Snake River Trip Itinerary
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Our goal is to bring each and every customer into a state of "River-Time". To do this, the Zoller staff has carefully crafted each detail of your Hell's Canyon rafting vacation to provide maximum enjoyment and relaxation. The following itinerary will paint a pleasant picture of what you can expect in our daily routines.
Morning of day one in Hell’s Canyon
Guests meet the Zoller staff at Hell’s Canyon Dam on the Snake River where your rafts will be waiting in the river, ready for you to raft the Snake River. Guides will provide you with the dry-bags and all other gear needed for rafting the Snake River. We don’t spend much time at the Snake River launch site as we are itching to raft into the wilderness and start our rafting fun in Hell’s Canyon.
On day one of rafting
after a couple miles of getting used to paddling and a hearty lunch next to the Snake River we will hit two of the largest rapids of the Snake River, Wild Sheep and Granite Creek. They are large waved rapids and fairly long, best described as a very wet roller coaster ride. Day one also has two short hikes that let us see a settler’s cabin and some pictographs. We continue down the Snake River a few more miles to our first nights camp where you will be treated to camp hospitality beyond belief.
Once camp is set, its time for some horsdoeuvres and a fresh fruit smoothie while sitting next to the Snake River and looking straight up into Hell’s Canyon. A little hiking, maybe some fishing, or my personal favorite, sitting will make your afternoon complete. A fancy dinner is will be in the works shortly and an evening of fun and relaxation to follow
Breakfast is served about 8:00
or when-ever you rise and shine. For the extra early risers, the coffee is on about 6AM with some fresh baked dutch oven coffee crumb cake. Can you imagine sitting next to the Snake River in Hell’s Canyon early in the morning, coffee in hand? It’s magical. Early morning risers have the best chance of seeing deer, elk, mt. goat and big horn sheep feeding out in the open. You can bring your own binoculars or borrow the pair that we bring along.
We like to be back on the Snake River and rafting by 10AM, giving us plenty of time to explore an old ranch cabin, check out a really cool spring and conquer several great rapids for day two. Day two whitewater rafting features rapids such as Upper and Lower Bernard, No Name, Water Spout and Rush Creek. All of these rapids are great fun with large roller coaster waves sure to soak you with the warm (70+ degree) water of the Snake River. Many guests choose to do some kayaking on day two in one of our inflatable kayaks that can be paddled with one or two people. Lunch is served again river-side style and we will hit camp #2 mid afternoon. Have you ever had a Pina’ Colada out of a pineapple husk? Pretty nice! But not near as nice as having one in the deepest gorge of North America. Relax in camp until dinner, or head off on another camp adventure. Of all of the crazy things, we pull out a special shower tent on afternoon #2 and all who desire may take a nice hot shower (one at a time, not a group event!). Night number two gets a little bit reflective for some guests as they are just getting relaxed and realize that their rafting vacation ends the next day. The guests that choose the five day rafting vacation have a relaxed, if not smug, look on their faces knowing that they have several more days away from civilization.
Day number three
puts us on the river no later than 10AM for a leisurely float to end the folks with the three day rafting vacation. At lunch, we arrive at an incredible museum in the middle of Hell’s Canyon. It is the former home of a sheep rancher who later became the governor of Idaho. After lunch and a visit to the museum, it’s back on the river for some fun class III rapids and the take out location for the three day rafting vacation guests. All guests exiting the river at this point will find their vehicles waiting for them. After some hugs and waves good-bye, we continue down the river with the five day guests to enjoy another 45ish miles of relaxation in Hell’s Canyon.
River time on days 4 and 5 lack the whitewater of the first two days of the adventure, but lack nothing in beauty, relaxation, history and fun. The number one comment we have from guests on the 3-day Snake River rafting vacation is that they wished they would have gone the extra two days.
Planned menu for Hell’s Canyon Snake River rafting vacations
Please let us know if you have any allergies, vegetarian or vegan rafters in your party. We can gladly serve them well.
Lunch: Fresh deli sandwich bar with fresh fruit and cookies. Juice soda and water. These are not just any sandwich fixings. Great breads with fresh cut veggies, variety of cheeses and meats and custom spreads from our own “Class V deli”.
Dinner: Salmon Bake! What more could I say? Dipping breads with balsamic dip, a blend of steamed veggies grilled bread and just to make it sinful, cheesecake with fresh strawberries and a little chocolate. An after dinner coffee or tea with several other beverage choices are always available.
Breakfast: For the early risers, we will have coffee and dutch oven crumb cake ready extra early while the camp chefs are setting the table for the “Hell’s Canyon Omelet Bar”. With at least 7 items to choose from, you will get a custom omelet when you want it. Sides of fresh sliced melons and sizzling bacon round out your Snake River breakfast. We like to cook and serve your breakfast when you want it. No waiting for everyone to be ready at a set time. Coffee, Mocha, Late’ (with whip cream and chocolate sprinkles), tea, hot chocolate, cider and juice.
Lunch: You might still be full from breakfast, but we hope you left a little room for a fun Snake River style river side lunch of bagel sandwiches with cream cheese, pesto, fresh meats and cheese, sliced fruit and smoked salmon. Cold beverages always available.
Dinner: Once we hit the beach from a fun day of rafting, chips and my favorite, “mango salsa” come out for a pre-dinner horsdoeuvre. After that, you will see the guides starting in on an amazing meal of steak, shrimp-kabobs (lots of fresh veggies on these kabobs) chicken cesar salad, red potatoes and a dutch oven pineapple upside-down cake. An after dinner coffee or tea with several other beverage choices are always available. If we are lucky, we will hear some music coming out of “Fiddler’s Cove”
Breakfast: For the early risers, we will have coffee and dutch oven crumb cake ready extra early (coffee should be ready by 6AM). Then, its time to start fixing our own version of Hell’s Canyon Breakfast Burritos. Filled with fresh grilled sausage, shredded cheddar cheese, mild-mango salsa, guacamole, sour cream, bell peppers, onion and potato. Sit all of that next to some fresh sliced melons and our standard coffee, Mocha, Late’ (with whip cream and chocolate sprinkles), tea, hot chocolate, cider and juice to complete your feast.
Lunch: Stuffed Pita bread sandwiches, along with smoked salmon and watermelon and an assortment of fresh fruits and the ever available cold beverages will hit the spot on a warm Hell’s Canyon afternoon. This might be the point where we say good-bye to our three day rafting vacation guests.
Dinner: After a little snack with crackers and seafood dip, you will see the guides loading up the dutch ovens to prepare a bbq rib feast to beat all feasts. Pasta salad made fresh along with tomato wedges and corn on the cob really round the dinner out. Extra napkins mandatory. An after dinner coffee or tea with several other beverage choices are always available.
Breakfast: Day four we go a little lighter on breakfast to make sure we hit the river earlier just in case there are miles to be made up from the past couple of days. Of course, after all you have been eating, a little lighter might be the only way to go. This morning we will have croissants, muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit and oat meal available along with our morning beverage selections.
Lunch: With your toes wiggling in a the warm Snake River sand you will relax with a bagel, cream cheese, pesto and smoked salmon sandwich with fresh fruit and watermelon too. Cold beverages ready and waiting.
Dinner: More dutch oven magic for your fourth and final dinner in Hell’s Canyon. This time its our own special blend of sauce and spice to make “Hell’s Canyon dutch oven chicken”. Back home at our headquarters where we cater dutch oven lunches and dinners, this is our most requested selection. Mixed steamed veggies, fresh fruit, and rice pilaf combine for a perfect riverside dinner. Let all of that settle just for a bit and then the dutch oven peach cobbler comes off of the coals and your mouth will just water… again. An after dinner coffee or tea with several other beverage choices are always available.
Breakfast: For the early risers, we will have coffee and dutch oven crumb cake ready extra early (coffee should be ready by 6AM). For our main course, we will dine on fresh baked biscuits topped with light gravy and a side of sausage and mixed fresh fruit and melons. Coffee, Mocha, Late’ (with whip cream and chocolate sprinkles), tea, hot chocolate, cider and juice.
Lunch: Tortilla wrap sandwiches filled with fresh veggies, meat and cheese. Sides of fresh fruit, cookies and other river snacks. Cold beverages always available.