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Rafting in Yellowstone National Park

The scenic rivers in the park offer great fun during a whitewater rafting adventure

Best time: May–September

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Whitewater rafting is an excellent way to escape the heat of the sun and enjoy the power of water. The rivers of Yellowstone National Park offer an unforgettable rafting adventure. The rapids of the Gallatin, Yellowstone, Green, and Snake rivers have various difficulty levels ranging from class II to class IV.

Thus, whether you want to relax and float through marveling the amazing scenery or are looking for a real thrill, everything can be found here.

The season also matters. During May and June the water level is high and the speed of the flow is faster. This is a perfect season for more extreme adventurers. From July till September the water level gets lower and slower. Mid-July is a perfect time for first timers and family fun.

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When is the best time to go whitewater rafting in Yellowstone National Park?

Late May to early September is the best time to go whitewater rafting in Yellowstone National Park. The rivers have safe water levels during this period, and you can enjoy rafting whether you're a first-timer or an experienced adventurer. For experienced rafters, May and June provide an excellent challenge. If you're a beginner, the best month to go is in mid-July when the water levels are ideal for all types of adventurers. Show more

Where can one find the best rapids in Yellowstone National Park?

There are several rivers to choose from for whitewater rafting in Yellowstone National Park, each with varying difficulty levels, from class II to class IV. You can find challenging rapids in the Gallatin River, the Yellowstone River, the Green River, and the Snake River. The rivers offer rafters an unforgettable experience as they flow through stunning landscapes. Show more

What is the difficulty level of the rapids in the park's rivers?

Yellowstone National Park's rivers offer a range of difficulty levels that cater to different levels of experience. Class II and III rapids are recommended for beginners and families with kids, while class IV is for more experienced rafters. Additionally, the water levels impact rapids' intensity, with higher water levels providing faster rapids and more challenging experiences. Show more

What kind of gear is necessary for a successful rafting trip?

To have a successful rafting trip in Yellowstone National Park, tour operators provide participants with necessary gear such as Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), wetsuits, paddles, and helmets. Participants may come in with their river shoes or sandals with good grip. Tour Operators also provide wetsuits and helmets to fit sizing. As rafting in Yellowstone involves exposure to the sun it is essential to wear sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Show more

Are there any age restrictions or fitness level requirements for rafting in the park?

The minimum age to join rafting at Yellowstone National Park varies with the tour operator and the river, but most operators expect a minimum age of six years. There is no maximum age limit, however, participants should be fit enough to handle the physical demands of paddling through rapids. Guided rafting trips or inflatable kayaks offer less physically demanding alternatives and are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Show more

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