Yellowstone Whitewater Rafting

Paddle and Saddle Trips

Go Big Sky big with whitewater and horseback riding in the same day


Pack in More Fun with a Raft and Ride

Experience Big Sky Country from the Yellowstone river bottom to mountain heights

Imagine flowing down the Yellowstone river, digging your paddle deep into the water and feeling the tug of the water on your immersed foot as it swirls past. The bucking motion of the raft as it leaps through splashing waves. The fresh river scent filling your lungs as you view awe-inspiring scenery.

Now imagine you're gently swaying in the saddle far above the river. Watching rafts pass far below you, the scent of wildflowers puts a tang in the fresh air of the Absaroka Mountains. The clip-clop of hooves and burbling streams provides a soundtrack for the stunning panoramas around you.

Now imagine both of these amazing experiences happening in one day or back-to-back days (call to schedule), and you'll start to understand the magic behind our Paddle and Saddle trips.


Awesome Experience

We loved our 'Paddle and Saddle' experience at Yellowstone Raft Company."

- Gus G., TripAdvisor Reviewer


Riding was Phenomenal

The views were gorgeous and my family loved the experience.

- 4WickBoys, TripAdvisor Reviewer

The Paddle and Saddle, or Raft and Ride

Yellowstone Whitewater Rafting

Full-Day Paddle and Saddle Trip

Answer the call of adventure — all day long

Trip Itinerary:

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: 2-hour horseback ride into the Absaroka Mountains

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Break to allow you time for lunch in Gardiner

2 p.m.: 2-hour whitewater trip on the Yellowstone River

Get a leisurely start to your day with the full-day Paddle & Saddle trip, which starts at 11 a.m. to allow for morning sightseeing, coordination of large groups, or longer travel time.

Ride into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness on horseback following breathtaking trails on the northern edge of Yellowstone National Park.

After lunch, you'll be able to change at the office and hit the river for some wild whitewater thrills. The 2-hour round-trip will return you to the office by about 4 p.m.

Available daily May 15-September 15. Bringing snacks is recommended.

Adult: $98
Child: $88

Yellowstone Whitewater Rafting

Express Paddle and Saddle Trip

Experience it all — and quickly

Trip Itinerary:

10 a.m - 12 p.m.: 2-hour whitewater trip on the Yellowstone

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Break to allow time for lunch in Gardiner

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: 1-hour horseback ride into the Absarokas

Make the most of your limited time in Yellowstone with our express Paddle & Saddle Trip. If you know you want to try everything, but don't have nearly enough time, you'll appreciate this option.

Cool down with an exciting roller-coaster ride on the rapids of the Yellowstone River coupled with gorgeous scenery.

After free time for lunch, you'll "cowboy up" in our changing rooms.

Then, you'll drive 5 miles to our outfitter in the forested alpine town of Jardine to saddle up for an unforgettable 1-hour ride in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness on the north fringe of Yellowstone.

You'll be free from 2 p.m. on to find more adventures in Yellowstone.

Available daily May 15 -September 15. Bringing snacks is recommended.

Adult: $78
Child (6-12): $68

Raft and Ride FAQ

01. What should I wear on the whitewater?
Dress according to the weather. We can provide cool-weather gear, but we recommend fleece, Under Armour, or a synthetic material – not cotton – for under your rafting gear. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet, especially on a hot day. We provide all whitewater gear including helmets, life jackets, and water shoes (if needed). You may want to bring a change of clothes for afterward and change in our changing rooms. Sunglasses and sunblock are recommended.
03. What should I bring on the whitewater portion of the trip?
Please bring a water bottle on the raft if you want. Everything gets wet, so plan on leaving electronics in your car or hotel room. Our professional photographer takes photos of every whitewater adventure that you'll be able to view and/or buy at Yellowstone Raft Company's office immediately following your trip.
05. When do I need to check in for my trip?
Check in occurs 30 minutes prior to your scheduled trip.
07. What about lunch?
Lunch will be served between activities. Our outfitter will supply you with a sack lunch for you at their picnic area located at their High Country Corral location. Vegetarian or any special diet lunches are available upon request made prior to the day of your adventure.
09. Should I bring a camera or my phone?
  • We highly recommend that you bring a camera for your Montana horseback rides.
  • We discourage bringing any electronics on the rafting portions of the trip.
  • Please don't let any electronics you bring distract you from the experience you're enjoying.
11. Do I need rafting experience?
Don't worry about it! We got you covered. Our friendly guides take a moment to teach you how to sit, paddle, and stay safe before departure. You're in good hands.
02. What should I wear on the horseback riding portion?
Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, sunblock, and dress according to the weather.
04. What should I bring on the Riding portion of the trip?
Please bring a water bottle. Cameras are recommended as well. Anything you can easily carry on your person can make the trip. Just don't let it distract you.
06. Can small children do a Raft & Ride Adventure?
You can be inexperienced and as young as 6 to ride, but each rider must be capable of riding their own horse. If you have questions or concerns, please call us at 888-722-6505. Helmets available on request.
08. Will I have time to change between rafting and riding?
Sure thing. We can even let you change into your cowboy duds or rafting gear at our office.
10. Do I need to know how to ride a horse?
Nah. Let us teach you the ropes before we hand you the reins. It won't take long and you'll enjoy your experience much more for it.
12. Is there a weight limit?
Only on the horses. The horseback portion of the Paddle and Saddle restricts riders over 275 pounds.