Frequently Asked Questions:
What to bring: • Your sense of adventure!
Do not bring valuable items on whitewater trips such as cameras, car keys, expensive jewelry, etc.
What we provide: • Splash gear and wet suits for cold days
• Neoprene booties
• Type V life jackets
• An awesome river experience!
Where do I meet for my trip? When you arrive at our office in Gardner, Montana, go directly to our check-in counter. Once you have checked in, your guide will give you a brief overview of your trip and provide the appropriate gear. Once introductions have been made and you are geared up, your guide will drive you to the Yellowstone River put-in area. At the Yellowstone River, your guide will then go over safety precautions and last minute details before you hit the river.
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What time should I arrive? We recommend you arrive at least 30 minutes before your trip time to make sure you are thoroughly prepared for an exciting journey down the Yellowstone River. PLEASE BE ON TIME.
How large are the rafts? Our 16' self-bailing rafts will accommodate 8 guests and 1 guide. All of our whitewater rafts are custom crafted according to the highest industry standards.
What's the minimum age? Wild West Rafting welcomes families! On whitewater trips the minimum age is generally 6 years old or children at least 40 lbs. Depending on water levels, our guides may raise or lower the minimum age to ensure a safe fun trip for all.
How safe is whitewater rafting? Safety is our number one priority. Wild West Rafting guides are all certified and have excellent safety records. Every guide holds First Aid, CPR and Swift Water Rescue Certificates at a minimum and undergoes in-depth training in all aspects of river guiding and rescue. All Wild West Rafting trips are equipped with a first aid kit and rescue equipment.
We ask all participants to realize the inherent risks involved with whitewater rafting and we reserve the right to refuse potential participants if we feel they may jeopardize the safety of a trip.
What about special medical conditions? When you book your trip please let the reservations agent know about any particular medical condition you may have including diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, heart conditions, bee sting allergies, and pregnancy. If you are concerned we recommend you consult your physician prior to rafting. We strongly warn against whitewater rafting for women who are pregnant.
What is the cancellation policy? Our cancellation policy is 24 hours before scheduled departure time. We reserve the right to charge 50% of the trip
cost to your card if you do not comply with our policy, and 100% for a “no show.”
What about large groups? Whitewater rafting is a group activity! We'll accommodate all types of large groups including wedding parties, corporate groups, church groups and family reunions. To make a reservation for more than 8 people, call 800-862-0557 or 406-848-2252.
How many miles do we travel? Our Half Day Whitewater trips cover 8 miles.
Full Day Whitewater trips cover 18 miles.
Spectacular Scenic floats cover 6 miles.
Inflatable Kayak trips cover 6 miles.
Small Boat, Big Water cover 8 miles.
How long do the trips take? All times are approximate.
Our Half Day Whitewater trips are approximately 2-3 hours.
Our Full Day Whitewater trips are approximately 4-5 hours.
Our Spectacular Scenic float and Inflatable Kayak trips are approximately 2 hours.
Our Small Boat, Big Water trips are approximately 2-3 hours.
Our Saddle and Paddle trips are approximately 5-6 hours.
Have more questions? We're happy to answer them!
Call us at 800-862-0557 or 406-848-2252