You can’t beat a day on the river, and you definitely can’t beat a day on the river that starts off with a campfire breakfast. Dishing recently got to enjoy a morning on the river with Sands Whitewater on a scenic and whitewater combo trip.
We started off the morning adventure by meeting bright and early with our enthusiastic guide, Ben. The staff were super friendly, and we even got to meet owner, Charlie Sands. One of the best parts of the trip was hearing the great tales of the Snake River and the exciting history of Jackson Hole. We saw many gold and bald eagles as well as beautiful scenery.
We launched south of Hoback Junction on the Snake River to start off the scenic portion of our trip. The scenic part of the trip includes roughly 13 miles of gorgeous river bends, wildlife, and scenery as well as the campsite for Sands’ riverside breakfast.
We pulled off the river and headed up to the campsite where breakfast was waiting for us. Nestled in a gorgeous wildflower valley are multiple tee pees that are used during over-night trips, a campfire, picnic tables and a kitchen. We were served pancakes, sausages, eggs and coffee. The breakfast around the campfire was the perfect start to the day and helped fuel us for the whitewater that we were about to tackle. We enjoyed our pancake breakfast around the campfire and then decided to explore the tee pees. Sands Whitewater hosts overnight trips throughout the summer, and it looked like it would be a great time.
We got back on the river and finished up the scenic portion of the trip. After waiting for the other two boats to join us we embarked on some of the best whitewater Wyoming has to offer. Our guide made sure we hit every wave possible and soaked us with fresh mountain water throughout the trip. When we came close to the “big waves” of the trip we were reminded to smile at the photographers above on the rocks. I’ll admit, attempting to smile for a camera while holding on to a raft and oar is hard work!
This combo trip was so much fun and the perfect way to start my day. The breakfast on the riverside was filling and delicious, and the the trip itself was filled with lifelong memories. If you are interested in booking a combo trip, scenic trip, overnight trip or whitewater trip make sure to check out sandswhitewater.com and book your trip. I plan on doing this adventure a few more times this summer and encourage you to do the same.