About UsThe Yellowstone Raft Company was started in 1978 as the original whitewater outfitter in Gardiner, Montana.
We love Yellowstone and want you to love it too! There is no better way to fall in love with Yellowstone than from the Yellowstone River! Over the years, owners have changed but our commitment to fun, safety, and whitewater excellence has remained. We require 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.
OUR GUIDES MAKE US SPECIAL
We hire people who are fun, safe and passionate about life. Our staff is Swiftwater Rescue and First Aid/CPR Certified.
...Patrik was born in Prague and grew up in Bavaria, Germany. Where did we meet? On the river, of course! Please come join us for a day you’ll never forget!
Sarah, and her husband Patrik share a love of the river and a love of Montana. Their goal is for every guest to experience the same thrill we feel every day living here in the mountains. We want to make your adventure special. Sarah is from Oregon and was a Guide in Yellowstone Park...
Hi, I'm originally from Oberlin, Ohio. I have loved water from an early age, growing up swimming and paddling with my family. I went to school in the Adirondack mountains of New York at Paul Smith's College where the water is plentiful . While there I studied Recreation, Adventure, Travel, and Ecotourism and continued my passion for water by competing on the marathon canoe team and running on logs in the water with the woodsmen team. When I haven't been in the water the past 7 months I have been working in wilderness therapy in Utah and traveling across the west. I can't wait to get back on the river this summer and share in the joy of the rapids with everyone!
Hello everyone, I am 32 years old and I was born and raised Southwest of Chicago. After going to college in Illinois I used my teaching degree to get my first job in Nevada where I taught for 8 years. In between grading papers, lesson plans, and coaching I figured out the the scenery out West was pretty incredible. So two years ago I decided I enjoyed the national parks and being outside so much that I sold my house, resigned from my job, and set out across America. Out of all the states I have visited, Montana always felt the most like home. I am excited to be coming back to Montana and working with the customers and staff at Yellowstone Rafting Company.
My name is Cameron Merritt, I am from Georgia and currently a Sophomore at Georgia Southern University majoring in Construction Management. Hail Southern! Growing up in the South I have grown up with a love for the outdoors. I enjoy Fishing, Hunting, Kayaking and just about anything else that is outside. I have been on numerous vacations to Yellowstone and other Northwestern Parks and I am excited to come out west this summer!
Danni here! Once upon a time I was from Charleston, South Carolina, and have also lived in Australia, Portugal and Las Vegas until settling into Montana. But Home is considered anywhere my minivan converted camper is parked. I spend my free time climbing, hiking, biking, and losing at trivia. Avid collector of maps, memories, and random teas I find at farmers markets.
Adrian grew up in New Jersey. He move out west to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoors/adventure writer. His first step was guiding with Yellowstone Raft Company last summer. At the end of the season, he bought a van, converted it into a mobile home, and toured the West Coast for a month. After his road trip, Adrian went on to spend this past winter working for a wilderness therapy program in the Utah desert, and then spent spring as an outdoor ed instructor in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This summer, he’ll be returning to YRC as a lead guide.
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.