Are you looking for your next adventure? One of the most thrilling activities out there is white water rafting. If you’re looking for wet and wild fun in the great outdoors, this is the perfect activity for you. Visitors and locals alike have discovered that Idaho is one of the best white water rafting destinations in the U.S. 

3 of the Best White Water Rafting Destinations in Idaho

If you’re planning your next white water rafting trip to Idaho, you’re in luck; the team at Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch is here to help. Our elk ranch in Idaho has helped outdoors enthusiasts find adventure since 2007, and you could be next. Read on for our recommendations on the best white water rafting locations in Idaho.

Salmon River

Nicknamed the “River of No Return,” the Salmon River is known for its gorgeous scenery and fantastic white water rafting. The river offers Class II to IV rapids, so if you’re venturing out on your own, we recommend having an advanced skill level. While the Top and Lower Salmon are great white water rafting spots, the Middle Fork is the hotspot. Tappan Falls and Devil’s Tooth are some of the natural highlights when paddling this section of the river, though you’re sure to encounter endless beauty along the way. 

The Hoback Portion of  Snake River

Admittedly, this white water rafting option isn’t in Idaho but right across the border in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. However, it’s just a short drive from the ranch, and a large portion of the Snake River winds through Idaho, so it deserves a spot on the list. The Hoback portion of Snake River is famous for the Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna rapids, two thrilling rapids that are sure to bring some excitement to your white water rafting experience.

Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon is quite a drive from our Newdale ranch, but we’d be remiss to list the best places to go white water rafting in Idaho without including it. Shockingly, Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America, even larger than the Grand Canyon. Permits to raft the Snake River are incredibly competitive, so your best bet is to go with a professional rafting tour company. 

There’s More Idaho Adventures Back at the Ranch

After experiencing the best white water rafting in Idaho, come back and find even more excitement at Rocky Mountain Elk Ranch. In addition to guided elk hunts, there are also opportunities for fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and golfing. Our lodge provides comfortable accommodations in Newdale. For more information, please visit our about us page or call 208-351-7301.