Scenic Floats: River Rafting & Tubing
For scenic views, wildlife watching and an overall good time, take a scenic float trip on any of the pristine waters near Bozeman, Montana.
- Scenic Float trips are a relaxing way to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife in the area around Bozeman, MT.
- Calm stretches of water can be found on the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone River.
- When you sign up for a guide trip, all you need to bring is your smile and a camera.
A scenic float trip is one of those “no experience necessary” extra ordinary activities filled with fun, laughter, and excitement. Many of the scenic float trips on the rivers of Montana begin with a few miles of picturesque mountain views. As you flow along you will be treated to the sights of eagles, osprey and a wide array of other birds. Occasionally you will see bear, deer, elk and beavers. From the rivers you will be able to have a fantastic view of the gorgeous canyons, lush tree covered mountains and experience the jumping of trout next to your boat.
Where to go on a Scenic Float Trip
One of the best places to enjoy a soothing scenic float is to meander down the Paradise Valley on the Yellowstone River. This is a great way to enjoy the scenic aspects of the Absaroka Mountains and the Gallatin Mountains. Wildlife abounds and there are many photo opportunities.
The Gallatin River also offers some incredible scenery. There are stretches of calm for a relaxing scenic float and stretches of the Gallatin have some challenging whitewater.
Don’t forget the Madison River. It too is a great river to enjoy stretches of relaxing and scenic views as you float leisurely along, with the easiest and most leisurely of sections being west of Bozeman on State Hwy 84 about 25 miles, known as the Beartrap area (between FWP access points Warm Springs and Black's Ford).
Rentals & Fees
Whether you want to enjoy your scenic float as a group all on one raft, or each of you paddle your own canoe, kayak or paddle board, you can find rental equipment at various Float Companies and Sports Shops in the Bozeman area.
Hire a Guide
The Rivers in this area are wide and deep – often with a large volume of water flowing through. Even in "low water" season (August, generally), the Yellowstone, Madison and Gallatin River can have some exciting waves. A guide has the knowledge and experience to safely take you down the River. When you sign up for a guide trip, all you need to bring is your smile and a camera. Everything else is provided.
You should also be aware that some sections of the Rivers that run through Yellowstone National Park can only be floated by those outfitter who have a commercial float permit from the Park.
You can arrange to take a scenic and informative trip by contacting any of the River Companies and guides listed below.
The fee or charge for a guided scenic float trip varies.
and Travel Updates