If you’ve never been white water rafting in Grand Teton National Park, you’re probably wondering what to expect and how to prepare for your excursion. The Snake River is ideal for rafters of all experience levels, so whether you’re a novice rafter or a seasoned pro, you’ll benefit from these tips.
What to Wear for White Water Rafting in Jackson Hole
Even on a warm, clear summer day, you might be surprised by the temperature and weather fluctuations in Grand Teton National Park—especially when you’re rafting on the river! Luckily, you were likely planning on getting wet anyway, so unexpected showers are usually no problem.
If you’re going on a white water rafting trip during spring, fall, or even on a summer morning early in the season, you may want to consider a wetsuit. If you don’t have your own, we have them available to rent. They can keep you warm and comfortable even when the Snake River is chilly.
Otherwise, you’ll want to wear clothes that dry quickly. For women, one-piece bathing suits and a pair of athletic shorts are great choices. If you’re wearing a t-shirt, make sure it’s not cotton unless you don’t mind sitting in sopping wet clothes. Wear water shoes if you can—no flip-flops and no shoes that would be ruined by getting wet. Sunglasses are a good idea too, but again, don’t wear your best pair—bring inexpensive sunglasses that you won’t be upset about losing if they (or you) fall in the water.
We’ll provide helmets and life jackets for you. If you like, you can also bring a water bottle. Sunscreen is also a must—apply it liberally before you head out on the water. Even on a day that seems overcast, you might end up with sunburn after your white water rafting trip, which is never a fun way to spend the rest of your vacation.
What Else You Should Know Before Your Snake River White Water Rafting Trip
Knowing what to wear and bring on your white water rafting trip is the most important part of preparing. Everything else that you need to know will be covered by your guide before you get in the raft.
Your guide will show you how to use your paddle, help you with your life jacket, and provide instructions on what to do if you fall out of the boat. They’re also available to answer any questions you might have—remember, your safety and comfort is their priority.
As long as you listen carefully to what your guide tells you, both before and during your rafting excursion, you’ll be prepared to have a great trip and make wonderful memories that will last a lifetime!
Reserve Your Grand Teton National Park White Water Rafting Trip Today
Whether you’re a Jackson Hole local or you’re visiting the area on vacation, we’d love to welcome you for a day of adventure out on the water. To book a rafting trip with JHWW, call us today at 800-700-RAFT or learn more about our Snake River white water rafting trips here.