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Scenic Float on the Yellowstone River
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Scenic Float on the Yellowstone River

By Wild West Whitewater Rafting
Recommended by 93% of travellers
93% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-92, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • Professional guide
  • Water shoes
What's not included
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Start:
  • 129 US Hwy 89 S, Gardiner, MT 59030, USA
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7874P6

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Scenic Float on the Yellowstone River?
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Scenic Float on the Yellowstone River on Tripadvisor

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    • Wild West Whitewater Rafting
      1,640
      Gardiner, United States
      Joined in August 2009
    • craiggZ6617MQ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Experience!
      Girl’s trip for lifelong friends. It just couldn't have been any better. The views, the weather and the guide. JT was awesome! I highly recommend.
      Written 4 October 2023
    • F5027IKsamt
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Family Trip
      Went on a trip with my mom, wife, and 2 daughters and had a great time! It was my mom and daughters first time rafting so the level was perfect for first timers and we all can't wait to go again and try the next level up!
      Written 26 September 2023
    • U6299FMrobertm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Over and above service and attitude!
      It was peaceful and beautiful and we had a raft to ourselves! Even though they only had the 2 of us for a tour, they didn't cancel it! Tom even watched our dog with his dog Eddy. He cared for her as if she was his own! They went WAY out of their way! Pat was also amazing! Matt was an awesome guide and we talked his ear off..They all had great attitudes and showed us wonderful hospitality! We loved it and would recommend them to anyone!
      Written 23 September 2023
    • JFouts8199
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      2 Hour Scenic Raft Trip
      I was able to book the reservation a few weeks out due to the slower time of year. I originally booked a 3pm time. I was contacted the week before & asked if I would be willing to move up to the 1pm time due to having room on that raft & no other takers on the 3pm. I was happy to be flexible & accommodate. Easy office location to find in Gardiner. Everyone was friendly & helpful from the start, including Eddie the black lab! We did pre sign the waivers before hand, but had to sign again. Not sure why that was, but no biggie. Kaleigh, our guide, did an excellent job of fitting your life jacket, & getting your water shoes if you didn't bring your own. The van ride to the put in spot was quick & close by. Eddie rode along with us to make sure the site was okay =). Quick pose for the first photo with Electric Mtn in the background. The walk down to the put in spot is a little steep & slippery to navigate, so take your time. Due to the low level of the Yellowstone this time of year, getting into the boat is a little tricky as well. The staff are very up front about all this, and are more than happy to help you get there! Once everyone is loaded, the second pose for a group photo along with shots of you departing for your adventure. Kaleigh will navigate you down the calm areas & through the small rapids smoothly. There will be some splashes here & there, but nothing you shouldn't dry out from quickly. She will also give you plenty of information on all you are seeing during the trip, as well as some great Dad jokes along the way! We seen some wildlife as well, including an elk with her little one in the water next to the bank & an osprey perched overhead hunting the waters. Also said hello to several folks fly fishing. Take out location was a long stretch of rocks to navigate, also due to the time of year & water level. Take your time & you will be fine. The staff will help out as well if you feel unsure of your footing. On the bus trip back, Kaleigh will fill you in on all the local hot spots to check out if you decide to stay a little longer in Gardiner. In all, it was a great stress free experience. I will definitely use them again on future outings, and recommend you give them a try! Personal note - Even though this is a scenic float, you will get wet! At the very least, your feet will get & stay wet during the trip. Remember this is a raft, not a full bottom boat. Want to keep them dry, bring your hip waders lol! Also the river is going to do whatever it likes, so splashes are inevitable =)
      Written 22 September 2023
    • thiltgenf
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun, Friendly and helpful
      We came with a group of friends. Fortunate to have perfect weather. We are older & the guides were very helpful, kind & fun. Lots of laughs & smiles. We truly enjoyed the day. Waters were not to rough but, not uneventful either. Only thing I could wish was better would be a better walkway but, as I mentioned the guides were true gentleman and very helpful getting us to & from the boat. Shout out to our main guide Matthew for doing a fantastic job & to tell his mother he is alive & doing great .😊
      Written 21 September 2023
    • 639waynes
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good experience overall
      We had a family of five (parents with 3 kids) that did a full day of rafting. The staff was very friendly. Although we completed all the waivers in advance, we still had to have each person sign something on-site before going out. I don't quite follow having minors (our youngest was 13 years old) sign a legal contract as I seriously doubt that would hold up in court, but I imagine a lawyer or insurance agent told them to do this. A slight annoyance at requiring my children to sign such statements. It was quick to and from the rafting site. The water was a lot colder than we thought it would be. It was uncomfortably cold to the point that none of us wanted to fall in. We've rafted in other states including during Sept and was surprised by this part. Lunch was ok. Sandwiches and chips with lemonade and water. No effort to customize the lunches. Pretty much had a small assortment and it was every person for him or herself to grab one you may like. Guide did a good job trying to keep folks entertained and make it fun. On the return bus ride, maybe a missed opportunity to not have beverages (adult beverages, sodas) on the bus. I've been on other rafting trips where they did this and it was a great way to end the day. We pre-paid for the photos. This is one regret. I've done this on other rafting trips and there is usually someone in a kayak riding ahead and taking photos at each location and it turns out really cool. In this package, they had one person on land who went to a single location and took the pictures from the land. So all of the photos you purchase are of this single location and that's it, except for the two pictures they take before you start off on the trip. Wasn't blown away by that part. To be fair, based on this being in large part a "Float" more than active rapids, that location was probably the best for photos. Overall, I would use them again if I wanted to repeat that trip.
      Written 19 September 2023
    • AmyH341
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great scenic trip with Kaleigh!!!
      We had such a fun time on the scenic trip down the Yellowstone River. Our guide, Kaleigh, did an amazing job navigating us. We even got to see Elk in the river! We had some wind and rain close to our pull out spot and her exceptional strength and endurance was simply amazing!!! Be aware.... for the older participants (my parents are 78/79), entering and exiting the raft is quite hazardous.
      Written 19 September 2023
    • Marisa123123
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Whitewater rafting
      This was an amazing experience! First time in the Yellowstone area, and Kaylee did an amazing job telling us about all the sights and places to visit while rafting down the Yellowstone River. 10/10 recommend this excursion for yourself or your group. Great job Kaylee!!!
      Written 17 September 2023
    • mothership745
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great team work
      Easy to book online and the team was very welcoming on arrival. Matt was a great guide and with just 4 on our raft we had a lot of laughs, made friends and enjoyed a post river meal with them. Great job Wild West Rafting! I'll be back next year!
      Written 14 September 2023
    • Debra M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      September rafting
      Great guide. Saw lots of wildlife, including many elk and some birds and .an eagle. Beautiful scenery. Since it was the end of the summer rapids were slow, but we saw more because of that. Expect earlier in the summer it would be a little more wild with less to see because you’ll be going faster. Either way, it would be great!!
      Written 12 September 2023
    • U3649SGkatelyns
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Exciting and breathtaking
      The views were gorgeous, and wildlife was abundant. We saw plenty of dear, eagles, osprey, and more!
      Written 11 September 2023
    • 740lyannec
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Family Fun
      We had a great time on our rafting trip. Our guide was great and lots of fun. The rapids were very mild and not intense at all so it is very kid friendly. Great family trip overall.
      Written 9 September 2023
    • justbeingchristy
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Experience!!
      From the minute we walked in the door, everyone including the sweet pups were welcoming. All instructions were clear and easy to understand. Even in the rain our rafting ride was fantastic. Our guide was funny and told lots of stories, which made for a interesting trip. The bus ride back was iconic. Don't forget to sign the bus!!! I thought the photos that were offered for purchase at the end were a bit overpriced but all in all, we enjoyed every second. I would definitely recommend Wild West Whitewater Rafting.
      Written 5 September 2023
    • V4110OUsusanm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The Yelklowstone at it's finest!
      We had a wonderful time, very professional, and fun. The perfect day on the river! I am a true River Rat and have know brought the majority of my family down the Yellowstone, this trip was extra special!
      Written 4 September 2023
    • terentias2017
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Two seniors on a raft
      We had an awesome time with our guide, Bailey! It was an amazing experience for our first time rafting and the views along the way were breathtaking.
      Written 3 September 2023
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    tacoxx
    Elizabethtown, KY23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020
    Amazing time on this float. Our guide, JT, asked if we wanted to get wet or stay dry. We all chose to get wet but yet it was not drenching and we were still able to have our cell phones out at times to take pictures. Would highly recommend this for people with small children or adults that are not wanting to get soaked.
    Written 4 August 2020
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    hotelIdealist
    Orlando, FL65 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021
    The staff are a great bunch of people but there were some serious safety issues. I've been on a lot of kayaking excursions so I know a lot about the logistics of the put-in and take-out process. Rafting should be no different.

    Severe safety issues
    1) Our boat was the less dangerous scenic river ride but our other family members did the white water rafting. None of were provided helmets.
    2) Out boat had 14 people in it and very crowded. It was so heavy, two customers had to hop out and get it past the rocks to launch, and another time the staff rower had to get out again to get it off the rocks.
    3) Some members of my party complained that their rafting guide was ‘out of it’ having being up for the last 36 hours.
    4) Both buses were packed elbow to elbow even with the whole aisle full of people on the way to the put in point.
    5) Towards the put in point, the bus was going down a treacherous unpaved roadway down to the shore.
    6) Customers had to walk over a very dangerous rocky part of the shore just to get to the rafts.
    7) Guides rushing after trip not proactively telling customers to back away while they were loading the rafts. It was only when customers got in their way that they started telling customers to stand back.
    8) Our bus another another bus had troubles starting and stalling
    9) One of the bus seats was damaged.
    Written 4 August 2021
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    I wanted to thank you for sharing your thoughts and feedback with us. I apologize that your experience was not what you expected. Our put in and take out's are indeed the most physically challenging part of the trip itself, although as much as we would like to make it an easier walk down the hill for customers.. it is best that we try to do our part to preserve the natural terrain of the Yellowstone river. As for the bus not starting, which I understand that may seem be concerning.. we had the starter replaced the same day and is not a safety concern for our customers. With the water levels being low, helmets have not been mandatory for quite some time throughout the season but we do have them readily available upon request. We want all our guests to be comfortable and have fun! Finally, I regret to hear you did not enjoy your experience with your guide. We pride ourselves on our raft guides and the experiences that they give our customers. We'd appreciate if you could call us at 406-848-2252 to discuss these matters further and make this right for you and your family! Thanks and have a great day. -Caitlyn
    Written 5 August 2021
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    Chris T
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    We had a great time. The guys and gals were very friendly, easy going, and always kept you informed of what your trip status was, when you were leaving, where you needed to be, etc... We also did the horseback ride, which was awesome! Great folks there as well. Our daughter was nervous about doing both, but had a terrific time. Our only suggestion is that maybe it shouldn't be called a "Scenic Float". That creates the image of water that is smooth as glass. While this by any means is NOT whitewater, there is some splashing and getting wet. That's not a complaint, and like I said, we had a GREAT time. We would absolutely recommend it.
    Written 18 June 2021
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    LAWRENCE M
    CINCINNATI5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    We took the scenic float one and a half hour tour since all four of us are seniors and we were treated very well by the staff and had a nice float down the Yellowstone river. Would recommend to anyone who does not to get too wet and/or fall out of the raft. Good tour!
    Written 30 August 2023
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    Gary Schofield
    Las Vegas, NV11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a great experience from the time we checked in. The rafting down Yellowstone was great. Our guide Thomas was highly knowledgeable about wildlife, the area, and rafting. He was a pleasure to be with. GREAT crew and watching them stack boats is awesome. We also thank the guide dog who made friends with all.
    Written 21 August 2020
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    Kathleen
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023 • Family
    Cody was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. My daughter and I had a fabulous time talking to him as we took in the sites along the Yellowstone River. Cidy has a fun personality and was easy to talk to. I would highly recommend taking the scenic river rafting trip with Paradise Scenic River Rafting.
    Written 4 May 2023
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    Thank you so much! We pride ourselves on our amazing guides and are so happy to hear you enjoyed your time rafting with us. :) Please come again anytime!
    Written 1 June 2023
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    Lisa L.
    Chandler, AZ4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023
    The best parts of our excursion were the rapids at the beginning of the float and passing the elk that were standing in the water as we floated by. After the small rapids at the beginning of our trip, the rest was more of a scenic float.

    I did not enjoy having to carry the raft down the steep hill to the water or standing on the hot rocks, with thin water shoes, for our safety lesson. The safety lesson could have been given in the lobby or on the bus. I would recommend bringing your own water socks or waterproof sandals.

    Also note, that the surrounding topography is desert, homes, and light industrial, not forrest as you would find inside Yellowstone park. This was somewhat dissappointing as we would have prefered to float in an area more similar to what you would find inside the park.

    Overall the trip was enjoyable and relaxing!
    Written 31 July 2023
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    Melanie M
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Friends
    Fun day on the river. Staff friendly and good boatman. It would have been better if the guide would have given more information about what we were seeing like names of mountains, a little info about and name of Devil's Slide, pointing out ducks birds etc. I would recommend this trip to visitors just the same.
    Written 12 August 2022
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    lemons1020
    71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day! I booked with this particular company because the trip was listed as wheel chair accessible because my husband has limited mobility and this made me comfortable they he would be able to navigate getting on and off the boat. This is not what I expected but the staff was and with the greatest courtesy made sure he was able to get on the boat. Including supporting him to make sure he did not fall walking down the bank to the boats. The tour itself was beautiful and very enjoyable.
    Written 18 August 2023
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    Thank you for this kind review! We are so happy to hear that our team showed you and your husband a great time on the Yellowstone. :) We work hard to help our customers in anyway that we can to make their experience enjoyable and comfortable. Please come back to see us again anytime!
    Written 24 August 2023
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    Stacey C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • Family
    Krista our guide was very personable and knowledgeable about the area. We enjoyed the float so much that our 8 year old said, “I will be back next year to do the big rapids”. To top things off the bus ride home of jokes and fun sealed in a memorable tour. Thank you all we will be back
    Written 3 July 2021
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