Taking a 10-mile Snake River Float Cruise was the premier event of our Grand Teton vacation. Our river raft guide was very knowledgeable and had been doing this for several years. We choose Triangle X based on reading on-line reviews, and I would continue to endorse it based on our great experience.
Seeing the Tetons and the 13,772 foot peak of Grand Teton from the Snake River ranks up there as one of the most beautiful scenes I can remember. The ride is smooth and not dangerous for kids. We all had life jackets on and the walls of the raft were a good 2+ feet high. Our 4 year-old just made the weight limit to ride (based on life jacket sizes) and there was no time during the ride where he was in any risk of coming out of the raft.
The ride will take you through the heart of Grand Tetons National Park – a 10-mile stretch that few others will see from their camper or car windows. We saw eagles, herons, and it was hard to take our eyes off of the snow-capped tetons. And while we did not see our friend the moose, the raft takes you through prime moose country!
Our Snake River Float Cruise guide, Will, told us stories about the park, names of the tetons, and took our pictures and those of our raft-mates. He explained some of the Snake River’s trapping history showed us remnants of a barge that once existed, and explained some of the winter sports that were just now winding down (June).
Triangle X’s Float Cruise drops in at Deadman’s Bar and winds down to the parking area (where van picked you up) at the Craig Thomas Discovery Museum and Visitor Center. This was a perfect family stop after the raft ride for some indoor plumbing, junior ranger program activities, souvenirs, and take in all of the hands-on exhibits that this museum had to offer – which was a lot!
The whole ride experience was just under 3 hours, start to finish, and was an awesome kick-off to our Grand Tetons trip. With a family of 6, I often am too frugal for the $50/head excursions (2011 prices), but this one was well worth it!