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Wildlife you might see on a river trip…

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Often we get the question what kind of wildlife might we see on our river trip… we live in such a special place and are surrounded by nature!  General rule of thumb is wildlife is more active in the early and latter part of the day.  During the heat of the day, often they are less likely to be seen….

The opportunities are seemingly endless.  Throughout the Snake River corridor, the bird life is phenomenal!  We see Bald Eagles, Osprey, Red Tail and many other types of hawks, Sand Hill cranes, Great Blue Heron, song birds galore, many species of ducks, woodpeckers, and don’t forget my favorite, the amazing little hummingbirds!  Perhaps we will see a beaver busying his/herself on their never ending workload; or an otter family playful, shy and curious in the current, a great treat indeed!

Then we move to the land dwellers!  Deer, Moose, Mountain Goats (specialty of the Snake River Canyon) Elk, Coyote, Fox, Bear, Wolf, Mountain Lion…. listed from more common sightings to a rare gift.  I have been lucky enough to see all these creatures great and small while on the Snake River here in Jackson Hole!  The thing about wildlife is we just never know! The more time you are able to be in the field, the better your chances will be!

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Barker-Ewing is TripAdvisor’s #1 Adventure in Jackson Hole!

Jackson-Hole-ActivitiesThere’s no better way to feel confident in who you book with for your Jackson Hole trip of a lifetime than checking out review sites such as TripAdvisor. We’re thrilled to announce that Barker-Ewing Whitewater is rated TripAdvisor’s #1 adventure in Jackson Hole. If you’re curious about any of our river trips and want to see what types of experiences our guests have had, click here and take a look on TripAdvisor! We always love talking to you as well, but we do understand the value in receiving honest, unbiased guests’ reviews in the various public forums. A trip to Jackson Hole is truly not the same without a Whitewater Rafting Adventure or Scenic Float Trip on the Snake River!

Diary of a Jackson Hole Rafting Guide

I live in Jackson, Wyoming and work at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort as a liftee (not one who lifts but one who stands by lifts). Well, I’d like to believe I lift spirits as I greet skiers. Even when it’s cold out, I’m happy because I probably got fresh tracks on the way to work that morning. I’ve skied 73 days so far this winter. It’s turning out to be an epic snow year for Jackson Hole! I have 3 sets of skis, a road bike, a mountain bike, a kayak, a 14′ raft, a harness, a 1979 Subaru and a dog named Teton. In another month or two (a balmy low of 30* in Jackson Hole this morning), my skis will go back into the shed, and my paddles will see the light of day. I’m a river guide for Barker-Ewing Whitewater in the summer. I guide Jackson Hole rafting trips and scenic float trips on the Snake River. Soon enough, it’ll be time to work my arms instead of my legs; succumb to chaco tan lines over goggle ones; and, trade in my bad ski jokes for better river jokes. I can’t wait.

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It’s Easy To Be Green

We strive to be the color of a leprechaun on St. Patty’s Day leprechaunhere at Barker-Ewing Whitewater! Here are just a few ways we aim to be a “green” company: We keep our offices ship-shape and buses tidy with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day and Simple Green earth-friendly cleaning supplies. Our Barker-Ewing team players ride their bikes to work to cut down and help reduce our carbon footprint. Every vehicle is maintained to run efficiently and with the least amount of emissions possible. We print our whitewater rafting brochures on recycled paper, and we try to save trees additionally by opting to use online reservations and bill pay. Anything we can recycle, we do! Instead of paper products, we serve our scenic float trip meals on plate and silverware. From participating in the Snake River Clean Up volunteer day each summer to awareness in Jackson Hole’s Reduce Reuse Recycle program, we strive to do our part in keeping Jackson, Wyoming, the Snake River, Teton County and the environment at large in our minds and in our hands. Here’s to being GREEN today, tonight and every day moving forward.

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Barker-Ewing is voted Best of JH’s 2014 Best Outfitter silver medalist!

Barker-Ewing Whitewater is voted Best of JH 2014’s silver medal winner for Best Outfitter! Thank you for all your support over the last 51 years to all our friends, family, guests, supporters and colleagues. We appreciate YOU! Thanks for voting us one of the best outfitters in Jackson, Wyoming. We wouldn’t be here without YOU! Come join us for a Snake River whitewater rafting adventure or scenic float this summer in Jackson Hole! Celebrating 51 Years | 1963 – 2014

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Barker-Ewing Whitewater WINS Silver Medal for Best Outfitter in Best of Jackson Hole 2013!

Best of Jackson Hole 2013This is a huge honor, and we are so grateful for the recognition! From horseback to fishing to biking outfitters, we were voted by locals and beyond for 2013’s Best Outfitter Silver Medal. Thank you to everyone who participated! We are Celebrating 50 Years this summer, so this just adds icing to the cake. We appreciate your loyalty and your confidence in us as a river outfitter and hope you’ll jump on board a raft and celebrate with us this summer! Ready. Set. Go… Rafting! 1963 – 2013

Maria Wyllie’s “Staycation”

Following graduation from the University of Virginia in May of 2012, I immediately packed up the car and headed west. What was initially intended as a four month summer break before entering the so called “real world” has now become a 14-month break– a little something I like to call “staycation.”

It’s safe to say my parents have been a little concerned about my line of work out West– cleaning toilets, folding t-shirts and handing out wetsuits does not require a college degree (so they like to remind me). I keep explaining to them that I am fully aware of this and that I am simply working to support my staycation before I commit myself to a full time career.

This summer I’ve gone on staycation with both locals and tourists, allowing me to experience a wide variety of summer activities. I kicked the summer season off with a moonlight rafting trip down the Snake River (ask our guides why it’s called that). I unsuccessfully went fly-fishing in Kelly, successfully jumped off the cliffs in Kelly, went for a not so refreshing dip in the Granite Hot Springs, tubed down Flat Creek, did some disco dancing at the Coach and some bluegrass dancing at the Wort, hiked to Goodwin Lake for a quick dip, got down at Targhee Fest, sailed on Jackson Lake, drove over the Pass for a huckleberry milkshake, kayaked on Lake Yellowstone, played disc golf in the Village, poached a hot tub or two, went up the Gondi for some margaritas and fried mushrooms, and enjoyed some tasty wild rice pancakes with my mom followed by a ride through the Big Kahuna on Barker-Ewing’s scenic/whitewater Breakfast Combination trip (my personal favorite). While my list might seem long, these excursions are just a sampling of the many activities Jackson has to offer.

Being endlessly enthused about the place you live and being able to go on so many adventures without having to travel far is a wonderful thing. This past winter, for instance, I went paragliding off the Tram during my lunch break. I don’t think most people can admit to having done something as cool as that in the middle of their work day. Every season continues to offer new challenges for even the most experienced athlete. However, regardless of expertise, the impressive Teton Range physically and mentally challenges hikers, climbers, and skiers ranging anywhere from novice to expert. So, even if this is your first time in Jackson, I hope you will not be fearful of exploring these beautiful, humbling mountains.

I won’t be here forever, but I’m not ready for my staycation to end yet– there are too many mountain trails and ski slopes that I have yet to conquer. I hope you enjoy your time here in Jackson amongst the river rats and ski bums, and I invite you to keep coming back, as there will always be new adventures waiting for you.  – Maria Wyllie

The Clintons and Barker-Ewing Whitewater… a float down memory lane!

The last official Barker-Ewing River Trips sighting of the First Family was in August 1996 when I had the honor of taking the Clinton family down the Snake River on a float. In total, there were 11 boats in the floatilla. For a while, I was pretty sure they had the wrong guide in mind when I was pulled aside and counseled on what to do if we were shot at… yikes, I thought! Isn’t that what the two “counter assault” rafts are for?

All in all, it turned into a beautiful afternoon with wonderful conversation in my boat and a huge education for me looking at the bigger picture. Mostly, it was a great honor that I was chosen to share what I consider to be one of the most special places on earth with Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton!

I hope there will be another summer visit by the Clintons to Jackson Hole – and that they might consider joining me on another float trip along the now “Wild & Scenic” Snake River.

– Heather Ewing

FOOD&WINE | Travel+Leisure | TripAdvisor

“Barker-Ewing’s four-hour whitewater rafting expedition down the Snake River is beginner-friendly and travels through some of the deepest gorges in the river.” – FOOD&WINE

“Take on the Snake River in a raft-on request, the guides will do all the work so you don’t even have to paddle. Barker-Ewing River Trips can organize an outing that’s as relaxing or exciting as you want.” – Travel+Leisure

For over 40 million trusted traveler reviews & opinions and unbiased client river experiences with Barker-Ewing Whitewater, check out www.tripadvisor.com.

Bird’s eye view of Barker-Ewing Whitewater

Although winter is not over, our blog hiatus is! A couple months of holiday r&r have left us inspired, energized and excited for the 2011 summer season. While Jackson Hole and the rest of the country continues to endure severe cold blasts, we bundle up with our cups of coffee and plan on how to make this summer a season of warm & fuzzy feelings!

Do you have any ideas you’d like to share with us? We love great ideas! Share here.

A photo of a mature bald eagle seen on the South Park section of the Snake River, where our Teton Views scenic Jackson Hole river trips float, the place to be for bird watching in Jackson Hole. Click here to read more about our national emblem, the Bald Eagle.