Float the Famed Snake River

Floating the Famed Snake River in Jackson Hole Offers a Fresh Perspective

The Snake River winds itself through much of the Pacific Northwest of the United States including the Jackson Hole Valley. Why not follow its path during your stay to see the spectacular sites from its perspective?

Float Trips through Grand Teton National Park are something everyone should have (and knock off) their bucket list. Spring Creek Ranch will set you up with the float trip that’s right for you and your family.

Snake River Whitewater Rafting Float Trips

Barker-Ewing Whitewater Rafting - Drenched but smiling!

Barker-Ewing Whitewater Rafting - Drenched but smiling! Photo: Barker-Ewing


The Snake River is internationally known as one of the best and most consistent white water adventures in North America.

Running through rapids with names like the Big Kahuna, Three Oar Deal, the California Curl, Taco Roll, and Lunch Counter, you know that you are in for a top-notch adventure.

On a scale from I-VI, the rapids on the Snake River are class II-III during normal water flows and are termed, “pool and drop,” which means they are spaced out with calm water sections in between.

You don’t need any experience to whitewater raft and it’s a great activity for most people. Usually the minimum age is six years old, but can change with varying river conditions. Spring Creek Ranch representatives will set you up with the right trip and may even recount some of their own tales from firsthand experience.

Whitewater Rafting Float Trip Essentials

Spring Creek’s qualified whitewater rafting outfitters provide type V personal floatation devices (PFD’s), or “life jackets,” and shuttles to and from the float. You should dress in clothes that can get wet like swimsuits or quick-dry shorts, avoiding cotton and relying on wool or polypro layers if you need warmth. Wear water shoes like Teva or Chaco sandals (but, they shouldn’t be flip flops or the slip-on type) or sneakers that can get wet. If you wear sunglasses, use a retention device like Croakies, so they won’t get lost if they come off. Wear plenty of sunscreen and bring some water.

Since whitewater rafting is a wet activity by nature, you could consider bringing a change of clothes and a towel along to leave in the shuttle car or bus in case you get wet. Don’t bring binoculars or a camera along, unless they are waterproof. Some outfitters sell disposable, waterproof cameras. A local company called Float O Graphs will take your picture while you are going through either Big Kahuna or Lunch Counter rapids. They are located in the town of Jackson and photos of your trip can be viewed after you get back from town or online when you get home.

Snake River Scenic Float Trips

Solitude Scenic Float Trip - What Wildlife Will You See? Photo: Solitude

Solitude Scenic Float Trip - What Wildlife Will You See? Photo: Solitude


A scenic float trip down the Snake River is a perfect way to see wildlife in their natural habitat peacefully going about their daily lives without the intrusive nature of a vehicle. In the summertime, Grand Teton Park teems with wildlife such as elk, moose, deer, bison, eagles, osprey, a large variety of ducks, song birds, and small mammals.

View all this with the awe-inspiring Teton Range as backdrop. Chances are high that you’ll learn a lot about the area and its animal inhabitants, as well. The Valley’s tour guides have countless river trips under their belts and often have educational expertise in wildlife biology, geology or other related fields.

Photo opportunities abound on your tranquil float down the river. Bring a camera and have it ready for special wildlife sightings and unfathomable Teton views. Guides will often alert you to popular photo ops or those with historical significance, so listen up!

Scenic Float Trip Essentials

Spring Creek’s qualified outfitters provide personal floatation devices (PFD’s) and usually rain panchos, and shuttles to and from the float. You should dress in casual clothes (including layers like a sweater/jacket in case of cooler temps) and wear soft-soled shoes, and bring sunglasses, sunscreen, binoculars and a camera. It’s recommended to have a secure strap to hold binoculars or cameras, so that they do not fall into the water, and maybe even a dry bag.

Spring Creek’s Packages and Specials

The Spring Creek Ranch Summer Adventure Package includes whitewater rafting. Find a Spring Creek Ranch summer special that’s perfect for you during this magical time! Call today to learn more about packages and specials (800) 443-6139.

Saddle up! Horseback Riding is Here.

Spring Creek Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole Offers a Grand Time

Horseback Riding at Spring Creek Ranch Stables - Jackson Hole, WY

Horseback riding in Jackson Hole offers a priceless way to experience sweeping mountain views and live the wild west lifestyle. Spring Creek Ranch is the only lodging option located close to town and the “Westbank” with stables on site, and guests and non-guests alike are invited up for an affordable and unforgettable ride.

Beginners and experts and all ages are welcome! You’ll be matched with a four-legged friend that suits your experience level. Choose a guided horseback ride atop the East Gros Ventre Butte with Spring Creek Ranch’s W.W. Guides. Unique views of the Teton Range, Sleeping Indian, Gros Ventre Range, Jackson Hole valley, and the town of Jackson are available to you at about 7000 ft. (plus about 16 hands) from the top of the horse. Rides are offered for one to four hours.

Breakfast/Dinner Horseback Rides are also available. Take a one-hour ride with Spring Creek Ranch’s W.W. Guides atop the ridge at Spring Creek with a hearty meal to follow outside the corral area. Minimum of six people. All ages welcome.

“Like most trail rides, the horses know the way. Our guide rode up front and the 6 of us all followed in a line. The views were stunning. We saw Jackson’s downtown area and Snow King as well as sweeping views of Grand Teton National Park and the famed Tetons.” — Painted Buffalo

Spring Creek Ranch Horseback Riding Essentials

Spring Creek Ranch Jackson Hole, WY - Horseback Riding
Experienced wranglers will saddle and fetch a horse for you. Experts in “equine sciences,” they’ll take a quick history of your horse ability, suss you up, and bring you the “proper” steed, like “Little Joe,” “Dusty,” “Major,” etc. All you have to do is step up off the stool and grab hold of the reins and go!

Dress comfortably in long pants like jeans and, as always in Jackson Hole, bring a few layers in case it gets cold. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended since the sun at high altitude is particularly strong. Boots or sneakers are suitable for horse friendly footwear.

If you want to wear a cowboy hat or cowboy boots, there are plenty of places to shop for them in town.

Après Horseback Riding

Spring Creek Ranch - Horseback Riding in Jackson Hole
Horseback riding in Jackson Hole will undoubtedly work up a good appetite for you. Good thing Spring Creek has several choices for you to quell your appetite and quench your thirst! Check out the Granary restaurant or bar for a relaxing bite and drink while taking in the best view of the valley.

Tired or sore after a day in the saddle? No problem, après at the Spring Creek Ranch spa. You could opt for one the spa’s famous massages, sit in the sauna, and soak in the hot tub.

Spring Creek Ranch Horseback Riding Packages and Review

Make horseback riding a part of your Spring Creek Ranch Summer Adventure Package or come on up even if you’re not a guest. Contact us at 800.443.6139 to reserve your spot.

Read a recent review of Spring Creek Ranch Horseback Riding here. There are more reviews that feature comments about horseback riding available at Trip Advisor.

“Great views, great horses. Nice location and great riding stable with very well trained and responsive horses.” — DrMaryC from Trip Advisor

Spring Sightings Gallery

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Spring is a wonderful time for watching wildlife. Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are less busy, animals are moving around and coming out of hibernation, or returning from their “winter homes.” Check out the below gallery of some of … Continue reading

Landscape Photography in the Tetons

Jackson Hole is famous across the planet as one of the best locations for wildlife and landscape photography. Our naturalist programs make the most of this by offering photo safaris twice per week throughout the year. This week, we explored Grand Teton National Park with cameras, tripods and lenses to find historic barns, abundant wildlife and expansive mountain views. Taking advantage of our Spring wildflowers, we took a 20-minute walk to find this meadow of daisys with the majestic Teton range providing the perfect photographic backdrop (seen in the image below).

Jackson Hole Landscape Photography

Newborn Mammals

One of the packages that we are currently promoting here at Spring Creek Ranch focuses on the fact that June and July is a wonderful time of year to see wild newborn animals. Appropriately, our safaris have had excellent sightings of these particularly cute critters during the past couple of weeks. Each of the images below were taken on recent wildlife safaris and include (from left to right) a grizzly bear cub up a tree, a bison calf, elk calf, coyote pups playing and a moose calf (with a very protective mom nearby.)

Newborn Animals - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson, WY

Moose & Elk on the Move

Moose and Elk on the Move in Jackson Hole, WY - Spring Creek Ranch
It is a relatively quiet time in Jackson Hole in terms of people but one of the best times to view wildlife. Ground squirrels have finally emerged from their long hibernation, migratory birds such as bluebirds, cranes, red-tail and Swainson’s Hawks have returned and the large hoofed mammals are on the move toward their Summer ranges.

Today, we watched a pair of coyotes chasing bighorn sheep, a porcupine foraging in an open meadow, and a northern shrike along with over a dozen moose, thousands of elk and mule deer. Elk and moose aren’t typically found in the same habitats but we were fortunate to observe both (the two largest members of the deer family) side by side as they browsed and migrated through Grand Teton National Park.

Regal (Reagle?)

Regal Eagle in Jackson Hole, WY - Spring Creek Ranch
Wildlife watching began early on today’s safari since we encountered a red fox hunting within about a minute. This fox has been seen frequently around Spring Creek Ranch lately, taking advantage of the vast undeveloped land within this property. Another highlight came toward the end of the safari when we found this bald eagle perched in Grand Teton National Park. The warm, sunny weather today enhanced the experience even more.

Big Bad Wolf

Big, Bad Wolf - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
The last few safaris have been absolutely phenomenal with excellent sightings and interesting behaviors observed. This black wolf was seen in Grand Teton National Park along with a gray-colored wolf nearby and was one of many great animals seen.

Other sightings included moose browsing on cottonwood trees, a young golden eagle attacking bighorn sheep, mountain goats navigating steep cliffs, and a porcupine perched in a tree.

Our Most Common Reptile

Snake - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks aren’t the best place to live for amphibians and reptiles, but we still see snakes occasionally and the garter snake is by far the most common snake here.

This garter was spotted this morning near Wilson, Wyoming and can be seen “smelling” the surroundings with its tongue. The forked tongue allows it to smell in stereo which is an asset when hunting prey.