A Grand Teton scenic float trip glides down 10 of the most beautiful river miles in the world and represents a unique vantage point to view the Tetons and all sorts of wildlife at close range. Although permitted boaters can float the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, we recommend that you book a trip with one of Jackson Hole's seasoned outfitters, as their knowledge of this advanced section of the river and surrounding terrain will ensure a safe and relaxing trip. If you love photo ops where no one else is around, amazing up-close wildlife encounters and activities that work for the whole family, a scenic float is the way to go!
- River trips take place from mid-May through September.
- Duration: Allocate 2.5 to 3 hours total, with between 1 to 1.5 hours on the river. Trip times adjust according to the river’s water flow and length of daylight.
- Cost: Around $80 for adults; reduced rates for children.
- Where: From Deadman's Bar to Moose Landing in Grand Teton National Park.
- Ages: Ages 6 and up. Check with your outfitter.
- Intensity: Low. Unlike a whitewater trip, passengers are not expected to paddle.
- Highlights: Scenery, wildlife spotting and getting to learn more about Grand Teton National Park and the Snake River.
Best for ...
Those who don’t necessarily want to experience the rough and tumble—and wetness!—of a whitewater trip but still desire to get out on the Snake River to see Jackson Hole and its environs by water. If you're in the mood for something more contemplative and would like to be able to get some great shots of the Tetons and (hopefully) some stellar wildlife shots as well, a scenic float is likely more your ticket. Children of varying ages are welcome.
What are my options?
Your trip will generally last around 2-1/2 to 3 hours and cover the 10-mile stretch of river in Grand Teton National Park from Deadman’s Bar to Moose Village, near Dornan’s.
There's no need to worry about over-exerting yourself during a scenic float. Unlike a whitewater trip, passengers need not paddle. The guide acts as rudder and oarsman the entire time.
Due to the popularity of scenic float trips in the summer, we recommend that you make reservations ahead of time. Bad weather conditions can occasionally cause trip cancellations.
Your outfitter will provide transportation from Moose Village to the launch site at Deadman’s Bar as well as life jackets, plus interpretive guide services on the fauna, feathers and flora that live in and along the Snake River.
Rain ponchos will be provided in case of sudden showers.
When's a good time to go?
Trips are offered from mid-May through September at several time slots per day in peak floating season. If you've got a busy day planned, be sure to set aside 3 hours from door to door for your river expedition—that way you won't be late to your next activity!
Grand Teton National Park is home to the greatest variety of wildlife in the 48 contiguous states and the best time to see a lot of wildlife is on an early morning or late afternoon/sunset float.
What should I bring?
You will stay dry during your scenic float. The water moves lazily and most outfitters equip their boats with splash guards. For the cooler temperatures of the early morning or an evening float, a jacket, fleece or thick sweater is suggested.
Bring a camera to catch dramatic snapshots of wildlife, as well as the varying views of the Teton skyline. Binoculars can also come in handy for identifying high-flying birds and far off critters.
The Last Word
Floating 10 miles down the Snake River past the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park should be on every Jackson Hole visitor’s to-do list.
If you decide on this laid-back approach to river trips, we’d like to congratulate you. Floating down the Snake with the Tetons looming over your shoulder is a meditative experience that is “awesome” in the truest sense of the word. This is a great activity for groups and can be fitted around your other plans. It is also very safe—most of the risk lies in getting a sunburn!
Scenic floats also provide a chance to learn more about Jackson Hole, Grand Teton National Park and the iconic Snake River from an experienced guide while enjoying the unmatched scenic beauty.
Traveler Tip: Don't forget to tip your guide!