Looking for an escape from the summer heat? You can’t beat a whitewater rafting adventure.
Check out Flying Pig Adventure Company, based in Gardiner, Montana. The owners of the Flying Pig want to challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and put a little adventure in your vacation. In other words, “Let your pigs fly!” What better way to let them fly than with an exciting whitewater adventure on the Yellowstone River? All of the Pig raft trips launch from behind the Flying Pig Camp Store right in Gardiner. Choose from a chillin’ 8-mile float (Class I, II, and III rapids), an exhilarating, 18-mile ride through Yankee Jim Canyon (Class III, IV), or totally immerse yourself on an overnight trip. We can even combine a raft trip with a horseback ride. If you are willing, we are ready!
The Flying Pig Adventure Company is committed to sharing its passion for adventure around Yellowstone National Park. We offer everything you need for a complete vacation experience, including lodging, Montana whitewater rafting trips, horseback rides, guided fly-fishing, fly shop, park tours, Yellowstone vacation packages, and cowboy cookouts—all near the North Entrance of Yellowstone Park. For more information visit flyingpigrafting.com or call (406) 848-7510.
Montana Whitewater Rafting and Zipline Company runs all three of the best rivers near the North and West Entrances to Yellowstone National Park, with two convenient locations in Gardiner and Big Sky. The Gallatin River (Class III-IV) is a small Rocky Mountain river ideal for people looking for an exciting experience. The Gallatin River Zipline and Adventure tour crosses the river multiple times. Once you start the tour, you won’t touch the ground between zips. The tours offer tree platforms, sky bridges, adventure elements, and beautiful scenery. The Yellowstone River (Class II-III) is a wide and scenic river featuring big, splashy waves and is a fun ride for the whole family. Our Yellowstone Ranch Zipline, based in Gardiner, offers multiple 1,000-foot zips in the mountain ranges near the park. (Bonus: It’s the closest zipline to Yellowstone National Park.) The Madison River (Class II-IV) offers full-day wilderness rafting through the Beartrap Canyon. We also offer tubing trips on the lower Madison River. This is a great option for families with young children, or anyone looking for a mellow day out on the river.
The fly-fishing center offers a Learn to Fly-Fish Program on the banks of the Gallatin River—a great option for families. For experienced anglers, we have guided trips on the Gallatin, Yellowstone, and Madison Rivers. For more information visit yellowstonefish.com. Come join Montana Whitewater Rafting and Zipline Company’s Adventure World. We offer rafting/zipline combos, horseback riding, fly-fishing, river tubing, overnight rafting, and free wetsuit and bootie rentals. For more information visit montanawhitewater.com or yellowstonezip.com or call (800) 799-4465.
Celebrating 21 years this season, Geyser Whitewater Expeditions is a favorite for family activities. Legendary for its fun guides and Western hospitality, the outfitter has hosted the First Family and the Vice President’s brood. Only 45 minutes from West Yellowstone, Montana, Geyser is easily accessible to all visitors looking for the best river trips in the region. “Being such a highlight of a Yellowstone vacation is fun for us,” says Eric Becker, founder of Geyser. Guided kayaking, horseback riding, zipline tours, bike rentals, and a 30-foot indoor climbing wall make Geyser Whitewater an excellent choice for your Yellowstone activities. For more information visit raftmontana.com or call (800) 914-9031.
When you head down the Snake River with Mad River Boat Trips, you’re traveling with more than 100 years of river guide experience. Their guides are knowledgeable in local lore, Wyoming’s rugged and beautiful waters, and rafting safety. Mad River’s crew prides itself on providing the very best, most exciting river trip you can take in the Jackson area. While visiting Mad River’s headquarters, take in some history. The Jackson River Runner’s Museum tells the story of America’s river pioneers, the hardships they endured, and the adventurous lives they lived. Choose the trip that’s best for you and book online. For more information visit mad-river.com or call (800) 458-7238.
Join Wild West Rafting for the ultimate Montana whitewater rafting trip. Located just north of Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Wild West Rafting offers scenic float trips through the majestic Paradise Valley, as well as high-quality whitewater and scenic river trips on the breathtaking Yellowstone River. Trips are suitable for the entire family, from beginners to more seasoned thrill-seekers. Looking for something tamer? Travelers of all ages can experience a float through the historic Paradise Valley, where exciting wildlife photography opportunities abound.
For more information visit wildwestrafting.com or call (800) 862-0557.
Lewis & Clark Expeditions in Jackson, Wyoming offers both scenic float trips and whitewater trips on the Snake River. Lewis & Clark has the smallest boats available on the Snake River, and, during midsummer, also offers riverside steak dinners. Half-day whitewater trips run on the 8-mile, Class III stretch of the Snake River from West Table Creek to Sheep Gulch. The trips are fantastic for families. The legendary Lunch Counter Rapids, along with Big Kahuna and other Class III rapids, will get everybody soaked. Whitewater and scenic floats can be combined for an all-day excursion. Half-day scenic float trips run 13 miles south of Grand Teton National Park, with fantastic views of the Teton Range and great wildlife habitat. For more information visit lewisandclarkexpeds.com or call (800) 824-5375.
For the coolest thing you’ll do all summer, visit Barker-Ewing River Trips for fun and adventure on the Snake River. Book now for whitewater rafting, including overnight campouts and breakfast combo trips, or our scenic float trips with lunch or dinner. Barker-Ewing prides itself on having been Jackson Hole’s premier rafting company since 1963. For more information visit barker-ewing.com or call (307) 733-1000 or (800) 448-4202.
Grand Teton Lodge Company, in the national park, offers trips on the Snake River. Choose a morning, afternoon, lunch, or supper float for epic scenery and wildlife-watching. For more information visit gtlc.com.
When in northeastern Utah, why not travel the region by water like early explorer John Wesley Powell? Try a rafting adventure down the famous Green River. Outfitters in Dutch John offer raft rentals for a fun day of self-guided rafting beginning under the towering wall of Flaming Gorge Dam. Vernal outfitters offer “mild to wild” day and multiday trips through remote stretches of Dinosaur National Monument.
For more information visit undiscoveredutah.com or call (800) 477-5558.