A Montana favorite. White Water Rafting Trips on the Gallatin River near Yellowstone in Big Sky, Montana. The Closest Rafting to West Yellowstone.
Half Day Rafting Trips on the Gallatin River in Big Sky Montana. 3 hours round trip, depart hourly between 9am and 4 pm daily.
Class III-IV Most Exciting
This Gallatin River whitewater rafting trip, near Yellowstone, is in Big Sky Montana. Rafting the Gallatin River is so popular because the thrills never seem to end.
Under the fantastic rock walls of the Gallatin Canyon, you’ll plunge through the Gallatin River's most famous rapids like Screaming Left, around House Rock, and down the Mad Mile.
Rafters of all experience levels can’t get enough of this incredible ride on the Yellowstone's regions most exciting whitewater rafting adventure. The closest rafting to West Yellowstone! All trips depart from Big Sky, Montana.
Minimum age restrictions vary with water conditions. Additionally, this trip may not always be available during certain high water times in the early summer.
Class II-III Not as rough, but wet!
A perennial favorite, this is a super fun cruise through towering rock formations and some of the Gallatin River's most popular rapids.
This is typically the best Gallatin River rafting trip for families with young children from May to July 1st.
A few good soakings and the occasional wildlife sighting make this a great adventure. This is one of the Yellowstone regions best trips for first timers and white water rafting with young children. The closest rafting to West Yellowstone, Montana. All trips depart from Big Sky, Montana.
Availability in August is water level dependent.
During high water this trip is a wet ride with big class III rapids, minimum age varies based on river conditions.
Class I-II Gentle Cruise
The Gallatin River's most gentle trip but one of our favorites!
Our grand scenic tour glides you through the shadows of Lone Mountain, one of the Yellowstone regions iconic peaks located in Big Sky, Montana. This scenic rafting float meanders through the upper canyon and meadows of the Gallatin River. We may even come upon deer, elk, moose, or bear.
A great trip for anyone who desires a mellow cruise through stunning scenery, soaking up all the Big Sky, Montana has to offer. The closest rafting to West Yellowstone. All trips depart from Big Sky, Montana.
Availability in August is water level dependent.
Full Day White Water Rafting Trip on the Gallatin River
Includes lunch, more whitewater and the best rafting value!
Arrive at 9:30 am and return around 4 pm.
Whether you just can't get enough of the guide's humor or you're just hoping for the best day on the river, the Full Day Rafting Trip on the Gallatin River is your adventure. Nothing beats pushing off into the Gallatin river on a clear sunny morning in anticipation of the days fun to be had.
The morning starts out relatively calm. Enjoy the sounds of nature, the Gallatin River's amazing scenery and maybe an occasional wildlife sighting. We try to stay dry and comfortable for a bit but that comes to an end as we navigate some of the Gallatin River's upper rapids like Portal Creek and Sheepeater.
At lunch time we pull over and enjoy a picnic lunch featuring Big Sky's #1 rated sandwich. Don't worry you don't have to make your own here...
There will be time to use a restroom before we continue and then we'll gear up for the afternoon's thrills. This is where the Gallatin River lives up to it's reputation. Rapids like Screaming Left, Hilarity Hole and the infamous Mad Mile await. If you aren't wet enough by the end, we can always stop off at one of our favorite swimming holes before the end of the trip.
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Rafting and Zipline
You'll never forget this day! Our most popular package and the region's best value for rafting and zipline adventure.
Join us for an awesome half day of whitewater rafting… then visit Montana’s largest and newest Zipline Adventure Park! These activities can be split into separate days as well.
Located in West Yellowstone, the Zipline Park is within walking distance of most hotels and only 3 blocks from the West entrance of Yellowstone.
The Zipline Adventure Park features over a 1000' of ziplining thrills on 4 different, family oriented ziplines. Even more exciting is the giant ropes course, featuring 49 challenge elements including spiderwebs, rope bridges, log bridges and much more.
From 14' to 50’ off the ground, it offers an experience that will both thrill and challenge adventurers of all ages and levels.
Check out the video above to get an idea of how fun this is...
Kids, four and five years old, will enjoy the Junior Ranger Course. The Junior course has 5 fun elements, 14' off the ground...
*Kids aged 4 and 6 can do the Junior Ranger course $29 per person...
Rafting and Horseback Adventure
Currently unavailable. Please call Canyon Adventures at 406-995-4450 to book horseback riding separately.
Begin your day with any of our half day rafting adventures. After rafting you will have time to change, check out the cool slideshow of your trip and have time to get a local lunch.
Next you will drive (or walk!) the 1/4 of a mile to the stables for a 2 hour horseback ride. This horseback ride will take us through the meadows of the Porcupine Game Range in Big Sky, Montana. The ride features panoramic vistas of surrounding mountains and great views of the Gallatin River. Bring your camera!