Beaver on Snake River bank - photo taken on a Barker Ewing Grand Teton Scenic Float Trip

Jackson 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…

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a woodtick -Jackson Hole wildlife

It’s tick season! This time of year, we welcome visitors from all around the country to beautiful Jackson Hole. And for those of you from the East Coast, the thought of “tick season” might be truly scary. The good news: our Barker-Ewing scenic raft trips don’t travel through tick habitat, so we’re extremely unlikely to…

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John Colter Stone - Jackson Hole history

Barker-Ewing boatmen are world-class storytellers. Whether we’re driving you up to the launch site in our shiny new vans or guiding you down the Snake River right through the heart of Grand Teton National Park, we’re never at a loss for words. Geology, natural history, wildlife, western lore and regional politics – we’re experts on…

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Cow moose laying near Snake River - photo taken on a Barker Ewing Grand Teton Scenic Float Trip

We are privileged to live in Jackson Hole with Grand Teton National Park on our doorstep, and we do our best to be thoughtful stewards of our surroundings. But I admit that in my youth I have walked too close to a moose, approached a bear for a photo op, and skied close enough to…

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A chickadee in winter - Jackson Hole Wildlife

A respectful “hats off” to the multitude of birds and animals that stick it out in frigid Jackson Hole for our long, long winters. And some of Grand Teton National Park’s heartiest winter residents are also the cutest. The chickadee has stick-to-it-iveness and cuteness in spades! Here in Jackson Hole we have two varieties of…

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