As winter loses its grasp on the landscape, snow turns to runoff, water levels rise, and whitewater rafting adventures begin in Wyoming. Whether you’re a first-time rafter with a family in tow or a seasoned veteran of whitewater, you’ll find a rafting trip designed for people like you in Wyoming. There are plenty of rafting outfitters to meet your needs, and they’ll provide you with all the gear you need as well as their expert instruction. With half-day, full-day and overnight excursions, you can choose the duration and intensity of your trip. The rafting season runs from mid-May to late September, and the highest flows come at the beginning of the season as snow melts into the rivers. Here are the top places for whitewater rafting in Wyoming:

Wind River Canyon near Thermopolis

A mere 12 miles long with 2,500-foot walls, the narrow Wind River Canyon cuts a deep swath through the plains. Class II and III rapids are the norm, but don’t underestimate the power of the Class V waves that appear at high water levels, drawing the high rollers of the rafting world out of the woodwork. From start to finish, the canyon drops an astounding 200 feet and ensures a thrilling ride through its 3-billion-year-old rock gullet. Learn more about rafting the Wind River.

Snake River near Jackson

The six-foot wall of water known as the Big Kahuna is the main attraction in the Snake River. Once named the “accursed mad river,” this eight-mile stretch of rapid-riddled water has a personality all its own. A series of rock ledges mark the narrow Sheep Gulch channel, providing bounding Class II and III rapids that propel you through some of Wyoming’s most gorgeous scenery.

Shoshone River near Cody

If scenery is your main goal, the North Fork of the Shoshone River just outside the East Entrance of Yellowstone meanders through the brilliant red cliffs of Red Rock Canyon, giving you a chance to spot some of Wyoming’s famous wildlife. In between stretches of floating along peacefully, a series of rapids keep the ride exhilarating.

The best way to whitewater raft in Wyoming is with an experienced guide. With several to choose from, you can’t go wrong. View a list of all of Wyoming’s rafting guides here. 

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