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Hells Canyon Food Tips: Make Ahead Breakfasts

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Food Tips for Summer Food Prep | Hells Canyon Rafting Blog

Ok, so we’ve covered how to get the best cookies on your river trips and outdoor adventures. Now let’s move on to breakfast.

If you’re anything like me, I like breakfast easy, fast, and most likely on the go. I’m not a huge get-up-early-and-take-care-of-stuff gal. More like wake up later than expected and run around for 20 minutes until I run out the door with arms full of coffee, food, and gear. This has made me quite the master of make ahead breakfasts.

Here are some of my most favorite make ahead breakfast recipes if you’re heading on the river, to the mountains, or even to work:

Freezer Muffins

I’ve recently just come to the testing conclusion that you can freeze any muffin batter in individual muffin cups and then bake them on command whenever you’d like.

So if you’ve got one of those rainy slow days, take out the bowls and muffin tins and get to mixing. Portion out the batter into individual muffin papers in the muffin tins and then the whole tin goes into the freezer. Let them hang out there for a night (or until you remember them in there) and put them back into the freezer in a plastic bag. When you’re jonesing for hot fresh muffins, just preheat the over, toss some frozen muffin cups into a tin and bake them for about 5 more minutes than the original recipe calls for. Magical huh?

Here is one of my favorite (and slightly healthier than breakfast cupcake) muffin recipes adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe:

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Freezer Muffins

Ingredients:

  •  1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  •  1/2 cupsugar 
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda 
  •  1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt 
  •  1/4 cup veggie oil
  •  1/4 cup applesauce 
  •  1/4 cup buttermilk
  •  1 egg 
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  •  1 1/4 cups zucchini, shredded and squeezed out a little
  •  1/2 cup chocolate chips 
  1. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
  2. In a big bowl, mix the flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the oil, applesauce, buttermilk, egg and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet bowl into the dry bowl and give it couple good stirs until it’s not quite fully mixed.
  5. Toss the zucchini and chocolate chips into the batter and stir until just combined. It’s real important not to overmix.
  6. Fill the muffin cups with the batter, about 2/3 full.
  7. Put the muffin tin in the freezer flat. Leave for at least overnight.
  8. Take the muffin tin out and place the muffins in a ziplock bag. Muffins will last in the freezer for up to 2 months.

When it’s time for baking:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Put the number of frozen muffins you’d like to cook in a muffin tin and bake from directly from frozen for about 22-33 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean
  3. Eat them up!

Freezer Burritos

If you’re looking for a more filling breakfast and aren’t afraid of a little prep work, well then freezer burritos are for you.

I tried a bunch of recipes and somehow the potatoes are always bland or a huge pain in the butt. There’s no middle. There secret to easy and delicious potatoes in a burrito is tater tots. Yup. Classy, I know but they work great. Here’s my go to freezer burrito recipe adapted from Damn Delicious:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen tater tots
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8 breakfast sausage links
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

  1. Cook tater tots according to instructions on bag. Cool.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan on medium high heat. Remove sausage casings (if any) and add to pan. Cook and crumble sausage until browned. Remove from pan and cool.
  3. In a small bowl mix eggs and half and half along with some salt and pepper to taste. Add eggs to the same sausage pan and cook until set. Remove from pan to cool.
  4. Lay out the tortillas, spread refried beans down the middle, top with tater tots then sausage, eggs, cheese, tomatoes and cilantro. Fold in short side of the burrito, then one long side and roll up burrito style. Tightly wrap in aluminum foil and place inside a large ziplock bag.
  5. After wrapping all tortillas place bag into freezer. Thats it!This recipe doubles or triples well.
  6. TO FREEZE: Cover each burrito tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Freeze up to 1 month. To reheat, (1) microwave for 4-6 minutes, turning halfway, or (2) bake at 400 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, or until completely cooked through.

When it’s time for breakfast:

  1. Bake it 400 degree F oven for 30-40 minutes.

Bagel Balls

Cream cheese stuffed bagels. What more could you want? These are a little more complicated to make but also proportionally more delicious too. If you’re into a yeast’y challenge check out Margaret in the City for the full details. Bake them for just 5 minutes shorter than she recommends, let them cool and then toss them into a a bag in the freezer.

When you’re ready to eat them, bake them in a 350 degree F oven for about 30 minutes. If they’re exploding they’re ready to eat! Just be careful of the cream cheese lava in the middle!!


Does all of this sound like too much work? Leave the cooking and cleaning to us and jump on one of America’s Rafting Co‘s Hells Canyon Rafting Trips! Delicious food and beverage included!

5 Reasons to Go on a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip

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5 Reasons to Go on a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip | Hells Canyon Rafting Blog

1. Go on an adventure

A beautiful sunrise in a canyon during a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip

Try something different. Explore a new place. Test out a new activity. Hells Canyon Rafting Trips are a perfect way to get the whole family or group of friends rafting, kayaking, fishing and hiking with knowledgeable guides to show you the way.

2. Get into the outdoors

Tent camping in the beautiful Hells Canyon on the Snake River during a multiday rafting trip.

The average American only spends 7% of their life outdoors! That’s less than 12 hours per week. Spending more time outside is proven to improve both mood and self-esteem.

3. Take a break from technology

Put down the phones, laptops, and tablets and take break. Disconnecting from technology while on vacation is a great way to fully relax, separate yourself from the outside world and take the time to spend quality time with the people you love.

4. Bond with your family and friends

A mom and son posing with a fish on the line during a rafting trip in Hells Canyon.

No phones ringing, emails to check, or even someone knocking on the front door. Outdoor vacations are the best way to spend time with your favorite people, get into a beautiful place and actually get the chance to slow down and make memories.

5. Have a truly great time

When everything is taken care of for you, there’s no stress. No meals to plan, dishes to do or activities to schedule. We take care of it all for you.


Looking for more information about Hells Canyon Rafting? Check out trip details here.

8 Reasons why you need to see Hells Canyon

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8 Reasons why you need to see Hells Canyon | Hells Canyon Rafting Blog

1. It’s the deepest canyon in North America!

Tent camping in the beautiful Hells Canyon on the Snake River during a multiday rafting trip.

No lie. It’s almost 2000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon!

2. It’s an absolute hidden gem

No many people are aware of Hells Canyon hiding deep in the border of Idaho and Oregon. It’s always been a quiet area and with that huge 125 mile long canyon blocking all roads and bridges it’s easy to see why.

3. It’s highly regulated, which mean it’s quiet and protected.

A man fishes on a beautiful day on a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip on the Snake River

Only a certain amount of rafts and jet boats can be in Hells Canyon in the summer. This makes for an absolutely serene canyon. There’s no fighting for camps or overcrowded river corridors. It’s just absolutely stunning nature seen the way it should be, with just a few friends or family.

4. There is a ton of wildlife

From bald eagles, to black bears. Big horn sheep to white mountain goats. Otters to osprey. There’s always an animal to look out for and most trips we find them.

5. The fishing is great!

HellsCanyon Rafting Trips: whitewater rafting and fishing on the Snake River
Hells Canyon Rafting: whitewater rafting trips on the Snake River.

Hells Canyon is so remote that it is not over-fished. There is great trout and smallmouth bass fishing and there are 8-10 foot white sturgeon in the Snake River to boot!

6. The stars are even better

Nighttime sky full of stars against canyon walls during a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip on the Snake River

With no ambient light for miles around and being sometimes 8,000 feet below the canyon rim, it’s no wonder the stars are so phenomenal. The hardest part is staying awake long enough to enjoy the crystal clear Milky Way popping out, the thousands and thousands of stars, the satellites crossing the sky and even the International Space Station making an appearance every now and again. If you’re up for it, we highly recommend sleeping outside the tent, so every time you roll over at night full get a glimpse of the magical night’s sky up above.

7. There are no biting bugs!

There are no mosquitos in Hells Canyon. The water level changes so much that they cannot breed in the canyon. This makes for beautiful summer Hells Canyon river trips free of bug spray and itching bites.

8. It’s a one-of-a-kind adventure vacation

Looking over Suicide Point into Hells Canyon on a Snake River Rafting Trip

There’s the whitewater, the calm sections of river with great fishing and fun swimming, there’s hikes to old homesteads, there’s wild fruit growing everywhere, there’s beautiful camps to enjoy in the evenings, there’s wild life galore, there’s… well it something you have to see to believe just how amazing Hells Canyon Rafting is.


Looking to see it for yourself? Jump on a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip this summer!

Hells Canyon Food Tips: Freezing Cookies

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Hells Canyon Food Tips: Freezing Cookies

Food Tips for Summer Food Prep | Hells Canyon Rafting Blog

One of my favorite things about springtime besides the sun, flowers, and flowing rivers is prepping food for the summer river trips. I know this may seem crazy but a little work in the spring can go a long way for having super delicious food ready to heat up on short notice. When the summer gets busy and there is a ton of fun to be had, having something quick, delicious, inexpensive, and most of all EASY in the freezer for breakfast, lunch on the river or dinner when you get back is the absolute best thing in the world (at least I think so).

I have tried and tested so many recipes and methods to try and get the best food possible. Here at the Hells Canyon Blog, we’re going to start a new section called Food Tips where I drop my knowledge of the best summer food prep.

To start out, I’m going to go easy. Let’s talk cookies. It’s well known that cookies are the best when warm, fresh baked, and made from scratch. Does it already sounds overwhelming? It is not. Let’s break it down.

Close up of Peanut Butter Cookies for lunch during a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

There’s really just 2 part of making cookies: mixing them up and baking. Try to do both before a river trip and you’ve got a huge mess and a time suck on your hands. My trick is to do a little prep work when the weather ain’t so great, so when those river days come around you can huck some frozen cookie balls in the oven and in less than 15 minuets you have yourself a way better lunch.

To get to this point all you need to do is set a lazy winter/spring afternoon aside to make some cookie dough. Mix it up, ball up individual cookies, flatten them out a little, and freeze them on a sheet pan. Once frozen, toss them into a ziplock and they’ll keep in the freezer for at least 6 months or more if you’re not so picky with best by dates.

Pro Tip: The shape you freeze the cookies in is the shape they’ll come out of the oven. If you like thick cookies, freeze the dough into golf ball sized balls. Like a flatter more spread out cookie? Take that same golfball shape and press down on it until it’s more like a hockey puck. It’ll spread as it cooks. A cookie scoop also does wonders to make this job easier!

Pro Tip: The shape you freeze the cookies in is the shape they’ll come out of the oven. If you like thick cookies, freeze the dough into golf ball sized balls. Like a flatter more spread out cookie? Take that same golfball shape and press down on it until it’s more like a hockey puck. It’ll spread as it cooks. A cookie scoop also does wonders to make this job easier!

When adventure time comes, heat the oven to whatever temperature the recipe says, toss the cookies on a baking sheet, and bake for the recipe’s time plus a few minutes because the dough is frozen. That’s it.

You now have cookies on demand whenever the mood strikes. As a bonus there’s always the option for eating raw cookie dough straight out of the freezer (not recommended: y’know raw eggs and flour).

This trick works for many different kinds of cookies: chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, etc. If the cookie needs to be rolled in sugar, just freeze them naked and then roll them in whatever right before you bake them.


Does this still sound like too much work? No worries! Let us here at America’s Rafting Co take care of all the baking for you!

Looking for an awesome outdoor vacation with food to match? Check out our Hells Canyon Rafting Trips.

Got boats but need grub? We pack coolers too! Check out our Food Packing page for details about delicious food for private Hells Canyon Rafting and Salmon River Rafting Trips.

All-inclusive Rafting Packages

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All-inclusive Whitewater Rafting Packages

Looking for the best all-inclusive outdoor adventure? Look no further. It’s right here.

Looking over Suicide Point into Hells Canyon on a Snake River Rafting Trip

America’s Rafting Co‘s Salmon River Rafting Trips and Hells Canyon Rafting Trips include everything while you’re on the river, but are you looking to make your vacation even easier and more carefree? We offer fully all-inclusive packages that include:

  • Airport pickup and drop-off. Whether it’s the Boise, ID or Lewiston, ID airports, we pick you up and bring you to Cambridge, ID before the trip and drop you off after.
  • Two nights at hotels. All the booking and logistics are taken care of for the hotel stays the night before and after your whitewater rafting trip.
  • Two meal vouchers. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner at a couple restaurants in Cambridge, ID.

Price: $450/person

Have a big group or family? Looking for a discount? Give us a call at 208-347-3862 and we’ll work something out.

Hells Canyon Rafting Food

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Hells Canyon Rafting Food

Hells Canyon Rafting Food

So you’re thinking about a rafting trip. Or maybe not. Or maybe you’re on the fence thinking “so what’s so great about an overnight rafting trip anyways?”

I could tell you about the rapids, or the sunshine, or the beautiful camps, but do you know what the best part is? THE. FOOD.

Guides serve grilled chicken and veggies, cornbread, and coleslaw during a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip's dinner

Seriously. There’s something about eating delicious food while sitting at a table next to the river, at the bottom of a canyon, when the sun is starting to set and the light keeps changing on the canyon walls. It’s atmosphere a restaurant can’t even buy.

At this point on a trip, you’ve already had a mouthwatering appetizer of baked brie, or fresh bruschetta with Idaho tomatoes, or spinach and artichoke dip on a crusty baguette, so you know something special’s coming for dinner.

The guides are working hard in the kitchen, or hardly working? It’s hard to tell. They call dinner and as you walk up the beach to the river kitchen they’re uncovering the dutch ovens of steaming, scrumptious smelling food.

Grilling meat and veggies and dutch oven baking on a sandy river side beach in Hells Canyon on the Snake River
Grilling meat and veggies and dutch oven baking in Hells Canyon on the Snake River

Sliced grilled Tri-tip steak, garlic asparagus, fluffy couscous, a salad with candied walnuts, apples, and gorgonzola cheese, and then you get to the hot and steamy fresh baked bread with butter.

The plate easily overfills but it’s been an active day outdoors and you’re hungry. Everyone takes seat at the riverside table, table wine is passed around and it’s time to dig in.

You know a meal is great when everyone stops talking.

People start chatting again, their plates empty and bellies full. A guide clears the plates only to bring back dessert. Warm, gooey, marshmallowy s’mores bars are served out of a dutch oven. That’s the night cap. The sun is fully gone now and it starts to get dark. A few head to their tent to pretend to read. The stars come out and it’s hard to keep awake but they’re just so spectacular. The Milky Way is out and shining by the time you hit the hay. You try you best to soak all the star gazing in but with such adventure and a full belly there is no fight. You sleep soundly in your tent in the warm Idaho air.

There’s nothing better than relaxing at camp after an awesome day of whitewater rafting.

If you couldn’t tell, we take our food seriously here at America’s Rafting Co. Our goal is to give you the best restaurant quality food served via rafts and guides in the great outdoors. That means scratch made and full of love (as cheesy as that sounds).

We use as much produce from Idaho as possible and the difference is major. Local tomatoes, melons, peppers, and even green beans taste worlds apart than their supermarket cousins. Local beef and bacon need little help to be absolutely mouth watering.

Want to see what we do? The only way is to jump on a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip. It’s much more than just overnight whitewater rafting.

Come for the whitewater, stay for the food.

7 Biggest Myths of Whitewater Rafting Trips

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7 Biggest Myths of Whitewater Rafting Trips

We know you’ve heard them. We’re here to debunk to top whitewater rafting myths:

1. Whitewater Rafting is only for adrenaline junkies

Maybe the super crazy whitewater is. This is not that. The whitewater rafting trips with Americas Rafting Co are a good mix of relaxing calm water and fun rapids. There’s so much more to these trips than just the whitewater rapids!

2. It will be continuous whitewater rapids

A man fishes on a beautiful day on a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip on the Snake River

False. Hells Canyon on the Snake River and the Lower Salmon River are both what are called drop pool rivers: calm stretches of water followed by a rapid, followed by more stretches of calm relaxing water. There is plenty of whitewater on the trips but also calm water great for fishing, swimming, and just soaking in the surroundings on the raft.

3. The food is all canned and processed

Chicken Bacon and Honey Mustard Sandwiches for lunch with fresh Idaho peaches during a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip

This couldn’t be further from the truth with ARC. We pack from scratch cooking with the most locally sourced Idaho produce and meats that we can find. Here’s a example of what a day of eating looks like on a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip:

Breakfast:

  • Banana bread french toast
  • Bacon
  • Eggs to order
  • Fresh cut melon
  • Yogurts and house-made granola
  • Juices, coffee, and teas

Lunch:

  • Grilled chicken caesar salad wraps
  • Kettle chips and Pringles
  • Mediterranean orzo salad with tomatoes, olives, feta, and a housemaid lemon vinaigrette
  • Local peaches
  • Freshly baked cookies

Appetizers:

  • Baked brie with crackers and grapes

Dinner:

  • Grilled BBQ chicken
  • Coconut rice
  • Coleslaw with house-made sesame vinaigrette
  • Grilled pineapple, onion and peppers
  • Dutch oven baked cornbread

Dessert:

  • Strawberry shortcake

4. After the spring run-off the best rapids are gone

A family looks on as a whitewater rafting guide points out the safest way through a rapid on a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip

Not true! Water is a crazy thing. During spring run-off some rapids are bigger like expected, but it also washes out a lot of the smaller rapids. The opposite is true at lower water. The bigger rapids do become smaller but the smaller rapids become more fun, splashy, and spicy!

Hells Canyon is also a dam release section of river so there’s plenty of water flowing throughout the summer!

5. The bathrooms situation will be difficult and uncomfortable

a river toilet called a groover tucked away in bushes on a multiday rafting trip in hells canyon

This is no backpacking trip. There is no digging holes in the ground. Instead we use a easy system with a toilet seat on a specially designed metal box that your guides will handle. There’s a little system to it but we’ll go over that before the trip. All you need to know is it’s private and it will be the best view you’ve ever had on a toilet.

6. I have to be athletic in order to enjoy the trip

There is so much more to a river trip than the whitewater. These river trips are a choose your own adventure kind of vacation. All hikes are absolutely optional. If you’re comfortable sitting in a boat, floating in water with a life jacket on, and getting in and out of the boat with rocks that may move on you, you’re good to go! No matter if you’re athletic or not, there are fish to catch, wildlife to spot and sunsets to view while sitting riverside.

7. I don’t have any rafting gear to wear

Rafting gear is really a loose term. It can mean anything from sun shirts to swimwear to tutus. Almost anything can be river gear, especially when it’s summer in Hells Canyon! Cotton is total acceptable in the heat. We take care of all the hard rafting gear: life jackets, boats, and guides. Bring what you got along with some sun protection like sunglasses and a hat and you’re good to go! River shoes are the only thing that’s a little specific, but there’s a whole guide on that here.


What to see if these whitewater rafting myths are really false? Jump on an Idaho whitewater rafting trip as find our for yourself!

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FAQ: Rafting with Kids

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FAQ: Rafting with Kids

Many parents are unsure if an overnight rafting trip is right for their family and their little ones. Here are ARC, we want not only the parents but the kids to have the best and safest possible family vacation. We do this by not only making sure it’s right adventure for the kids before the trip but also to pack and plan a trip that is prefect for kids.

How old do my kids need to go rafting?

a girl in a red lifejacket sits on a blue boat smiling and waiting to get rafting on her hells canyon rafting trip

Kids 7 and up are perfect for rafting trips. If they are comfortable swimming, like the outdoors, and have been camping before they’ll do great on a rafting trip.

Will they like an overnight rafting trip?

A mom and son posing with a fish on the line during a rafting trip in Hells Canyon.

If they like the outdoors and have been camping before they most likely will love it. An overnight rafting trip is all the best parts of a water activity and camping combined. There are so many different activity to choose from that every kid finds something they love: going through rapids, swimming in the calm water, learning how to fish, chatting with the guides, looking for wildlife, looking for different kinds of rocks, playing beach games, and going for guided hikes to name a few!

Is it safe for them?

Whitewater rafting is an activity that has inherent risks, but if you choose a reputable rafting company that focuses on safety and gets to know your families abilities, ages, and experiences, the risk is greatly reduced.

Here at Americas Rafting Co, safety is our top priority. Our guides are experienced and highly trained. In addition, we have a thorough safety meeting before every trip for the safest practices on the raft and about always wearing your life jacket!

Will they be bored?

A mom and son pose with a freshly caught fish in Hells Canyon on a Snake River Rafting Trip

No. Absolutely not. Kids have so many activities to choose from that they often are tuckered out and heading to bed before dessert is even served. From learning how to fish, to swimming, to wildlife viewing and of course rafting during the day and more swimming, more fishing, and beach camps at riverside camps, kids always find something they love to do. If you have a family game that you’d like to bring on the river feel free! Board games are not recommended, but other games like Uno or Passwords are great!

Will there other families on our trip?

A Hells Canyon raft with 4 kids enjoying their Snake River Rafting Trip

Most likely. We like to plan river trips so similar types of people will be together: families with other families, couples with couples, etc. This makes a happier trip for everyone and it’s great to see kids make new friends on their Hells Canyon rafting vacations.

How do I plan a river trip?

Give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk you through it! We can help you decide which river is best for your family, pick a date and then we’ll email you specific trip planning materials like packing lists, hotel recommendations and travel dates. You just need to plan on how to get to Idaho, accommodations the night before and after your trip and we take care of the rest!


Want to learn more about Idaho whitewater rafting? Check out more information here about Hells Canyon Rafting or Lower Salmon Rafting Trips.

5 Reasons why Adventure Vacations are the BEST

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5 Reasons why it’s good to go on Adventure Vacations

There’s something about adventure trip vacations that a beach or city vacation just can’t provide. Here are the 5 reasons we think Idaho whitewater rafting trips are the absolute best kind of vacation around.

1. You can challenge yourself.

2 people have fun kayaking down the snake river on a rafting trip

Push through your fears. Hike that mountain. Raft that whitewater. Kayak that rapid. See what you are capable of, because it’s always more than you thought. It may be scary at first, but it’s always smiles at the end of a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip.

2. Reinvigorate

a backpacker with her hands in the air in celebration is on the edge of a cliff with the seven devils mountain range vista in front of her during a hell hike and raft hiking trip

Spend time outdoors. Breathe in that good fresh air. Take the time to see wild nature.

Spending time nature is proven to be relaxing and good for the soul.

3. Take a time out

A man fishes on a beautiful day on a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip on the Snake River

Put the phones and computers away. Disconnect. Take a time out from emails and instant gratification. Shoot, take time out from planning meals and doing dishes. Take vacation that’s actually a vacation for everyone.

4. Make memories

A mom and son posing with a fish on the line during a rafting trip in Hells Canyon.

Unforced memories. Genuine memories. No TV. No internet. No distractions. Just quality time with your favorites people doing awesome activities together.

5. It’s good to try new things

Get out of the rut. Trying something new always feels good after you’ve done it.

6. Sleep under the stars

Nighttime sky full of stars against canyon walls during a Hells Canyon Whitewater Rafting Trip on the Snake River

This sounds like a small one but sleeping in nature under a crystal clear sky full of the Milky Way, shooting stars and satellites does something to your soul. It seems to reconnect us to our human history.


Interested in jumping our one of the best overnight Idaho rafting trips out there?

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Chartering a River Trip

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Chartering a River Trip

Looking for a private river trip with just you and the people you know? A Charter Trip is the right kind of trip for you. Whether its a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip or a Lower Salmon Rafting Trip, here are some great group ideas to get the most out of your chartered trip:

1. Family Trips

A family looks on as a whitewater rafting guide points out the safest way through a rapid on a Hells Canyon Rafting Trip

Perfect for 1 family or more looking for an extra special family vacation. Tailor the trip to your family’s wants and needs whether it’s more camp time to play beach games, more hikes to explore the canyon, more fishing time on the river, or a combination of everything. It’s your trip to design!

2. Business Trips

There is no better team building exercise than an outdoor adventure. Pull your team together, get them to Idaho, and we’ll provide the perfect backdrop for bonding, working together and most of all having fun together. Times to pull over to the shore and have meetings can be scheduled, or the trips can run like a vacation.

3. Family Reunions

a group in gray sweatshirts poses during a whitewater rafting trip in from of a hells canyon vista

Gather your extended family and head into Hells Canyon or the Salmon River for a unique experience. Take up to 22 people of a reunion they will never forget. Activities, pacing and even the food menu can be altered to fit what your family is into.

4. Specialty Trips

a woman does yoga against mountains during a sunset

Wine tasting? Whiskey Tasting? Private Yoga Trip? Foodie Trip? It’s really up to your imagination. We love combining rafting with other great activities. Let us know what you’re thinking and we’ll make it happen!

5. Bachelor or Bachelorette Parties

Looking to do something different for your stag party? Look no further! Take your guys or ladies on an epic rafting trip. Whitewater raft, fish, hike, kayak, and camp to your heart’s content. Have a special idea to make it one-of-a-kind? Let us know!


These trips are highly customizable so it’s best to call or email us for the best Idaho whitewater rafting. Hells Canyon Rafting and Salmon River Rafting are both perfect for groups big or small.