will be very laid back. You can sit back and relax and take deep breaths of crisp mountain air as your boat gently bobs and floats on the water.
  • Appropriate for children as young as 4. Some Teton scenic float tours allow children as young as 4 to go along while others require children to be at least 6. If you want an excursion that will allow younger children to participate, the float trip would be a better option than whitewater rafting.
  • Appropriate for older adults. For adults who would find whitewater rafting too strenuous, the Snake River scenic float trip would be more pleasurable.

Still, Having Trouble Choosing? Try Both

The good news is that you don’t have to choose between the two types of excursions. Barker Ewing Whitewater is one of the best places for white water rafting and scenic float tours alike in Jackson Hole, WY. We offer white water rafting for beginners as well as experienced paddlers so that everyone can have a good time.

Call us to book your trip or if you have any questions! 800-448-4202

What to Wear on Your Whitewater Rafting or Scenic Float Trip

One of the most common questions we get asked by people who are booking a Jackson Hole whitewater rafting or scenic float trip is what they should wear on their excursion. Above all else, the one requirement for both trips is that you should wear something comfortable. Other than that, the two experiences couldn’t be any more different. Here’s what you should know before your rafting trip.

What Do You Wear on a Float Trip?

Many people wonder if they’re going to get wet on a Snake River scenic float trip. Nope! There’s no splashing on this trip—if that’s what you’re after, we recommend a whitewater rafting trip instead. A scenic float trip takes place on calm waters, allowing you to enjoy the view as you leisurely float down the river.

It can be chilly on the river even in the summertime, so bring an extra layer of clothes if you’re going on one of the morning or lunch trips. Both your clothes and your shoes should be comfortable, and shoes should also be soft-soled. Wear sunscreen and bring the bottle with you; also bring a hat and sunglasses if you have them.

What Should I Take on a Float Trip?

In addition to sun protection, you are welcome to bring your camera (or smartphone) and binoculars.

What Do You Wear White Water Rafting in Jackson Hole?

The main difference between a Snake River float trip and whitewater rafting in Jackson Hole is that with whitewater rafting, you can expect to get wet! If it’s a warm summer day, you can wear a swimsuit or lightweight synthetic fabrics that dry quickly like nylon or polypropylene. When the weather is a bit cooler, you can rent neoprene wetsuits, river booties, and fleece.

You’ll need shoes that fit securely on your feet—no flip-flops, but make sure you’re wearing shoes you don’t mind getting them wet. We provide complimentary splash jackets and pants too.

What Do You Need for Whitewater Rafting?

Leave your camera, binoculars, and phone behind—you don’t want them to get wet and you won’t have much of a chance to use them anyway when you’re riding the rapids. Do bring a towel and dry clothes to change into once your whitewater rafting trip is done. The drive back to Jackson is 40 minutes and you won’t want to be sitting in wet clothes the entire time! It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses, hats, and sunscreen to protect yourself from UV rays.

Book a Whitewater Rafting or Scenic Float Trip in Jackson Hole

If you’d like to learn more about our whitewater rafting trips or scenic float tours, contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions. Ready to reserve your place on one of our rafts? Book now and we’ll see you soon!

What Is the Best Time of Year to Visit Jackson Hole?

No matter what time of year you visit Jackson Hole, you’ll find no shortage of fun activities to keep you busy. In fact, there’s so much to do here, you could probably visit during every season and have a completely different experience each time! Here are some common questions we get from visitors planning their trips to Jackson Hole.

What Is the Best Month to Visit Wyoming?

The answer to this question depends on what you want to do. Do you and your family love winter sports like downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding? If that’s the case, then you’ll want to visit Jackson Hole during the winter months. Your best chances of visiting when there’s snow on the ground are in December, January, and February; November and March are iffier and sometimes if you’re very lucky, you might encounter snow during the last half of October and the first half of April.

As with many other vacation destinations in the United States, June through August are the most popular months for visiting Wyoming. The weather is warm, kids are out of school, and it’s the perfect time for partaking in outdoor activities like hiking, exploring national parks, mountain biking, and, of course, rafting. Whether you’re interested in the adventure of white water rafting Jackson Hole or a leisurely Snake River float trip where you can enjoy the scenery and spot local wildlife, our offerings are popular with all visitors to the area, from scouts, family reunions, and even wedding groups.

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t visit in fall or spring either, though—although the weather is a bit cooler, there are fewer tourists during these times, so if you’re not fond of crowds, this might be the perfect time to plan your trip. Our whitewater rafting and scenic float trips both run during spring and fall months too.

What Is Jackson Hole Famous For?

Jackson Hole is best known for skiing and snowboarding. In fact, Jackson Hole is considered to have some of the best terrain in North America for these winter sports and the ski resorts in town are a testament to how popular winter activities are in the area.

Winter sports are not the only reason to love Jackson Hole. There’s the scenic Snake River, the mountains, national parks, and even a lively arts scene in the city.

How Many Days Do You Need in Grand Teton?

Most visitors plan for spending two or three days in Grand Teton National Park, but it depends on how much you enjoy outdoor activities, what else you have planned for your trip, and how long your stay in Jackson Hole is.

What Is the Best Time of Year to Visit Grand Teton National Park?

To get the most out of your trip, it’s best to visit between mid-May and late September. During this time, all of the park’s activities, visitor centers, and hiking trails are open and available to the general public.

Learn More About Visiting Jackson Hole

We love helping visitors to Jackson Hole learn about the area and everything it has to offer. Contact us today to learn more or to book a rafting trip or scenic float tour.

Jackson Hole Scenic Float: What to Expect

scenic float grand tetons

If you’ve never been on a scenic float trip before, you’re probably wondering what to expect. Or, maybe you have been on a float trip before, but this is your first Jackson Hole scenic float trip. At Barker Ewing, we’ve been taking folks down the Snake River on scenic float tours since 1963, so we know the perfect stretch of the river for the best views and our guides are full of fun facts and knowledge about the area. Here’s what to expect on your trip.

Expect Teton Views

There are many reasons why our Jackson Hole scenic float trips are well-loved and highly-rated on TripAdvisor, but the views are certainly at the top of the list. If you want the best views of the Tetons, you can’t beat our Teton Views Scenic Floats. 


We begin floating just outside the southern boundary of Grand Teton National Park, at the historic Snake River Ranch. No other scenic float trip has access to the river via the Snake River Ranch, so you’re getting an exclusive experience you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll float on the river and enjoy panoramic views of the Teton Range, Snake River Range, and Gros Ventre Range. Bring your binoculars or camera and watch for birds and wildlife. It’s an unforgettable experience that your whole family will enjoy.

Expect to Relax

Jackson Hole scenic float trips are not the same as whitewater rafting—you don’t need to paddle or do anything other than sit back, relax, and take in the scenery. If you’ve got an active vacation planned in Jackson Hole, a scenic float trip is a great way to get a little down time and give your feet a rest for a few hours. You’ll even get a gourmet picnic lunch on your trip, so you won’t have to worry about planning that either!

Expect to Learn

Our guides are the best in the business—they’re passionate about wildlife, nature, history, geology, local lore, and more, so you’ll come away from your Jackson Hole scenic float trip knowing a lot more about the area. Kids especially have fun asking our guides about the different animals that make the Tetons their home. 

Expect Weather Changes

Even at the height of summer, mornings can be chilly in Jackson Hole, especially on the river. Bring an extra layer of clothes if you’re booked for a float trip in the morning or for lunch. Even on days that are overcast, you’ll want to slather on the sunscreen before you go out on the water and wear a hat and sunglasses for your protection. We don’t want sunburn to ruin the rest of your vacation!


Oh, and one more thing—don’t expect to get wet unless it rains. Unlike whitewater rafting, scenic float trips are on calm waters, so there’s no bumps or splashing. 

Book a Jackson Hole Scenic Float Trip

Contact us today at 307-733-1000 to learn more about our Snake River scenic float trips or book online now. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Jackson Hole!