Where else can you enjoy the exhilaration of whitewater rafting while also taking in some of the most stunning scenery in the United States? Forests, mountains, and a variety of wildlife make whitewater rafting on the Snake River a must for visitors to the Grand Tetons.
The river is a river that goes past the Tetons all the way through the southern section of Idaho before reaching the state of Oregon. You can spend time on many different sections of this river, so you will never find yourself out of your comfort zone.
The section of the Snake River that is closest to the Tetons for whitewater rafting is eight miles long. The entire eight-mile journey will have you conquering class two rapids that include Champagne, the Big Kahuna, and Lunch counter.
Benefits of Whitewater Adventures
Fun and excitement.
If you like adventure, you’re sure to like whitewater rafting. There is nothing boring about it. You’ll be kept busy paddling, experience the ride of your life, and all with an excellent view of the Grand Teton Mountains.
Family river rafting is quality time together that doesn’t involve a screen. Working as a team to paddle your raft is one of the best ways to bond with each other, even siblings who seem to never get along. Children as young as 6 years old can participate in rafting when the water level is low enough.
If you do not think you are ready for a whitewater rafting adventure, you can go on one of the scenic trips instead. Those scenic rides are also done in rafts, but you will not tackle the rapids like you would on the other tours.
While these two types of Snake River tours are completed in one day, some options will have you out on the water for a few days. One of those whitewater rafting adventures will take you down to Hell’s Canyon. This area of the river is the deepest gorge in the country. In some areas, the depth reaches seven thousand nine hundred feet.
Massive rockslides and huge boulders have ended up in the Hell’s Canyon section of the river and those items have created some of the best whitewater rapids within the Pacific Northwest. This adventure normally takes between four and five days, so you will want to plan your vacation accordingly.
At night, you will camp on sandy beaches. Plus, you will have enough downtime to do a few hikes along the way, while also swimming in the warm water of the river.
No matter which whitewater rafting, or non-whitewater rafting, tour you choose, you will be amazed at what you can see along the way. Snow-capped mountain peaks will lead to views of soaring eagles and wild mountain goats.
You cannot visit the Tetons and not conquer the Snake River during a whitewater rafting adventure! If your family is ready to tackle such an extreme adventure, give me a call today. We can add whitewater rafting to your Teton road trip itinerary and make sure no one in your family is bored during the adventure.