Mad River Boat Trips

Mad River Boat Trips

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In a Nutshell

Navigate the twists and turns of Snake River Canyon while expert guides pointing out the geology and history that make this area unique

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Promotional value expires Aug 23, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Must be 6 or older. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Promotional value expires August 23rd. Operates in all weather. Wetsuits are available for rent. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

Trips launch at 4:30 p.m.

Mad River Boat Trips

We spoke with KC Bess—operations manager and river guide for Mad River Boat Trips—about what to expect on your trip and why you want to get splashed.

On the Snake River

"It's a great river for your first trip," says KC. The relatively high volume of water and the lack of rocks mean that the runs are straightforward—and exciting. Tall, clean waves are common, and the rapids are "kind of like riding a roller coaster while getting buckets of water dumped on you."

On braving whitewater rapids

If passengers are a bit apprehensive about the rapids, KC suggests sitting near the guide at the back of the raft, where the ride is a bit more gentle. Once people are comfortable, he usually encourages them to move up a bit — where they can enjoy the thrill of hitting the waves. "Sit up front. Go all the way and have fun with your first time," he says. "It's worth it."

On nature

Every trip is different, but KC always likes getting out onto the water, experiencing how intricately connected the natural world is. "It's fascinating how it all works together," he says. He keeps an eye out for ospreys, eagerly explaining how the birds are the perfect hunters: hovering above the river, plunging five feet beneath the water, and then emerging with a fish dangling between their talons.

On bringing the whole family

Most of the whitewater trips are suitable for children as young as 6, and KC loves when parents bring kids along. Younger passengers tend to relish the adventure almost more than the adults; but, more importantly, KC sees whitewater runs as an immersive way to introduce children to the natural world. "Kids don't get that kind of experience very often," he says.

Customer Reviews

205 Ratings

Awesome, awesome experience. Great guides, nice equipment, and helpful staff. The trip itself is epic and the lunch stopover was delicious and scenic. Highly recommend for families as our kids still race about it.
Tiggervis S. · October 29, 2016
Great service from start to finish. Rob was a great guide and we had a very nice gentleman that drove us to and from the river--can't remember his name--but he had beautiful brown curly hair locks. Super fun activity. We are going to go next year as well.
Karie S. · August 31, 2016
I was late and they accomadated me very friendly
Kris B. · June 30, 2016
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    Mad River Boat Trips

    1255 S Hwy. 89

    Jackson, WY 83001

    +18004587238

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