Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips in Grand Teton National Park

Book Your Scenic Float Trip in Grand Teton National Park

When you’re looking for things to do in Jackson Hole, your first stop should be Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips. Book a raft trip with us, and you’ll be rafting with Jackson Hole’s best! Our high level of safety and customer satisfaction supports our reputation as the Best in Jackson Hole. Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips is proud to have been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012.

TripAdvisorOur original 10-mile Snake River Scenic Float Trips operate wholly within Grand Teton National Park. Wild nature surrounds you on these river rafting trips. You’ll float beneath the Grand Tetons in an area untouched by human development for generations. And Barker-Ewing’s experienced river guides will share fascinating information on:

  • The unique history of Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole
  • The geology and ecology of the pristine Snake River environment
  • The abundant wildlife in our valley and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

The Snake River headwaters are a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system. Barker-Ewing is honored to be rafting the only stretch of the Snake River in Jackson Hole to be officially designated as “scenic”.

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The Same River Twice

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Ansel Adams took the high road.

“Don’t you get tired of doing the same thing over and over all summer?” I get this question at least once a week between May and September. And my answer is always the same. “No way!” Many of our Barker-Ewing scenic guides have spent multiple seasons floating the Snake River through Grand Teton National Park. I’ve personally logged more than 25,000 miles between Dead Man’s Bar and Moose – and that doesn’t even put me at the top of the leaderboard! It’s not that river guides lack imagination, or can’t think of anything better to do. It’s that we are living the sage’s wisdom: “You can’t step in the same river twice.”

The 2016 season is now less than a month old, and the river has already changed since our first trip launched on May 27th.  On one level (that’s a river pun – water level – get it?) the river’s depth and velocity have increased as the warm sun of spring melts the high mountain snowpack. During peak runoff, usually in late June and early July, I’ve seen the Snake rise six feet above normal levels and crest over its banks in the course of just a few days. In these high water conditions, our ten-mile scenic float trip can be as quick as one hour and fifteen minutes. In September, when the snow has melted and the summer rains have dried up, those ten miles can take closer to two and a half hours – and we may even scrape over cobblestones through particularly shallow sections. The same river, but different every day. Continue reading…