On August 21, 2017, a Total Solar Eclipse will be seen across the United States. On that day, the moon’s umbral shadow will pass over the United States, with Jackson Hole lying directly in the path of totality—meaning, as seen from Jackson Hole, the sun will become completely covered as the moon passes between Earth and the sun. Top-rated river outfitter Mad River Boat Trips offers adventurers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness a total eclipse of the sun during a whitewater trip down Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s Wild and Scenic Snake River.
The “Solar Eclipse Special” consists of an 8-mile ride down the Snake River’s eight sets of rapids, ranging from class I to class III, where guests will see a variety of river features including Lunch Counter and Big Kahuna Rapids, Million Dollar Fishing Hole, Gauging Straights and Bailing Straights. Whitewater rafting guides share information about the history of the area as well as its native flora and fauna. While on the trip, guests might see river otters, osprey and bald eagles, as well as mountain goat, mule deer, elk or even a grizzly or black bear. Along the way, guests on this trip will stop for a lunch on Mad River’s exclusive Blind Canyon campsite, which is accessible only via the river. The solar eclipse viewing will take place at the Blind Canyon campsite, where the trip will make a two hour stop for full viewing privileges.
Launching at 8:30 a.m., the Solar Eclipse Special takes six hours and includes the riverside lunch, gratuity, private viewing party and transportation to and from the Mad River Boat House. Pickups may be arranged from most Jackson and Teton Village locations. Guests must check in by 8 a.m.
Both 8-person and 16-person rafts are available for this special excursion; the price for a spot on an 8-person raft is $323.80 and the price per spot on a 16-person raft is $299.80. This specialty trip is all inclusive and includes transportation to and from the river, wetsuits and booties (when requested), guide gratuity, all taxes and fees, a riverside meal and special solar eclipse viewing glasses.