Dave Hansen Whitewater

Dave Hansen Whitewater and Scenic River Trips, West Broadway, Jackson, WY, USA

Since 1967, Dave Hansen Whitewater has been leading scenic and whitewater float trips down the Snake River for people of all ages. They create amazing river adventures that offer incredible views of the Tetons and tons of opportunities to see wildlife – when you’re not blasting into the next chilly rapid, that is! Dave Hansen Whitewater is one of the oldest river rafting companies in Jackson Hole, and they work tirelessly to make each trip their guests take safe and fun.

We are a family run operation that truly understands the importance of creating memories that will be with you forever. Whether it is busting through Lunch Counter and getting you soaked, or getting everyone laughing from tall tales of the Snake, our goal is to be the highlight of your vacation,” says owner Bud Chatham.

Our local voters agree. They have bestowed Gold on Dave Hansen Whitewater for Best Rafting Company seven years in a row! 

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  • Roy Johnson   Sep 09, 2021

    I was pleasantly surprised by how fun this was. I kinda expected it to be too much of a "float" but there were a couple of nice rapids that made it exciting for those who haven't done a rafting trip before. The guides were superb; friendly, knowledgeable, and witty. The only suggestion I would make is to improve the check in process. We waited a little longer to get going than was necessary. I'd still recommend this company and doing this excursion for anyone wanting a sense of what going down rapids is like with minimal physical ability required.

  • Sierra Olsen   Aug 21, 2021

    We recently went on a whitewater rafting trip with Dave Hansen and it was top notch. From the moment we walked in the door we were directed to exactly where we needed to be and what we needed to do. The people at Dave Hansen's have this process down pat, while also maintaining the personal feel that comes with a tourist attraction. Roger, our guide down the river, was excellent as well. I felt immediately at ease as we educated us about safety measures once we got on the boat. Roger also enhanced the rest of our trip by giving us recommendations on places to go and see once we left the river. Overall amazing experience!

  • Siri Brown   Sep 09, 2021

    We just had the time of our lives. Dave Hansen made it relaxing, entertaining, funny. Our guide was safe and professional yet laid back and kept us laughing. I went up there for the first time in 25 years. I used to go amateur rafting as a kid, and now want to take my kids. I needed to go with a group first to get my confidence level up before getting my own boat. Brian (our guide) was very encouraging, recommending types of rafts to buy, and giving general advice about the river. As a kid, I always felt sorry for the people on the professional rafts, as I perceived myself to be having more fun on an amateur raft with a group of family and friends. That’s what made this trip such a surprise. It was every bit as cool as our amateur trips, plus not everyone can buy a 16 man raft and take it down class 3 whitewater. These places provide access for everyone else. Genuinely loved our day with Dave Hansen.

  • Nancy Martin   Sep 17, 2021

    We did the Dave Hansen float trip on the Snake River. Our group of 4 LOVED everything about this experience. The staff called me directly to update me on a time change; then from the time we arrived, boarded the bus for a 10 minute ride, given instructions, and boarded the raft was a great experience. The float guides were all so friendly and ours, named Brice was amazing!! It was one of the best things we choose in our itinerary with breathtaking beautiful scenery, relaxing, and entertaining by our great guide Brice! We saw so many Bald Eagles we lost count!! I would highly recommend Dave Hansen, and plan to use them again the next time we come back! Thanks for a GREAT experience!!

  • Luke Hartig   Aug 17, 2021

    Amazing experience. Expert, fun guides, top end equipment, professional, safe, and fun all the way around. Highly recommend Dave Hansen Whitewater. Be sure to check out the cool DHWW swag too. Went again in Aug 2021. Every bit as good, if not better, than last time around. Dave Hansen never disappoints. Best trips, best guides, nicest gear -- cannot be beat!

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