Planning Your Trip
Location: We are located in Gardiner, Montana (111 2nd St.); the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. There is a Google map and directions in the About Us section with drive times from popular locations around Yellowstone.
What to wear: Wear casual clothes and soft soled, tie-on shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or that are quick drying.
Most days are sunny and warm, and you’ll welcome the splash. But in the early season (May and June) the water is much colder. For that, we strongly recommend wearing wet suits, and we have a large selection of high quality "Farmer John" wetsuits in sizes ranging from Kids XS to Adult 4X for you to use free of charge. A swimsuit and/or shorts can be worn under the wetsuit.
We also provide fleece and rain gear should you choose to wear them. We require all rafters to wear shoes that tie or strap on (no flip flops). If you don't want to get your shoes wet or don't have the right kind, we have neoprene booties available (also free of charge).
Check out our average temperatures for the summer listed on the FAQ page.
What to Bring: A sense of adventure is all that is needed on the raft. However, a change of dry clothes for after the trip is a good idea and can be left in our office or locked in your car.
You probably won't need a towel but feel free to leave one in our office for after your trip. Your guide carries a small drybag on the boat that can be used to carry important medications. Feel free to bring a sweater and sunscreen along on full day trips. We recommend locking valuables in your car and your keys can be kept securely behind our front desk until you return.
We Provide: Wetsuits, booties, rain jackets, fleece, Coast Guard approved Type V life jackets, lunch and beverages for full day trips, fun loving guides on all boats, and transportation to and from the river.
Children: Children's rates apply to those 12 and under. The minimum age for kids is 6 years old on the whitewater sections and 4 on the scenic trips. We take many children down the river every year, although we do restrict children from some stretches at high water levels.
Groups and Discounts: Youth groups, wedding parties, family reunions, corporate seminars, Boy Scouts - whatever your group, we would be glad to arrange a trip and schedule to meet your special needs. We are well equipped to handle large parties and have special permits to customize trips.
We start our group discounts at 10% off for groups of 10 or more. The more people in your group, the larger the discount. Please give us a call if you have a large group to inquire about discounts.
Photos: Photos are taken of our whitewater trips and are available to view upon your return to the office. Ten to fifteen pictures are taken per boat and a USB with all the pictures can be purchased in our office for $45. USB's can be ordered later and shipped to you (remember the date, time, and name of your guide) for $50. Your Photos can now be ordered online and will be uploaded within the week.
Fees and Gratuities: We are licensed by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service which charge a small fee per person to operate. These fees are listed as the Land and Water use fees upon checkout.
As of June 1st 2014, Gardiner has instituted a 3% resort sales tax that is applied to all goods and services. These two fee's add up to be less than your normal state sales tax (of which Montana does not have).
Gratuities are not included, but are always appreciated for excellent service.
Reservations: Call, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or book online anytime for reservations. All of our trips require full payment for confirmation. Groups of 10 or more are required to put down a 25% deposit to reserve the trip. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards accepted.
Cancellations: Your deposit is fully refundable as long as you cancel at least 48 hours before your trip.
We reserve the right to cancel trips due to:
- Water levels that are too high or too low.
- Unseasonably cold temperatures or extreme winds
- Insufficient number of people (4 person minimum for rafting, 2 person minimum for kayaking)
Responsibility: Although every precaution is taken to safeguard you and your belongings, river trips by their nature, involve a certain amount of risk. Yellowstone Raft Co./R & R Rafting, Inc. and their personnel and cooperating agencies assume no responsibility whatsoever for injuries, damages, losses or delays to person or property. We recommend the purchase of an inexpensive travel insurance plan, including accident coverage. We require that you acknowledge these risks by reading and signing an Assumption of Risk form prior to departure. All guests are required to wear our lifejackets.
Still have questions? We have compiled a list of the most asked questions and answered them here.