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Voted Best Rafting Company in Jackson Hole ten years running!

Voted Best Rafting Company in Jackson Hole ten years running!

For over 50 years, Dave Hansen River Trips has provided exciting whitewater rafting and scenic river trips on the Snake River for kids from 6-96 (true story!) in Jackson Hole Wyoming. We will work harder than any other rafting guide 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 rafting 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.

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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.

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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.

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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
– All cancellations come with a minimum $10 cancellation fee
– Groups Under 8: We have a 48 hour cancellation policy, all reservations cancelled outside of 48 hours will receive entire payment back minus the cancellation fee. If trip is cancelled inside 48 hours of departure, the entire payment will be forfeited, no exceptions 
– Groups 8-24 or Private Rafts: We have a one week cancellation policy, all reservations cancelled outside of one week will receive entire payment back minus the cancellation fee. If cancelled inside of a week of departure entire payment will be forfeited, no exceptions.
– Groups over 24: We have a one month cancellation policy, all reservations cancelled outside of a month will receive entire payment back minus the cancellation fee. If cancelled inside of a month of departure entire payment will be forfeited, no exceptions. 
– Weather:  
Our whitewater trips depart regardless of weather.  Getting outside is the #1 reason why people come to Jackson.  Whitewater rafting, because you are dressed to get wet, is one of the best and most popular activities to do in the area when the weather is not good because you can still get outside and have a great experience.  If that is something you are not comfortable with, it is the responsibility of the party to cancel outside of our respective cancellation polices to receive a full refund.
 
Our scenic float trips can be cancelled, at the time of departure, because of rain.  Any cancellation of a scenic trip because of rain will receive a full refund. 
 
Change Policy: No charges are applied for changes to reservations outside of the site specific cancellation policy
 
Trip Insurance: We strongly recommend for people to buy trip insurance for their vacation.  Our season is very short and most people make reservations well in advance to visit us.  We are in a remote area with very little walk in traffic.  Because of this, once reservations are inside our cancellation policy, they are non-refundable regardless of circumstance (for example: undesirable weather, travel/road conditions, illness, health-related issues, COVID-19, family emergency, etc.)  
 
What is your minimum age?

For whitewater our age limit for kids is usually 6 years old, there are some times of the year we could talk about adventurous 5 year olds. Just give us a call! For our scenic trips the youngest we will take is 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 ten years running!
River Flow 4,640 cubic ft / sec