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Road Trippin': Interacting with the ecosystem with a scenic float in Jackson Hole

Road Trippin': Scenic float tour just outside Jackson, Wyoming

Road Trippin’ presented by Sprads RV continues on the third and final leg of the series. After a couple of days exploring Grand Teton National Park and the surrounding areas of Jackson Hole, we made our way down to the town of Jackson, Wyo., itself.

This was my second visit to Jackson, having visited a few winters ago to go skiing at nearby Jackson Hole as well as Grand Targhee. It’s a beautiful town that has been able to preserve a western vibe with landmarks like the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The town square is rimmed by four archway entrances rimmed in elk antlers, paying tribute to the nearby National Elk Refuge (which is also a really cool place to visit in the winter, when you can take a sleigh ride through the snow).

Our first activity while staying in Jackson was a morning float trip with Barker-Ewing Whitewater, which offers an array of trips in the area. Since commercial filming is prohibited on the whitewater section of the the Snake River, we were limited to taking more of a mellow scenic float on a section of private land that Barker-Ewing has access to. And it did not disappoint.

Unfortunately, wildfire smoke from California made its way up the Jackson Hole area, which diminished our view of the area including the surrounding Teton mountains, but we still had a great time getting out on the water and experiencing the Snake River for the second time on our trip (we also went kayaking in Twin Falls, Idaho).

Our guide, Evan Toal, explained some of the advantages of getting out on the water.

“Usually people are driving around in their cars or even on a tour bus and they are seeing the scenery from a window,” Toal said. “Being on the river allows you to interact with the ecosystem. It allows you to take in the sights from a different perspective. It allows you to hear and smell things that you wouldn’t normally see or smell or hear.

“There’s nothing that comes close to a good river trip. You get really intimately attached to the experience."

Our trip lasted about an hour and was a smooth ride down a beautiful section of the Snake River that included spotting a bald eagle. Toal expertly glided the large raft around corner and rocks for a smooth ride.

It was a relaxing, beautiful and informative experience that I would recommend as part of a trip to the Jackson Hole area.

Next time, we wrap up this third and final leg of Road Trippin’ with a stop at Snow King Mountain to try out some of their summer adventure offerings.

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