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About Barker-Ewing Float Trips in Grand Teton National Park

Local river runner Dick Barker knew the Snake River. He fished these clear waters as a teenager, then offered his knowledge as a float-and-fish guide. In 1963, he pioneered the ten-mile float trip from Deadman’s Bar to Moose on the wild and scenic Snake River through the heart of Grand Teton National Park.

Within a few short years, Dick’s single raft could no longer accommodate the demand. So he joined forces with outfitter Frank Ewing to create Barker-Ewing Float Trips, and the company earned a lasting reputation for operating safe, high-quality interpretive raft trips in the National Park and the Snake River Canyon. In 1985, the partnership was divided into two separate family businesses: Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips and Barker-Ewing Whitewater.

Although Dick passed away in 2012, his family continues to run Barker-Ewing Scenic following the legendarily high standards that Dick originally set.

Now entering our 56th season, Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips remains the gold standard in scenic rafting, providing outstanding customer service and a stellar record of safety. Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips is an Authorized Concessioner of Grand Teton National Park, and one of only a handful of companies permitted to operate Snake River float trips inside Grand Teton National Park.

Our Commitment

Our company is committed to safeguarding Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone region for visitors from around the world to enjoy. We support organizations like the Murie Center, the Teton Raptor Center and the Jackson Hole Historical Society that help record and preserve the unique character of the valley. We partner with groups like the GTNP Foundation, the Teton Science Center and Wildlife Expeditions to promote wise use of our “American Serengeti.” And our meticulous records of wildlife observations made through six decades of river running stand as an invaluable resource, increasing scientific understanding of this spectacular ecosystem.

When you book a Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trip in Grand Teton National Park, you float with the best.


Will the Circle be Unbroken

Dick BarkerMy father, Dick Barker, died early in the morning on Monday, July 23, 2012. He was truly one of the “Legends of the Snake”; he was the man who pioneered the 10 mile Deadman’s Bar to Moose float trip 50 years ago.

He started Barker-Ewing Float Trips with then partner Frank Ewing. Even though he had long ago stopped guiding commercial floats down the river himself, he had still been able to take the oars in August of 2011 (at age 74) during the annual Snake River Funds “Legends” trip. He was a true Master of the oars, and even pioneered a new channel during high water two years ago. He had a talent for reading water like no one else I have ever seen.

He will be greatly missed.
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