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Voted Best Rafting Company in Jackson Hole nine years running!

For over 50 years, Dave Hansen River Trips has provided exciting whitewater and scenic river trips for kids from 6-96 (true story!). We will work harder than anyone on the Snake River to make sure you have a safe, fun, and fantastic experience from start to finish. Every employee—from the front desk staff to the senior guide—shares the same goal: provide you with the best possible river adventure!

About Us

Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Whether you’re confident in a raft or holding a paddle for the first time, our 8-mile whitewater trip is the perfect Jackson Hole adventure! Rafters age 6 and up will laugh and splash through class II and III rapids on an unforgettable trip down the wild and scenic Snake River Canyon.


Snake River Scenic Float Trips

Cruise along the beautiful Snake River in a dry, comfortable ride. The views of the Teton and Snake River mountains along the way are magnificent, so be sure to bring your camera. You may be lucky enough to spot a moose wading in a back eddy or an osprey diving in the calm waters beneath the snow-capped Tetons. Bald eagle sightings are almost a guarantee on this stretch as there are over 8 nests! You may even spot a moose wading in a back eddy or an osprey diving in the river beneath the snow-capped Tetons.


Scenic & Whitewater Combo Trips

Can’t decide between the thrill of the whitewater or the serenity of the scenic? Explore the best of both worlds with a full or half-day combination trip. Each combo trip includes a lunch to fuel your adventure.


The best guides on the river.

Our river guides work their Chacos off to make sure you have a fantastic adventure. With big hearts and big smiles, our lively river guides will keep you laughing through every twist and turn on the Snake River. Every river guide completes the Dave Hansen Guide School which provides rigorous, hands-on river safety and river ecology training.

Meet the Guides

Questions? Just Ask.

We’re here to help. With 5 types of trips and multiple launch times a day, you are sure to find the perfect adventure!

How much experience do you need?

None! Roughly half of our customers that we take down the river have never been whitewater rafting. All of our guides know this and go over a very detailed safety speech in which they will personally go around and show you how to sit and the best ways to keep yourself in the boat. To help ease some nerves, there are two great benefits to this river for first-timers. The first half of the trip is fairly mellow. You’ll get wet, but it is not too daunting. This allows you the time to get used to being in the boat. You are not going to be thrown into the boat and hit the biggest wave of the trip in the first five minutes. The second half of the trip is where all the bigger waves are. The other nice thing about the Snake River is that it is classified as a “Pool and drop river”, which basically means that after every section of waves, you are going to have a nice calm section afterwards before you hit your next set of waves. So you have time to sit back and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the canyon between waves. The people who were nervous usually have the best time!

Cancellation Policy

We have a 48-hour cancellation policy for all of our trips and a 7-day cancellation policy for groups of 10 people or more. A 100% refund will be given for anyone who cancels before these time periods.

The number of trips and seats that Dave Hansen Whitewater can offer are limited by the U.S. Forest Service river management plan. Once you reserve your trip, we are no longer able to sell your seat to other individuals or groups. Therefore, if you do cancel your trip within the hours of our policy, we can only refund your money if we are able to fill your spots.

What is your minimum age?

Our age limit for kids is usually 6 years old. There are some trips and times of the year where we do take down kids as young as 4 years old. There are certain water levels during the run-off season where we may raise our age limit. Please give us a call to discuss if you have more questions.

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Voted Best Rafting Company
in Jackson Hole nine years running!