Among them, the Snake River provides opportunities for horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and whitewater rafting suitable for all ages.
Understanding Whitewater Classifications
Whitewater rapids are classified based on difficulty and danger level. While this isn’t an exact science, it helps to choose a rafting trip appropriate for your skill level. Class I is ideal for beginners and younger children. Most rivers offer a combination of different classes of rapids and that’s the case with the Snake River.
If you plan to bring the kids rafting, Jackson Hole offers a scenic rafting trip the whole family can enjoy. Dave Hansen Whitewater and Scenic Trips claims half of their customers have never been whitewater rafting prior to their Jackson Hole experience.
The most important thing is to be sure your children are comfortable around water. If they’re not afraid of the water, and they enjoy doing exciting things, a Jackson Hole rafting trip along the Snake River is perfect.
Everyone gets a little wet, but the trip is classified as a “pool and drop river” which means a mixture of calm sections and wave sections to keep it exciting. (The first part is Class I and the second half Class II waves.)
Another option is to arrange a combination kayaking/rafting trip. O.A.R.S. offers a one or two day option that includes sea kayaking on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park combined with a relaxing rafting trip along the Snake River. It’s a great way to take in the scenic Tetons and enjoy the outdoors.
This trip can be extended for up to a week and makes an ideal outdoor family vacation getaway. It’s a true wilderness experience that offers a chance to see moose, elk, bald eagles, and possibly a river otter, too.