About Barker-Ewing Float Trips in Grand Teton National Park

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

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.

Now entering our 54th season, Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips remains the gold standard in scenic rafting, and is proud to be an Official Concessioner of Grand Teton National Park.

Although Dick passed on in 2012, his family continues to run Barker-Ewing following the highest of standards that Dick originally set.

In fact, Barker-Ewing Float Trips is one of only a handful of float companies allowed to operate Snake River float trips in Grand Teton National Park. Our meticulous records of wildlife observations over five decades of river running reveal an uncommon dedication to preservation of this pristine and natural world.

Barker-Ewing Float Trips: providing the highest level of customer service and safety, and floating entirely within Grand Teton National Park.

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 2 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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