Jackson Hole Scenic Float: What to Expect

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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!