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Adult 18+
Child All minors must be accompanied by an adult

Intro To Packrafting – Three Day/ Two Night Trip

Packrafting is a form of travel that combines hiking and boating (and other human powered pursuits—biking, skiing, etc). As a concept, it has been around since the mid 1800’s but gained some popularity in the late 1990’s early 2000’s as a number of well-known Alaskan adventurers were using them to complete large traverses and source to sea descents.

These boats are lightweight—roughly 8 lbs, and can be carried on your back, or filled with all your belongings and paddled down a navigable waterway—using a river or creek as a trail. While packrafts can and are used solely on river trips, they are typically not a craft used to avoid hiking. Rather, they are used in addition to hiking to move through a landscape in a unique way that treats waterways (when possible) as an extension of trails or off-trail travel.

Intro/Intermediate packrafting – 3 day 2 night trips are aimed at familiarizing the paddler with paddling skills, intro to paddle to hike transitions, intro to portaging, trip prep and logistics planning and developing decision-making and risk management skills.

These packraft adventures are more remote than other trips and will not have any amenities or easy access to roads or cell coverage. Camping will be remote and participants are required to practice sound Leave No Trace. There will be portaging, hiking and many river hazards to assess and navigate on this trip—we will not boat every rapid we come to. Your guide will facilitate decision risk assessment, consequence evaluation and group decision making. Travel days will be longer and less predictable than our intro courses. All participants are required to be adaptable, embrace uncertainty and be excited to learn new skills, practice situational awareness and conservative risk management habits. We will always make and communicate a plan, but we may not always get to stick to that plan.

*Pricing includes some equipment, food, instructor planning time, permitting, shuttle logistics, pre-trip discussions and prep, post trip discussions and resources, post trip meal. Bringing your own boat is encouraged but does not change the price. Items such as wetsuits and drysuits are an additional rental cost/day and are available upon request.


Serviced by Wyoming Rives Cooperative: Wyoming Rivers Cooperative is a for-profit river company with a mission: to reconnect individuals and communities to their waterways through experience-based river trips and cooperative partnerships. Founded by Landon Blanchard and Elyse Guarino in late 2019, WRC aims to fill a niche in the outdoor recreation sector by combining our decades of professional guiding experience with our backgrounds in conservation, partnerships and non-profit organization.

Meals: Lunch and snacks are provided on both days. Be sure to let us know if you have dietary restrictions.

Whitewater Classification: We will travel a Class I-II river on our first day and if guests do well, work up to Class III+ (depending on water levels) Please inquire if you or a group member is best suited for this trip.

Packrafts: Packrafting is a form of travel that combines hiking and boating (and other human-powered pursuits—biking, skiing, etc). These boats are lightweight—roughly 8 lbs, and can be carried on your back, or filled with all your belongings and paddled down a navigable waterway—using a river or creek as a trail. During a packrafting clinic, we will travel only by water to familiarize guests with the craft. Each paddler will be in their own boat, provided by us unless they request to use their own boat and paddle. All life jackets worn must be provided by Wyoming River Trips or Wyoming Rivers Cooperative.

Requirements and Restrictions: Ages 16+ (All minors must be accompanied by an adult). Additionally, individuals must be must be able to paddle and sit upright for in an engaged position for up to 2 hours straight, be able to get in and out of boats many times a day from a low squat position. Please email or call if you have further questions about you or your group’s eligibility.

Duration: This is a 3-day clinic. Guests are responsible for finding campsites or booking hotels for the evenings of their trip. Guests will meet at the location sited in the confirmation email at 8am and be off the water on day 1 by 3 or 4 pm. They will eat dinner on their own and stay at their previously reserved hotel or campsite. Day 2 we will meet again at 8am and be off the water by 3 or 4pm. Guests and guides will enjoy dinner and final discussions together out on the town.


  • Shuttles to and from start location and end location
  • camping and boating equipment if needed. (if you have your own equipment let us know. You can either get acquainted with your own gear or try out our system. Brining your own boat, does not change the price)
  • Select additional rental equipment.
  • Lunches, snacks and one dinner out.
  • Necessary permits and instruction on acquiring permits included​
  • Instruction in offensive and defensive swim positions, swift-water entry and exit, and basic rescue tools​
  • Risk assessment tools and decision-making coaching
  • Discussion on gear and camping considerations, trip prep, travel considerations and emergency procedures
  • In-depth discussion on meal planning methodologies
  • Feedback on skills progression and recommended next steps and resourcesA detailed list of what to bring/how to dress will be sent in your confirmation email.