Ride and Raft Adventure

Let's Raft & Ride!

Welcome to Montana! Let’s raft rivers and ride horses – you can do both on the same day, or split up these activities over the course of your vacation.

For horseback riding in and around Glacier National Park we recommend our fellow Glacier National Park concession partner, Swan Mountain Outfitters. Their West Glacier corral is right across the street from us, at the Crown of the Continent Discovery Center. You can also choose to ride at the Apgar, Lake McDonald, or Many Glacier corrals. Learn more about the different rides out of these areas below and on Swan Mountain’s website.

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Pricing

Call For Pricing & Additional Information: (406) 387-5555

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How to Ride & Raft

  1. Book your horseback ride with Swan Mountain Outfitters. Their phone number is 406-387-4405. Swan Mountain offers trail rides ranging from an hour to an entire day. We recommend the 10am ride at the Apgar Corral.
  2. Book your rafting trip with us! We raft on the Wild and Scenic River that forms Glacier National Park’s border. Choose between whitewater and scenic experiences.
    • Whitewater rafting trip – book here. Tackling 10 named rapids over about 9 miles in the John F. Stevens Canyon. Let’s do it! We recommend the 3:15pm departure.
    • A peaceful Scenic Float, for approximately 2 hours of river bliss. We recommend the 3:00pm departure.

Keep in mind that the rafting trips meet a half hour earlier, at 2:45pm and and 2:30pm respectively.

Read about all of our half day, full day, and multi-day whitewater and scenic float options here.

Pro Tip:
Pick up lunch ahead of time, in Whitefish/Columbia Falls/Kalispell or visit one of several tasty spots here in West Glacier. You can check out all of our dining recs in our Insiders Guide to Glacier National Park. We also have snacks (chips, snack bars, nuts) and cold drinks for sale in our office.

What Should I Bring?

  • Wear clothes you won’t mind getting wet rafting – which might not be the same ones you’ll feel best in for horseback riding. Swan Mountain Outfitters FAQ for horseback riding is here.
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Ride and Raft Key Points

  • No experience necessary for rafting or riding.
  • Weight requirements for horseback riding are here, but generally riders must weigh 225 pounds or less.
  • Minimum age for horseback riding is 7 years.
  • For rafting, no maximum weight, but must be able to buckle a 58″ chest life jacket.
  • Minimum age for rafting varies with river flows, but Scenic Floats are typically available for rafters age 3 and up, and Whitewater Adventures are typically available for rafters age 5 and up.
  • Horseback riding duration: approximately 2 hours.
  • Rafting duration: about 3 hours, although the length of the rafting trip depends on the river flow. In June through early July, trips last about 2.5 hours. Mid-July through early August, about 3 hours. Mid-August through the end of season, approximately 3.5 hours.
  • Restrooms, Gear + Gift shop, WiFi, and volleyball are all available on our campus for your pre and post rafting entertainment!
  • Trips depart rain or shine.
  • Rafting Testimonial

    If you’re looking to try white water rafting in glacier (which you should!) Glacier Guides is the place to go! My husband and I were on our honeymoon and this was our first rafting experience, and it could not have been better! James was prepared with experience, knowledge and jokes. We felt very safe with James in charge. He also offered numerous places and hikes in the park for all experience levels. Highly recommend!

    — Rebecca Herchenroether

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    Holy cow this place is awesome! Right from the start, everyone was so nice and friendly and fun! Our family headed down the river for the scenic float with our three littles (9, 7 & 3) and my FIL and MIL (who cannot swim and is terrified of water!). We had the best time and our guide Nicolette was super knowledgeable about the river and the area. After the float we stayed for dinner and, let me just tell you, it blew my expectations out of the water! I was expecting to get our main course with a couple sides but they had that PLUS crazy yummy appetizers AND dessert too! I cannot recommend Montana Raft enough! If you have time, do the dinner option. You will not be disappointed!!

    — Jacki Kelly

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  • Rafting Testimonial

    Great ride! The views were amazing. Connor was our guide and did a great job sharing his knowledge of the route. I actually jumped in the river, and it was quite refreshing! I highly recommend spending time exploring Glacier National Park with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft. They are very professional and make the ride more fun.

    — P.J. Wubbena

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  • Rafting Testimonial

    We had such a great time! Our guide was Nicolette, and she was fantastic. She was so
    knowledgeable about the park, river, and everything Montana. We weren’t sure what to expect upon arrival, and ended up making the best memories of our trip. I very highly recommend this company & the relaxing raft tour. Make it a priority if you’re visiting Glacier! Will definitely be back!

    — Amanda Stenzel

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  • Rafting Testimonial

    I highly recommend booking with Glacier Guides. We booked white water rafting for 3 guys and had a blast. We felt like the guides did a really great job of demonstrating their expertise on the water and sharing history about the local area. Joe in particular was a great dude. If you’re in town, these guys are the best!

    — David Williamson

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