North America is filled with some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world that begs to be explored by those with a taste for adventure. One of the most thrilling experiences to pursue is without a doubt white water rafting. There are dozens of places all over the continent that we could recommend, but today we want to tell you about some of our favorites in the Pacific Northwest.
If you’re ready for beauty and adventure, it’s time to try rafting on the west coast
While many often think of cities like Portland and Seattle or the magnificent Yellowstone National Park as being the region’s biggest draws, perhaps today we’ll change your mind and offer some fresh reasons to visit and reconnect with the wild.
- Merlin, Oregon
- First on our list is Merlin, Oregon. It’s an easy recommendation for multiple reasons beyond the divine landscapes and breathtaking majesty of nature that the trip will take you through. There are three different stretches of water that appeal to both newcomers and veteran rafters alike. The Klamath River is the perfect place for learning how to paddle and maybe even getting your feet wet depending on how that goes. Jokes aside, if you’re looking for something a bit more challenging there’s also the Rogue River, which is, in our opinion, the real attraction. Hellgate Canyon is suitable for those still getting comfortable keeping their heads above water whereas Nugget Falls offers a serious challenge to skilled rafters with its Class IV runs.
- Jackson, Wyoming
- The Snake River in Jackson Hole offers stunning views of the Tetons and offers a Class III challenge that is great for the more advanced rafters looking for a bit of a challenge on their adventure. Jackson Hole Whitewater has stellar reviews and offers a variety of trips to aid in exploring the area. There’s also the added bonus of some simply amazing hiking and fly fishing opportunities and a high likelihood of seeing some impressive wildlife depending on the time of year that you visit.
- Gardiner, Montana
- If you’re looking to conquer the Yellowstone River, then Gardiner is the place to go. There are several Class II and Class III runs to choose from that will take you through the incredible Gallatin Range. If you’ve never had the chance to get lost in the Rocky Mountains, one of the continents most iconic landmarks, then this is a trip you won’t soon forget. The rapids offer enough challenge to keep things interesting, but don’t expect anything too wild when it comes to difficulty.