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A young boy rides on the front of a blue Dave Hansen Whitewater raft while floating down the Snake River.

Voted the Best in Jackson Hole for 10 Years

We have the best job! Since the 1960s we’ve been lucky enough to provide scenic and whitewater trips to people of all ages, reveling in the incredible views of the Tetons and Snake River Canyon, and cultivating amazing adventures and memories. Thank you for voting us the best rafting company in Jackson Hole (humble brag—but that’s 10 years in a row for anyone who’s playing:)  

How did we start? One day in 1967, a thrill-seeker by the name of Dave Hansen, along with his friend Henry Tomingas, decided to take on the Grand Canyon of the Snake River…sidebar of note: neither had ever rafted that tempestuous (aka fun) section before. Minutes prior, they had contemplated stopping off for lunch but decided to push on. Rounding Blind Canyon, Dave took one look at the 7 enormous waves, each 8-10 walls, and said, “Well, if we’re going to get our lunch, we’re going to get it now.”   Rowing like mad, they battled through 7 enormous waves, emerging on the other side with drenched clothes, chattering teeth, and a newfound love for the thrill of the river. That day christened the waves “Lunchcounter Rapid,” prompting Dave to turn the river into his ‘office’—his only goal to give tourists from all over the world the same experience he got from the Snake, hoping to show others the love he found in the water. 

Today, over 50 years later, Dave Hansen Whitewater offers both whitewater rafting and scenic river trips for the entire family (yes, we would love to take your 96-year-old grandpa!). Our foundational value is hard work and gratitude, and we are thrilled to take down people from all over the world. We are committed to giving our guests a fun and memorable experience while still giving back to the place we are lucky to call home. Our vibrant and well-trained guides are dedicated to giving you a river education while, of course, getting you soaked!  Our business embodies the motto: “the river cures all,” and because of that our guarantee to you is that you will get off the raft smiling, laughing, and wanting more.

We want to express our gratitude to our valley, our employees, and our customers for helping us turn 9 years in a row to 10! We are beyond grateful to the Snake, the river community and everything the Jackson Hole valley does to support this beautiful area.  We hope to continue to give back to our community through donating to many essential local non profits (such as Teton County School District Summer School, SPED, and Activity Programs, Camp Jackson, Van Vleck House, Snake River Fund 5th Graders,  Jackson Hole Youth Soccer, Habitat for Humanity) and using our name and reputation to build a culture of gratitude, laughter, and love. Thank you to everyone who has helped get us this far and we can’t wait to turn 10 years running to 11!

Need to book a trip? Reservations can be made online at, or over the phone! Feel free to give us a call at (307)733-6295 or shoot us an email at We can’t wait to get you down the river!


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