Our Family Business
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: the Barker family retained Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips and the Ewing family ran Barker-Ewing Whitewater until 2016.
Although Dick passed away in 2012, Barbara Barker and her family continue to run Barker-Ewing Scenic, following Dick's legendarily high standards.
Now entering our 58th 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 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 our valley. We partner with groups like the GTNP Foundation, the Teton Science Center and Wildlife Expeditions to promote wise use of this “American Serengeti.” And the meticulous records of wildlife observations we’ve made through six decades of river running stand as an invaluable scientific resource, increasing our understanding of this spectacular ecosystem.
When you float with Barker-Ewing Scenic Float Trips in Grand Teton National Park, you’re floating with the best.
Will the Circle be Unbroken
My 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 in 2010. He had a talent for reading water like no one else I have ever seen.
He will be greatly missed.