Whitewater rafting is a favorite and must-do activity for visitors to Yellowstone River. People of different ages and backgrounds come from all over the world to experience this particular adventure. Take a few moments to understand what to expect, and how to stay safe, so this experience is all the fun you’re expecting it to be. Here are 8 tips for Yellowstone River rafting. 

1. Come prepared.

Wear or bring the following for your rafting adventure: 

  • Exercise clothes or bathing suit
  • Sunblock
  • Protective eyewear
  • Comfortable sneakers, beach shoes, and/or wetsuit booties.
  • Water bottle
  • Dry clothes (keep these in your car or in a locker for after the trip)

2. Wear waterproof sunblock.

It’s easy to forget the sun’s powerful rays when splashing around in cold water. But especially at elevation, protect your skin. Apply waterproof sunblock before taking off for the day, and be prepared to re-apply as needed. 

3. Drink plenty of water. 

This is an outside activity and involves exercise. Combine that with warm weather and you must hydrate throughout the trip to avoid dehydration and potential heat stroke. Be sure to refill your water bottle regularly. 

4. Pay attention to your guide. 

Follow directions and listen to your guide. They’re trained and experienced in how to stay safe and have fun. They also need your help to make this a great Yellowstone River rafting experience for everyone on the raft. Listen and ask plenty of questions before you begin. They’re here to help. 

5. Wear a life jacket and helmet. 

This is non-negotiable. After you put these important pieces of equipment on, make sure they feel comfortable. Your safety is important to us. The guide can help to fit them properly for the duration of the trip.

6. Keep one of your hands on the end of the paddle. 

Hold tightly to your paddle, also known as the T-grip, at all times. This ensures your paddle doesn’t end up lost or hitting another rafter. 

7. Stay calm. 

Your experienced guide knows what to do when experiencing rapids or common twists and turns. Even if your raft gets momentarily stuck on a rock, stay calm so you can hear your guide and you’ll be fine. 

8. Enjoy yourself.

Remember that you’re here to have fun. Look around and take it all in. Enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature to escape for a little while. Enjoy every moment. 

When you’re ready to go on the adventure of a lifetime, get in touch to book your Yellowstone River Rafting trip.

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