A Colorado native, I am hooked on the cycle that starts with snow sports that, as days get longer and warmer, transition to liquid-water sports. I’ve guided rafts and kayaked on and off for more than 20 years, including a little paddling through Mexico, Central and South America, and some east-coast action guiding a season on the Gauley. While not on the river or doing some other outdoor sport, I like to cook, garden, read, and sell kettle corn at the farmer’s market. I have a degree in geology from the University of Puget Sound that helps me appreciate the outdoor landscape and the geologic processes that created it. When summer is over, I am an elementary school teacher and I teach skiing and snowboarding on the weekends and holidays. I like to bring my teenage daughter on raft trips when I can, and this year she is working in the shop and shuttling paddle boards. Next summer, when she’s old enough, and if I raised her right, she’ll start guiding.
What Our Customers Say
Awesome trip on Roaring Fork! Had an amazing half day trip on the Roaring Fork with Neil!! He was super personable, fun, gave clear instructions, and made us feel very…read moreHad an amazing half day trip on the Roaring Fork with Neil!! He was super personable, fun, gave clear instructions, and made us feel very safe on the river! All of Aspen Whitewater Rafting took great precautions to ensure social distancing from beginning to end. They coached when to wear masks, wear to sit on the busses, and kept the groups separate when getting ready for rafting. Would hands down do this again, but would come back for Class IV instead! It’s a beautiful summer in Aspen, so this is definitely the time to try out rafting!read less
The cheery on top in Aspen We had a great experience! My girlfriend booked this for my birthday and I am so glad she went with these guys! Dan was a…read moreWe had a great experience! My girlfriend booked this for my birthday and I am so glad she went with these guys! Dan was a great guide and made sure that we had the best time. Following our adventure, I reached out to them directly as I was having difficulty locating our photos from that special day. Jim was a lot of help on the phone and made the process a breeze. If you are in Aspen, don’t miss out on having some fun with Aspen Whitewater rafting. It is an experience you wouldn’t want to miss!read less
Had the best time rafting on the Middle Roaring Fork River. The Class 2 rapids were perfect for those in our group who were first…read moreHad the best time rafting on the Middle Roaring Fork River. The Class 2 rapids were perfect for those in our group who were first timers, but it was still a blast even for those who are used to Class 3+ rapids. Colby was a great guide, he was helpful and conscious of all skill levels and told the best jokes as we were making our way down to the bottom. All of the staff were the perfect mix of professional and fun. So happy with our trip, we will definitely come back! Thank you to the AWR team for making this experience so fun and memorable!read less
Amazing morning on river for first time rafters If you are first timers like my family then this is the company to book. We had Chris and he was an amazing guide. We…read moreIf you are first timers like my family then this is the company to book. We had Chris and he was an amazing guide. We have a 7 and 9 year old and we have never been been rafting. We did the level 2 and he made it so exciting and fun for the girls. We had a few dips which was perfect for us. The float down the river is so relaxing and beautiful. I was anxious about a rafting trip but I would definitely do it again. And I would ask for Chris. Thanks for a great time!read less
Highlight of our Reunion Weekend! Our College Friends Reunion Weekend was so memorable because of Aspen Whitewater Rafting! Not only are they professional and reasonably…read moreHighlight of our Reunion Weekend! Our College Friends Reunion Weekend was so memorable because of Aspen Whitewater Rafting! Not only are they professional and reasonably priced, but so safe and fun at the same time. Our adventure of whitewater rafting on the Roaring Fork River could not be beat. From booking our trip, to our shuttle pick-up, to the fun adventure down the river, snacks and shuttle back to our hotel’s front door! We had 2 boats and they did an excellent job keeping us close enough to heckle each other, but distanced enough to get the full experience and adventure! What service and amazing experience these guys/gals provided!! You can tell they love doing this, and do a great job of a priority of safety first!! – but well balanced with so much fun!!!! We all know more about the safety of being on-river now, and we had such an enjoyable weekend because of it – all Thanks to AWR and their great company of guides and staff! Thank you for an amazing adventure! We will return!!!read less
We originally had booked the milder raft trip since it was our first time. Jim called us and suggested that we do the class III…read moreWe originally had booked the milder raft trip since it was our first time. Jim called us and suggested that we do the class III one, most people are fine with that one for their first time. We are so glad he did. Our whole family enjoyed the experience. Dave was our guide on our boat, he was excellent. He knew his stuff.read less