How To Tip Your Guide

Should I Tip My Guide?

That’s a really good question and one we get asked often. While we don’t have a mandatory tipping policy for our guides, we can say this. Our rafting guides are the best in the business. They are highly trained professionals who are passionate about what they do. This is not just a job for them; it’s a way of life. Our guides do much more than bring you safely down the river or put you on fish. They are storytellers, history buffs, animal and plant identifiers, comedians and many even cook meals for you. If you feel your guide has done a great job and made your experience a memorable one, then you can certainly show your appreciation by giving them a tip.

How Much Should I Tip?

The amount you tip is completely up to you. Guiding is considered a service industry and many people believe that anyone in the service industry (like restaurants, hotel employees and hair dressers) should get between 10 – 20% of the total cost of the service. For example, if your trip was $200, and your guide made your experience a memorable one, a $20 – $40 tip would be generous and greatly appreciated!

Who Does My Tip Go To?

The guides are the superheros of our industry. They spend most of their time on the front lines and they are who you will remember at the end of the day. What many don’t realize is that behind the guide is an entire team of supporting staff who works tirelessly to make sure your trip is a success. There are reservationists, drivers, horse packers, housekeepers, and kitchen staff who all work together to support the guide on the river. All of these groups share in tips given to the guides throughout the season. So, when you do decide to tip, feel good knowing that you are saying thank you to more than just the guide and everyone appreciates your generosity!

I went on a trip recently and forgot to tip my guide. Can I still send them a tip?

Yes! Give us a call at 406-888-5454 and we will be able to assist with tipping your guide.