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“Yellowstone Raft Company”

Yellowstone Raft Company
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Owner description: 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, and hiking trips that can accommodate all ability levels and acquaint you with the greater Yellowstone area. Offering trips May-September, call about group discounts.
Missoula, Montana
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6 reviews
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“Yellowstone Raft Company”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

We were a family party of 8 who took a half day trip in the afternoon with YRC. Cory was our guide. The whole experience was fantastic for our guests who were visiting Yellowstone for the first time from the east coast. Their two teenagers had smiles a mile wide for the rest of the day and next. The trip starts off with a bang with good rapids hit shortly after the launch. It was thrilling and beautiful with lots of interesting scenery. Cory's stories were entertaining and he was intent on seeing we had a great time. Be prepared to get wet so leave cameras, belts, and other things behind or put them in the raft wet bag. Glasses should all be attached to you with croakies or similar. The get-in and get-out carrying the raft requires some agility as does the paddling so I wouldn't recommend it for those heavily overweight or with serious health issues, but the average Yellowstone area visitor shouldn't fear it and will treasure the experience. YRC has a photographer posted along the road who will take great shots of your trip.

Visited July 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Our First Rafting Trip - Great Experience!!”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

The entire experience was a treat. Our guide Cory was entertaining and funny, yet competent and professional. He made sure we all had a very enjoyable time. Staff in the office made check-in a breeze. The time on the river was thrilling, but never frightening. I will definitely go back to this rafting company my next visit to Gardiner. Good value, fairly priced souvenir items - photo CD is a bit over priced.

Visited July 2012
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Barbgegrie”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Our experience on the water was outstanding. Pat, our guide and raconteur was excellent and informative, and kept us entertained the entire time.
The low points were the forced marching with the rafts. The takeout wasn't too bad, but getting the raft to the river was steep, slippery, and hazardous and a person in another party slipped and was injured. YRC needs to come up with a better way to get people and raft to the water.
That aside, it was an experience our 11 year old grandson will not forget - he was ready to go on his next rafting experience immediately! Everyone had a great time, got totally wet, and thoroughly enjoyed the pictures provided to us for a nominal fee (one attached).
In summary: a great river guide, wonderful time, and a great experience for all (5 first time rafters in one trip). One suggestion - request the raft be put in before you get there.

Visited July 2012
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Burleson, Texas
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60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Love this company! Rafted with them 3 times.”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

I have used this company every time that I have rafted in Yellowstone. I cannot say that they are better than the other companies, but I CAN say that they are GREAT. Sarah at the front desk is a delight and takes great photos of the trip. Our guide was Daniel, a Mississippi lad with a thick fantastic accent. We saw two bald eagles on our trip and stopped at the hot beach. This was a highlight of our trip. The prices for rafting in Gardiner are HALF what they cost in Jackson. We rafted both and they are comparable as far as fun, but Yellowstone cannot be beat for the price and the friendliness of the staff. Our twins were six and loved it!

Visited July 2012
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Houston, Texas
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52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“The original rafting company in Gardiner”
Reviewed July 24, 2012 via mobile

Our guide, Sarah, was excellent. She is a native of Gardiner and knows a lot about the area, restaurants, wildlife and geology. She was great with the kids. YRC gives you a little longer trip than the competition -- put in upstream and take put downstream of other operators we saw. Highly recommended.

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