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The Yellowstone Raft Company was started in 1978 as the original whitewater outfitter in Gardiner.
We love whitewater and want you to love it too! Over the years, owners have changed from whitewater guides and ski bums of the 80's to whitewater guides and ski bums of this day and age. However, over the years, our commitment to fun, safety, and whitewater excellence has remained. Still the most experienced company in the valley, requiring all of our guides to have First Aid, CPR, Swiftwater Rescue, and extensive on river training. Current owners Rob and Robin Trotter have guided commercially all over the country from California to West Virginia and Alaska to Colorado, bringing their experience and love of rivers to the Yellowstone Raft Company. Through the years they have found that safety, quality of guides, professionalism, and kindness are key factors in providing a quality river trip. You can find them in the office taking reservations, handing out wetsuits, driving the bus, or guiding you down the river.
How to find us:
We are located at 111 2nd St. (2nd St. is Hwy 89) in Gardiner, Montana. Gardiner is the the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in southwest Montana. Most visitors reach Yellowstone by driving or flying into Salt Lake City (UT) , Jackson (WY), Bozeman (MT), or Billings (MT).
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If you are traveling from the south (From Salt Lake City, Jackson, or anywhere in Yellowstone National Park), head north towards Mammoth Hot Springs on Highway 89. Once you reach Mammoth, continue north towards Gardiner. As you exit the Roosevelt Arch and Yellowstone, make your immediate right following signs to Hwy 89 and Livingston. At the next intersection (marked by an arrowed LIVINGSTON sign) turn left onto Hwy 89. We are on the left next to the Two Bit Saloon and across the street from K-Bar Pizza.
If you are traveling from the north (From Bozeman or Billings) on I-90 exit at #333 (Livingston) to Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner, and Highway 89 South. Once on Hwy 89 continue south towards Gardiner for 52 miles. In Gardiner stay on Hwy 89 (the main road through town), after you cross over the Yellowstone River Bridge we are two blocks up on the right. If you get to a stop sign you've gone one block too far.
Below are drive times to popular destinations in and around Yellowstone National Park, drive times depend on terrain and whether you're traveling inside Yellowstone. Mammoth Hot Springs is a 15 minute drive or 5 miles from our office.
Tower Roosevelt45 mins-1hr23 miles
Canyon1 - 1 & 1/2 hrs38 miles
Old Faithful2 hrs55 miles
Yellowstone Lake2 hrs55 miles
West Yellowstone1 & 1/2 hrs - 2 hrs55 miles
Bozeman1 & 1/2 hrs86 miles
Livingston1 hr52 miles
Chico Hot Spring1/2 hr30 miles
Links to Area Tourism Partners
Homestead Cabin at Old Chico
Yellowstone River Motel in Gardiner
Yellowstone Safari Company
The Welcome Cabin, a rental cabin near Bozeman
Gardiner Guest House B&B
Parks Fly Shop
Yellowstone Suites Bed and Breakfast
Absaroka Beartooth Outfitters
Gardiner Chamber of Commerce