Snake River rafting Idaho trips are some of the most popular outdoor vacations in the state, providing challenging rafting to adventure-seekers and some gentle options for beginners as well. The Snake River is the longest tributary of the Columbia River, beginning in Wyoming near the Grand Tetons and flowing past Idaho Falls and near Boise before ending in southeastern Washington. Cutting through the deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon, the river boasts the most challenging whitewater rapids in the Pacific Northwest. The unforgettable thrills of Class III and Class IV rapids, along with the enchanting beauty of the wilderness, make Snake River white water rafting a truly memorable experience.
With its combination of serene natural beauty and exciting rapids, Idaho has some of the best whitewater rafting options in the US. Trips to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and through Hells Canyon provide a true challenge, and there are plenty of calmer options for beginners and families with young children. Hells Canyon is spectacularly steep, and its elevation changes provide great habitats for mountain goats, elk, black bears, bald eagles, and other species, and there are also Native American historic sites such as petroglyphs along the route. The best time to go on a Hells Canyon rafting trip is in the spring or summer, though the river is typically a little lower and consequently calmer if you go in the summer time.
Snake River white water rafting trips usually attract intermediate rafters. Most of the Class III and Class IV rapids occur in the first 30 to 40 miles, which offer a truly marvelous adrenaline surge at the beginning of the rafting trip. Towards the middle, rafters will enjoy a relaxing and scenic journey, which will give them a chance to catch a glimpse of the wilderness and other riverside attractions. With the help of an expert guide, rafters can raft the first adrenaline-pumping 34 miles down to Pittsburg Landing in an exciting 3-day Snake River rafting Idaho trip. However, if you are interested in a longer trip, you can continue your trip for a total of six days down to Heller Bar, Oregon.
Snake River rafting Idaho vacations are best undertaken with guides if you’re new to the region or relatively new to the sport of rafting. There are several whitewater rafting guide companies and outfitters that have a selection of tours launching over several dates between May and September. Most outfitters offer multi-day Snake River white water rafting trips, which go through Hells Canyon and other great areas for camping.
In addition to spending time on the water, there are other excellent things to do during this type of vacation. If you’re taking a break from rafting, the hiking in this region is unparalleled, and there is also great fishing as well. You’ll have opportunities to catch plenty of steelhead, trout, sturgeon, and smallmouth bass in the calmer sections of the river. If you don’t want to spend your entire Idaho vacation on the water, the towns of Twin Falls and Idaho Falls, both along the river, are great to explore, and the capital city of Boise has plenty of great events and things to do. If you’re in eastern Idaho, you can also drive into Wyoming to explore the area around Yellowstone and Jackson Hole.