Bruneau River Rafting
The Bruneau River winds through a spectacular desert canyon with sheer basalt and rhyolite cliffs rising hundreds of feet above the boats. The canyon is incredibly narrow and colorful. Ancient juniper trees lean over the rafts as we venture by. The Bruneau consistently offers demanding boating with many rocky rapids and drops. This leads us to the famous "Five Mile Rapids" where the river descends through a spectacular series of class IV whitewater rapids with very little time between the drops! During our adventure, we will enjoy hikes into side canyons with intriguing caves and arches.
On our Bruneau River trips, you can choose a 2-3 day extension prior to the Bruneau launch on the Jarbidge River. This is a small, steep river upstream from the Bruneau with amazing scenery and two probable portages, including a new rapid, "Barker Falls," which was created by a landslide on June 3rd, 2009.
Jarbidge/Bruneau River Rafting Expeditions (available May and June):
4-Day Bruneau Trip - $1550/person
6-Day Jarbidge/Bruneau Trip - $2,500/person
7-Day Jarbidge/Bruneau Trip - $2,670/person
I find myself returning every year to visit the Bruneau/Owyhee Canyonlands with Jon Barker. After more than a dozen trips, there is nowhere I'd rather visit. Barker continues to find new and amazing side canyons to explore. It's a real treat to travel through these gorges where so few people have been."
- Larry F. (Oregon)
Bruneau - Owyhee Canyonlands
Consider adding 2-3 days of a vehicle-supported Canyoneering/Hiking Expedition to your river trip. We drive by vehicle to day hikes, canyon overlooks, hot springs, and the most spectacular side canyons in the region. You'll hike during the day and in the evening you'll relax in a luxurious camp set up by your guides. These adventures allow you to see the primary river gorge, plus you will get to see many remote canyons that cannot be reached from the river.