Meandering through Grand Teton National Park, the Snake River in Wyoming is the perfect place to experience nature. This region’s breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression! Whether you spend the day fishing, swimming, or floating on a raft, a trip to the Snake River is a must when you’re in Jackson Hole. Here are some of our favorite things to do there.
Want to relax on the water? Sign up for a scenic float trip. You’ll travel down the river and learn all about Jackson Hole’s rich history and geology along the way. Each float trip is lead by an informative guide, and sunrise and sunset tours are available. Keep your eyes peeled for moose and osprey!
Local Tip: The Snake River is a complex river to float. A tangle of channels and logjams present difficulties, and accidents occur often. Use caution and follow your guide.
For a more thrilling adventure, guests can ride the rapids with Barker-Ewing White Water. This company offers an exciting 8-mile tour down the Snake River that will have you smiling from ear to ear! Whitewater rafting excursions are offered daily from May through September and are approximately 3 hours round trip from Jackson. It’s an awesome experience for guests of all ages – just prepare to get wet!
Fishing is a popular activity on the Snake River. Jackson Hole has some of the most diverse fly fishing in the country, where native Cutthroat and Rainbow trout abound. Take a guided fishing trip and enjoy beautiful views and some of the best fly action in the West. Read our blog for details!
If you need to cool off, grab your towel and jump in! Just west of Jackson Hole is an access point to the Snake River that the locals call Wilson beach. Simply follow the multi-use pathway from the Bentwood Inn, then cross the street to the new 40-acre R Park and enjoy a cold (but refreshing!) plunge in the river. There’s also a slightly warmer swimming hole in R Park. Keep in mind that you can’t use inner tubes or other types of floatation devices on the river, as these items create debris and are a hazard for other park-goers.
Now that you know all about the Snake River in Wyoming, it’s time to start planning your trip! Be sure to book a room at the Bentwood Inn and take advantage of our incredible concierge service. Our inn has close relationships with the top adventure tour operators, naturalists, and guides in the valley. We’re happy to assist you with activity reservations and recommendations! Book your stay online or call us at (307) 739-1411. We look forward to having you!
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