About UsThe Yellowstone Raft Company was started in 1978 as the original whitewater outfitter in Gardiner, Montana.
We love whitewater and want you to love it too! Over the years, owners have changed from whitewater guides and ski bums of the 80's to whitewater guides and ski bums of this day and age. However, over the years, our commitment to fun, safety, and whitewater excellence has remained. Still the most experienced company in the valley, requiring all of our guides to have First Aid, CPR, Swiftwater Rescue, and extensive on river training. Our guides are fun loving and passionate about the Yellowstone River and your experience with us. Current owners Rob and Robin Trotter have guided commercially all over the country from California to West Virginia and Alaska to Colorado, bringing their experience and love of rivers to the Yellowstone Raft Company. Through the years they have found that safety, quality of guides, professionalism, and kindness are key factors in providing a quality river trip. You can find them in the office taking reservations, handing out wetsuits, driving the bus, or guiding you down the river.
How to find us:
We are located at 111 2nd St. (2nd St. is Hwy 89) in Gardiner, Montana. Gardiner is the the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in southwest Montana. Most visitors reach Yellowstone by driving or flying into Salt Lake City (UT) , Jackson (WY), Bozeman (MT), or Billings (MT).
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If you are traveling from the south (From Salt Lake City, Jackson, or anywhere in Yellowstone National Park), head north towards Mammoth Hot Springs on Highway 89. Once you reach Mammoth, continue north towards Gardiner. After passing the entrance kiosk follow the road around past the Roosevelt Arch and the shops that line Front (Park) street. Once you pass the Sinclair gas station on your right, look left. We are on the next corner across the street from K-Bar Pizza. We share a deck with the Two Bit Saloon. If you get to the bridge...you've gone too far.
If you are traveling from the north (From Bozeman or Billings) on I-90 exit at #333 (Livingston) to Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner, and Highway 89 South. Once on Hwy 89 continue south towards Gardiner for 52 miles. In Gardiner stay on Hwy 89 (the main road through town), after you cross over the Yellowstone River Bridge we are two blocks up on the right. If you get to a stop sign you've gone two blocks too far.
Below are drive times to popular destinations in and around Yellowstone National Park, drive times depend on terrain and whether you're traveling inside Yellowstone. Mammoth Hot Springs is a 15 minute drive or 5 miles from our office.
|Tower Roosevelt||45 mins-1hr||23 miles|
|Canyon||1 - 1 & 1/2 hrs||38 miles|
|Old Faithful||2 hrs||55 miles|
|Yellowstone Lake||2 hrs||55 miles|
|West Yellowstone||1 & 1/2 hrs - 2 hrs||55 miles|
|Bozeman||1 & 1/2 hrs||86 miles|
|Livingston||1 hr||52 miles|
|Chico Hot Spring||1/2 hr||30 miles|
Summer in Yellowstone, Wyoming, and Montana means construction. Please allow extra time to reach us to avoid being stressed on vacation.
Places to stay in or near Gardiner:
Links to Area Tourism Partners
- Yellowstone River Motel in Gardiner
- Gardiner Guest House B&B
- Yellowstone Suites Bed and Breakfast
- Vacation Rentals By Owner (Gardiner area VRBO)
- Yellowstone Gateway Inn
- Homestead Cabin at Old Chico
- The Welcome Cabin, a rental cabin near Bozeman
- Parks Fly Shop (Fly fishing)
- Yellowstone Aerial Adventures and Ziplining (Ziplining in West Yellowstone)
- Yellowstone Guidelines (Hiking and tours)
- Yellowstone Safari Company (Tours)
We are always looking for fun, outgoing, and responsible people to join our team. Every summer we add a few guides, drivers, photographers, and office staff to complete our rafting family. If you'd like to be considered for one of these positions, please email us your resume and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you would like to work with us.