Salmon River Canyons

4 Day Lower Salmon River "Canyons" Rafting Trip

4 Day Wild and Scenic Lower Salmon River

The Canyons trip is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. It is truly the ideal whitewater rafting trip for families, combining just the right amount of exciting whitewater, swimming, games and relaxing on the beaches. The Salmon River is the largest free flowing river in the lower 48 states giving it an abundance of pristine white sand beaches great for play and overall camp quality. This rafting trip boasts the warmest water, the fewest bugs and the biggest beaches.

The Lower Gorge of the Salmon River is the second deepest canyon in N. America. The geological diversity will amaze as you pass through spectacular landscapes, steep granite walls, and metamorphosed volcanic gorges with columnar basalt formations. Your guides will interpret history of the Nez Perce Indians and the pictographs along the river. You will also visit Chinese pit dwellings, abandoned homesteads, and old mining claims.

Whitewater Rafting Duration

4 Day 3 Night

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Whitewater Rafting Price

1395.00 Adult - 950.00 Youth / Per Person

Whats Included

We provide EVERYTHING you'll need except, of course, personal clothing and toiletry items. Our exceptional back country accommodations and gourmet river kitchen insures our clients the best river trip experience available. The truth is that you don't have to rough it to be able to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Idaho's wild and scenic rivers. Let our professional guides pamper you and your family while enjoying the serenity of the canyon and the thrill of the whitewater.
You will receive a complimentary duffel bag, personal dry bag and large camp bag with sleeping bag and pillow at the pre-trip orientation. A shuttle van will take you to the launch site the next morning at Hammer Creek just 30 minutes from Riggins.

MRO Exclusive

Jet Back All our Salmon River "Canyons" Raft Trips include jet boat ride through Hells Canyon to Pittsburgh landing where your just an hour scenic shuttle back to Riggins. This Jet Boat tour gives you much more time to relax and enjoy the Salmon River eliminating the unpopular and boring last 20 miles on the Snake River to Heller Bar.

  • Where to meet

    Mountain River Outdoor Center across from the Riggins City Park parking lot the night before your launch date before 8:00 PM Mountain Time.

  • Contact Us

    Mountain River Outfitters


Green Canyon - An orientation at the river's edge on safety will take place while your personal gear is loaded to boats. After a few miles of fun roller coaster style rapids a tasty lunch stop on a sandy beach will help you take in the Salmon River Canyons. At about 4pm "river time" camp will be waiting after you have had several miles of river fun. Your tent will be ready and your sleeping pad inflated when you arrive. Splash with the kids, build a real sand castle, play a game or chat with the other adults as the kids are entertained by one of the guides. Enjoy Hors d'oeuvres about an hour before the main dinner course is served.
Cougar Canyon - Our morning spread will be out at 6:00am that will include coffee, tea, coco and all your favorite fixins, breakfast is served around 8:000am. Pack up your personal gear while the guides make the kitchen disappear into back on the gear boat. Enjoy a leisurely morning at camp, playing with the kids, going fishing or soaking up a book from our river library. At about 9:30am, the boats depart for a day of family fun on the river. Learn about more historical sites, the geography of the river and watch your kids faces as they ride the rapids. Enjoy the wildlife and scenery through the afternoon before camping for the night on one of the largest sandy beaches of any river canyon. A campfire after dinner and an astronomy lesson are the perfect bedtime rituals to create the family time for which this trip is known.
Snow Hole Canyon - is filled with lofty waves and rapids with names like "Lorna's Lulu, Bunghole, the Gobbler, and Bodacious Bounce. The memories made on this day are filled with rapids that will last for a lifetime. Add to this the Offsprey and Eagles soaring overhead and the rustic cabins of early settlers and you've just realized you have escaped the ordinary and entered the extraordinary only mother nature can bring. At camp you'll see familiar games on the beach like horseshoes, volleyball, boccee ball and frisbee but we also have a few MRO river games your sure to love. Many choose to join a hike up a mountainside for another perspective of the river and canyon. Hors d'oeuvres, dinner, a crackling fire and clean air will fill your senses for a family rafting vacation like no other.
Blue Canyon - You may swim a gentle rapid with the kids just before you enter a Canyon where indigo colored igneous rock creates a majestic appearance and large rapids. The pace of the river picks up as it enters the Devil's Slide, Sluice Box and Eye of the Needle rapids.
Hells Canyon - The Salmon "River of No Return" you're family has loved joins with the mightier flow of the Snake River at the lower end of colossal Hell's Canyon. Riding on twice the flow, there are some big waves on the Snake River, Oregon and Idaho share the Snake River as a boundary line between the two states. A final big lunch is shared, along with group photos before loading on the jet boat for the ride up Hells Canyon to Pittsburgh landing on the Snake river then a short van shuttle back to Riggins.

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