Yellowstone Raft Company
Yellowstone Raft Company
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
The Yellowstone Raft Co. pioneered rafting on the Yellowstone River in 1978 and continue to provide exciting, fun, and safe trips for families and visitors to Yellowstone National Park. We offer a variety of whitewater, scenic, kayaking, horseback riding and cowboy cookout. YRC can accommodate all ability levels and acquaint you with the greater Yellowstone area. Offering trips May-September, call about group discounts.
Gardiner, Montana

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2024

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Cheyenne P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We had Maria as our guide and this was our 1st time white water rafting. She not only made us laugh the entire trip but our safety was number one. She had a answer to every question that was asked from everyone on the boat. I highly recommend this rafting company very professional and very knowledgeable about what they're doing. we will definitely be back for when the water is higher. Thanks Maria- cheyenne MO
Written August 20, 2020
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Thank you very much for Your Kind Review! Maria is one of Our Veteran Guides and she is always one for great conversation. We highly enjoy having her on Our Crew. Happy Summer and see you during Spring Run Off! ;)
Written August 21, 2020
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Cindy B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Sean, a true kindred spirit, was helpful, funny, and educational while guiding us down the Yellowstone River. We felt very safe in his hands - in fact, our 12-year-old grandson had no interest in rafting until he heard Sean's safety talk, and then he was not only ready to get on board, he now wants to be a guide. Thanks, Sean, for a fantastic trip and being an inspiring influence with our young ones. Blessings, Cindy and Dan from Gardiner
Written July 5, 2023
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JimTX
Wimberley, TX43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Two seniors, two adults, and two children under ten had a very safe and enjoyable two hour trip on the river. Alex was a very competent and personable guide. Really enjoyed get in and out of the water for a quick swim. Highly recommend.
Written July 27, 2021
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Lance H
Wittenberg, WI1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Our guide capsized our raft in the middle of the rapids. My son, wife and I nearly drowned in the 35 degree water! Our guide was no help, once we hit the water we never herd a word from him. A guide from another raft down river was trying to yell instructions but we could hardly hear her as we kept getting pulled under by the rapids. Finally after almost 10 minutes in the water and more than a mile down river, another rafting company was able to help us out of the river. The pre trip instructions never told us how to handle the situation and the guide doesn’t belong in a raft! We still haven’t heard from the guide or the company, a week later, to offer an apology for the experience we had
Written June 28, 2023
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I want to start by expressing my deepest apologies for the experience you had during your rafting trip with us. It deeply saddens me as a parent and business owner to hear about the distress you and your family endured, and I assure you that your safety and well-being are of utmost importance to us! First and foremost, I want to assure you that we have taken immediate action in response to your feedback. We have thoroughly investigated the incident involving your guide, Jerret, and have made the decision to terminate his employment with our company. His actions were inexcusable and completely contrary to our commitment to providing a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests. I want to personally apologize for the lack of guidance, assistance, and empathy you experienced from Jerret during and after the incident. It is completely unacceptable, and we deeply regret the impact it had on you and your family. As the owner of this business, I take full responsibility for ensuring the professionalism and competence of our staff, and I apologize for falling short in this instance. Please know that we are committed to learning from this incident and implementing necessary changes to prevent any future occurrences. We are reinforcing our training programs to emphasize safety protocols, emergency response, and customer care. We are also reevaluating our hiring and probationary procedures for raft guides to ensure better service and support for our guests in challenging situations. Your willingness to share your story and concerns is greatly appreciated, as it helps us improve our operations and maintain the safety of our guests. We are grateful that our raft companies work together to support each other to quickly retrieve swimmers, and in your case, we are grateful that another company was able to get to your family first. That is the best-case scenario we all strive together to accomplish. Once again, I want to extend my sincerest apologies for the distress and fear you experienced. We understand the seriousness of the situation, and we deeply regret any negative impact it may have had on you and your family. If there is anything more we can do to rectify the situation or address your concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention, and we are dedicated to making the necessary improvements to ensure the safety and satisfaction of our guests. Sarah
Written July 1, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Franklin U
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
I had an absolutely incredible experience during the approximately 2-hour raft trip on the Yellowstone River, and it's all thanks to Maddie Moore, our exceptional guide. From start to finish, Maddie's expertise and passion for the river were evident. Her in-depth knowledge of the area's history and geology added a great educational element to the adventure.

Maddie's exceptional communication skills kept us engaged and informed throughout the journey. She effortlessly navigated the river's twists and turns, ensuring both safety and excitement for everyone on board. Her friendly demeanor created a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

The breathtaking scenery of the Yellowstone River was further enriched by Maddie's insightful commentary, allowing us to appreciate the natural beauty on a deeper level. Her attention to detail and commitment to conservation underscored her dedication not only to her role as a guide but also to preserving the pristine environment we were privileged to explore.

All forward!
Written August 17, 2023
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Hannah Cargal
Duluth, MN1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Worst Raft company in Gardner! Started off lovely with the gentleman in the front office. Once we got on the bus Driver Craig (surprised to find out is Manager) was was very rude yelling at us & rushing everyone around. Our time on the River was gorgeous & amazing thanks to the raft guides who made the experience even though water was quite low.When we got back had a chance to meet the owner Patrick he was very dismissive and masochistic towards my teenage daughter.
Written September 7, 2021
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valifornia
Los Angeles34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
We did a scenic river float with Yellowstone Raft Company. My kids (5, 5, and 9) loved it. Summer, our guide, did a great job engaging them and made sure they had fun. They’ve asked if we can graduate to rafting (as opposed to floating) next time we visit Yellowstone. This company also took very reasonable precautions because of Covid, and was accommodating when we had to make some date changes to our trip as we adapted our travel plans. Would highly recommend!
Written July 1, 2020
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Erin M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We did the 18 mile whitewater rafting trip in June 2023 (just last week!) The weather was 45-50 degrees and cloudy with a chance of rain. I was nervous that it was going to be freezing and not very fun. I was so wrong!!! They give you wetsuits and shoes to wear so please don't worry if you think you don't have the right clothes. The only thing that got cold were our hands but that wasn't bad. Our guide was Jerry and he was so fun and knowledgeable about the area. He really went out of his way to make sure we had a good time. Even our teenage children had a blast! The lunch they gave us got 5 stars all around! We're still talking about it a week later, lol! Jerry said the owner's wife makes the sandwiches and she should be given a Michelin star! We absolutely loved our trip and would go again in a heartbeat. Thank you to Jerry and all the staff!!
Written July 1, 2023
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Elizabeth M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Sean was absolutely the best guide! He not only guided us safely through the rapids, he provided terrific commentary on the history of the park as well as interesting conversation. We will definitely schedule another trip with Yellowstone Raft Company. We had such a great time!
Written September 11, 2023
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Yellowstoners
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We came to Yellowstone for the first time for our annual family vacation. We booked the saddle and paddle express with Yellowstone Raft Co. My nephew is 5 and my niece is 9 so we were a little worried about not having any experience however…and we all had an amazing time! None of us have raft experience and our guide Shawn was EPIC! He made the river ride a true adventure and was full of fun facts and him and my niece had a kindred connection over their love of Osprey!

The saddle experience was just as amazing! It was a nice easy scenic ride and the cowboys Adam and Blake that took care of us were TOP NOTCH!

Everyone from booking to getting our pictures was an absolute gem and we will be doing more adventures with them on our next trips to YNP!
Written June 28, 2023
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