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 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”.

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.

Enter our Wildlife & Landscape Photo Contest and Win!

Eagle-CharleneKlassen If you’ve taken a Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trip in Grand Teton National Park, you likely saw and photographed some amazing wildlife and scenery. If you haven’t taken a trip with us, book your trip today, so you can enter our Wildlife & Landscape Photo Contest!

You could see your photo featured on our website and/or in our brochure. Plus you could win a signed copy of world-renowned nature photographer Tom Mangelsen’s latest book, The Last Great Wild Places.

Last year’s Wildlife photography winner was Charlene Klassen Morris from Manitoba, Canada with this beautiful shot of a bald eagle. This year we’ve also added a Landscape category. Enter today and win!

Soft Gold on the Snake

Barker-Ewing, Environment, History, Jackson Hole, Rafting, Wildlife

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0522JournalTrapper-ThumbJackson Hole was the center of the Fur Trade for a short period in the 1820s and 1830s due to the abundance of beaver. This squat brown mammal (once decreed a fish by the Bishop of Quebec, to fit dietary law) was once abundant throughout North America. Fur trappers venturing west to collect beaver pelts (referred to as “soft gold”) pioneered many overland routes from the Mississippi River plains to the coastal reaches of California and Oregon before the shift in fashion from beaver felt hats to silk chapeaus ended the trade. Once numbering over 60 million, the North American beaver population had been reduced to an estimated 100,000 by the 1840s. (Don’t be alarmed: their numbers have rebounded to an estimated 20 million, and we see them frequently on our evening float trips down the Snake.)

Osbourn Russell, a fur trapper who worked along the Snake River in what is now Grand Teton National Park during the waning years of the fur trade left us with a lively diary of his adventures. This diary is available online, and like many first-hand accounts of the time, includes some fascinating editorializing and dubious “facts” about the place we know as Jackson Hole.

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