Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips in Grand Teton National Park

Book Your Scenic Float Trip in Grand Teton National Park

Looking for things to do in Jackson Hole? Your first stop should be rafting with Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips. Book a float trip with us, and you’ll be rafting with Jackson Hole’s best!

Rafting entirely within Grand Teton National Park, you’ll enjoy spectacular views as you float beneath the Grand Tetons. Our original 10-mile Snake River Scenic Float Trips are surrounded by the splendor of wild nature and wildlife. This area of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has been untouched by human development.

As you float down the river, Barker-Ewing’s experienced river guides will share fascinating information on:
Trip Advisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips

  • 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

Ensuring your overall experience is unforgettable is extremely important to us. So we’re very proud of our customer satisfaction and safety record. Additionally, Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips is thrilled to have been awarded Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence every year since 2012.

The Snake River headwaters are a part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers system. And Barker-Ewing is honored to be rafting the only stretch of the Snake River in Jackson Hole to be officially designated as “scenic”. This year we’re celebrating 50 years of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act: “Preserving rivers or sections of rivers in their free-flowing condition to protect the water quality of such rivers and to fulfill other vital national conservation purposes.”

Olympic Fever

Barker-Ewing, Biathlon, History, Jackson Hole, Recreation, Winter Olympics

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I’ve got Olympic Fever! Up here in Jackson Hole, as the old joke goes, we have two seasons: Winter, and the Fourth of July. The warming climate has subtly altered this once-accurate description. We still enjoy just two seasons, but while Winter has become noticeably shorter, the Fourth of July has extended on both sides and is now known as Road Construction. (For those of you from more temperate climates who are wondering about the two seasons that remain: Spring in Jackson Hole is three days of mud, and Fall lasts about a week.)

Betty Woolsey, Olympian and Dude Wrangler

In truth, we do have a nice, long summer in this high mountain valley – long enough for our Barker-Ewing boatman to guide more than 200 trips each down the Snake River before low water and early sunsets bring the season to a close. But Winter comes early and it sticks around. Usually we have enough snowfall to start skiing before Thanksgiving, and in many years, spring “crust” skiing is still going strong in late May. These long winters have given many of us locals the chance to excel at winter sports. And with such an abundance of snow and cold, what choice do we have?

I was lucky to be a member of the Jackson Hole Nordic team in the 1970’s. Our training center at Trail Creek Ranch on Teton Pass was owned by Betty Woolsey, a legend in the valley and captain of the first women’s alpine ski team that raced at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Germany. Her generosity in sharing her ranch with local skiers launched the careers of many Olympians – including biathletes, Nordic skiers and Alpine skiers. (For those who don’t know, Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and target shooting.) Many more locals became members of U.S. National teams, representing America in non-Olympic years. Continue reading…