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Arizona River Runners Guide - Amanda K

Amanda K

I was 19 years old the first time I got to float the Grand Canyon I was the only female in a group of eight on a private trip, we had an 18ft bucket boat and 26th J-rig motorboat. At the end of the trip I didn’t want to leave saying, can... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Bill S

Bill S

I began my Grand Canyon career with GCW’s sister company, Arizona River Runners, in the spring of 1990, where I was employed as a full-time guide and trip leader. I’ve now logged 211 trips on the Colorado River! I have been lucky enou... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Blake B

Blake B

When I was entering my sophomore year of high school I was offered a helper position on a two-week rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. The only problem way that I would have to miss the first two weeks of school, so of course, I wanted ... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Brian D

Brian D

I began my career working for Grand Canyon Youth Expeditions as a river guide in 1970. I was also involved with guiding commercial trips as a freelance contract employee for several river outfitters beginning in the early 1970s. During t... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Brie S

Brie S

I grew up running lots of self-support inflatable kayak trips with my dad and I’ve been hooked on rivers ever since. I have been guiding in Cataract Canyon and Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River since 2005, as well as Desolation Cany... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Brock D

Brock D

Northern Arizona University brought me to the state of Arizona from San Diego. Upon graduation, I started working with “at-risk” youth in wilderness settings and running rivers of the southwest. Working with the youth gave me my first ... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Chelsea A

Chelsea A

My first Grand Canyon river trip was in 2002. As often happens, that trip forever changed my life. I’ve been devoted to working in the Canyon ever since. Every year I fall more and more in love with the Colorado River and its canyon. ... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Chris C

Chris C

I am excited to be entering my 24th season as a guide in the Grand Canyon. I can’t think of anything, outside of my own family, that has brought me more joy over the years than the opportunity to spend time guiding on the Colorado River.... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Chris S

Chris S

I am always excited rafting down in the Grand Canyon. I have been guiding in Grand Canyon since 2005 and am fully hooked. I am a native Arizonan and can never get enough of the Canyon. Grand Canyon has been a part of me all of my life and... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Cora A

Cora A

I started attending Northern Arizona University in 2016, and was raised in Flagstaff, Ariz. I love to explore this beautiful world that we live in. I work at Humphrey Summit Ski and Mountain Sports in the winter season, as well as take as... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Cora S

Cora S

Born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ and with the Grand Canyon in my backyard, I have been very lucky to get to experience the Grand Canyon at a very young age. I went on my first river trip when I was only six years old. For summer vacation a... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Dave S

Dave S

While growing up in Tucson, AZ, my first exposure to the Grand Canyon came in 1991 with an introduction to the famous South Rim trails. My folks took the whole family down the South Kaibab and up the Bright Angel, with a couple nights at P... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Doug L

Doug L

I moved to Flagstaff, Arizona in the late summer 1988 and very soon after saw the Grand Canyon for the very first time. I remember standing on the South rim looking out over the canyon and experiencing a strong sense of frustration becaus... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Easy J

Easy J

I was born and raised near the Utah/Arizona border with bare feet in the hot sand, little hands-on fast lizards and bare skin under the sweet summer sun. When I realized there was no career in contemplation, I took up rafting. I love the C... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Erica F

Erica F

I did my first Grand Canyon River Trip in 1997. I became a guide in the season of 2000. I absolutely love Grand Canyon. I feel truly blessed to be able to spend so much time in such an amazing place with so many wonderful people. The canyo... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Grant B

Grant B

I was lucky enough to take a rafting trip in Grand Canyon in 2006 and have been guiding since. I have guided on many rivers in the Southwest and feel incredibly lucky to be in Grand Canyon. I really like the human history associated with r... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Holly F

Holly F

My first rowing experience was in 2000 or so, in Colorado. I started rowing in the Grand in 2013. I was running the Lower Gorge, from Diamond Creek to Lake Mead, on “Diamond Down” trips. I then got lucky enough to be a work-your-way on... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Jake S

Jake S

I have worked as a Grand Canyon river guide since 2006. The first time I hiked the canyon and saw her river I was hooked. I went on a full canyon river trip as a passenger and through some stroke of luck I ended up getting a job as a paid ... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Jason M

Jason M

I have been guiding trips down rivers in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico and working in and around Grand Canyon since 1991. I started out in Grand Canyon doing science trips for the National Park Service, but I had fallen in love with it ... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Jimmy H

Jimmy H

I got out of the Marines and was wondering which school to attend when I saw Martin Litton doing a slideshow of one of his dory trips in Grand Canyon. Needless to say, I was impressed, but let it slip by as just another interesting thing o... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Joe P

Joe P

I have been enthralled by the Grand Canyon since first visiting in the mid-90s and have been hooked by rafting the Colorado River since 1999. I’ve had the privilege to be a participant on many different types of trips — archaeological,... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - John D

John D

As far back as I can remember my family has taken trips to Grand Canyon. I got into rafting rivers in 2000 and have been guiding ever since. I also enjoy climbing, skiing and playing music. Skiing especially is a passion of mine and I have... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Johnny L

Johnny L

I am a Flagstaff native, born and raised. I started doing raft trips in Grand Canyon when I was in high school. My wrestling coach put together a Spring Break raft trip from Lees Ferry down to Phantom Ranch, so I actually rowed my first bo... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Jon S

Jon S

I have had the privilege of guiding river trips in the Grand Canyon for the past 30 years. Even today, each trip brings a sense of exploration, adventure, excitement and renewal. The simple yet rewarding pleasures of hiking up side canyons... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Julie C

Julie C

As a young kid growing up in Arizona, I wanted to get out, go where there were mountains, where it was green and where it wasn’t 120 degrees. Then, as life always does, it taught me a lesson. In 2003, I took my first trip down the Colora... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Kenny G

Kenny G

I moved to the Grand Canyon in 1995 and have since lived all over the canyon. I’ve done stints at South Rim, North Rim and the bottom of the canyon at Phantom Ranch. I have spent the past 5 years guiding all over this amazing place - day... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Lyndsay H

Lyndsay H

Born to a loving family in Columbus, Ohio, Lyndsay (aka “Huppy”) eventually rode visions of grandeur out west where she completed a biology degree at Northern Arizona University and landed the job dreams are made of: guiding river trip... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Marty B

Marty B

Hello river runners. My name is Marty. I am a trip leader for ARR and I look forward to the opportunity to share a Grand Canyon River adventure with you. There are a few things you may want to know about me before we launch on our journey ... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Matt M

Matt M

I went on my first Grand Canyon trip in 2008. It made me feel alive and I knew it was where I wanted to work. After that first trip, I did two more trips before getting hired to run boats in Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River in Moab, U... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Rachel U

Rachel U

I was around the age of 5 when I started backpacking in Grand Canyon, but it wasn’t until I was 19 that I was first introduced to life along the river through a private trip. I fell in love immediately, but spent the next decade or so wo... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Riley B

Riley B

Riley went on her first river trip through Grand Canyon when she was 10 years old, with her dad who was a guide for Arizona River Runners. She fell in love with the place instantly and has been working full time as a river guide since 2007... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Riley W

Riley W

I was first introduced to the Grand Canyon by my folks when I was young. At maybe five or six years old, I began hiking in and around Grand Canyon with them. In 2011, I was lucky enough to be invited on my first Grand Canyon rafting trip. ... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Sean F

Sean F

Born and raised in the Southwest, some of my best memories are of family trips to the Grand Canyon as a kid. I have always had a love for the outdoors and for crazy adventures. A few days after finishing school with degrees in both Constru... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Sirena D

Sirena D

I have had a long-standing love affair with Grand Canyon since moving to Arizona from Chicago to study Archaeology at the University of Arizona. I spent many years exploring the trails and routes of the Canyon on foot before my first river... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Ted D

Ted D

I was first able to experience the Canyon via the Colorado River on a commercial trip in 2008. Since then, I have been guiding different types of trips in Grand Canyon. I get a very special feeling when I am in Grand Canyon and am very app... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Thea S

Thea S

Growing up in Germany, I had never seen Grand Canyon until I was 16 years old. Needless to say, I was blown away by its magnificence. When I moved to Flagstaff in 2008, my older sister was working as a hiking guide in the Canyon; I started... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Tim S

Tim S

I’ve been rafting on the Colorado River since 2011; before that, I was canoeing and kayaking in other places. My first trip in Grand Canyon was as a work-your-way — I fell in love with the river. I really enjoy sharing Native American ... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - TJ G

TJ G

I began guiding Grand Canyon river trips in 1996 and worked as a full­-time guide for 16 seasons, completing about 150 river trips. In 2012, I transitioned into the full-­time Operations Manager for GCW and our sister company, Arizona R... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Trevor H

Trevor H

I went on my first commercial Grand Canyon river trip in 2010. I’m an Arizona native — a Flagstaff native — and my dad kept saying, “Once you go down, you’re going to fall in love with it.” And, sure enough, that happened. I wa... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Tristan S

Tristan S

I fell in love with all rivers as a young kid. Always playing in the water and jumping into any kind of boat that was there in front of me. My dad and step-mom took me on my first river trip through the Grand Canyon when I was 12 and once ... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Troy B

Troy B

My first trip down the Colorado River in Grand Canyon was in 1990. I grew up in a cornfield — I had paddled canoes back in the Midwest on rivers and lakes, but this was my first time in Arizona and my first time doing a river trip. It ju... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Tyler K

Tyler K

I was first introduced to the Grand Canyon by visiting the South Rim when I was about 6 years old. But, I truly didn’t realize its grandeur and awe until I was about 19 and started working for a river outfitting company in Flagstaff, Ari... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Walt G

Walt G

My first experience with Grand Canyon was hiking into Thunder River with my brother Ross, from the North Rim. My two brothers both worked for Grand Canyon Whitewater’s sister company, Arizona River Runners in the 1970’s. They brought t... Show more

Arizona River Runners Guide - Zach F

Zach F

My first river trip through the Grand Canyon was in June 2009, and that is when I fell in love with the Canyon. There is something to be said about the solitude, peacefulness, tranquility and the awe-inspiring beauty the Canyon has to offe... Show more