Our New Mexico rafting guides are exceptional whitewater professionals with thousands of hours in the field and years of experience guiding not just in NM but all over the United States and in some cases all around the world. The guides are the people who make any river trip stand out above the others and our guides have gone through rigorous training on sections of river we run. In addition all of our guides are swiftwater rescue trained and have emergency medical training.
Also known as 'Bean', Katrina is a key figure at New Mexico River Adventures and one of the most professional guides on the Rio Grande. With 20 years of experience on rivers all over the country, her passion for river running is infectious. Her knowledge of the river canyons and history of the area combined with a great sense of humor and impeccable safety management helps to make every trip the best possible. When not on the river, you can usually find Bean working on her off-grid, self sufficient home on the rim of the Rio Grande with her husband, Matt, who is also a river guide on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.
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A native of northern New Mexico, Elias was raised on the banks of the Rio Grande in Embudo, NM, Elias started his career with NMRA and has become one of the most requested guides on the river. Elias is one of our New Mexico rafting guide trainers as well as the first ACA certified Stand Up Paddleboard instructor in the state of New Mexico. Along with his wife and son, Elias lives on the same property where he was raised....right on the river! During the off season, he is a teacher as well as the varsity wrestling and football coach at Espanola Valley High School. When he is not on the river, Elias enjoys snowboarding and spending time with his wife Sarah and their son due to join us in 2013!
Sean has been a river guide for the last seven years, including a season on the world class rivers of Costa Rica. Outside of Costa Rica, all seven of those years have been spent on his home waters of the mighty Rio Grande. The seeds of moving about on the water, were planted early on by his grandfather, a true master of the paddle arts. Sean is a solid navigator and his calm demeanor along with his keen eye for safety has made him a key part of the NMRA team. Cycling is his other passion and Outside of the river realm, Sean can be found perfecting the mechanical master pieces of hand built bicycles and classic Volkswagens.
A native New Mexican, Garret moved to Taos in the winter of 2010 after graduating from the University of New Mexico. He began rafting the following summer, quickly falling in love with the river and the community surrounding it, and has since been in and out of his home state, looking for adventure in the deserts, mountains, and rivers. Garret chases whitewater to West Virginia in the Fall months to work on the Gauley River and during the winter you can find him teaching people to ski at Sipapu Ski Resort.
Wendy's passion for rivers began in early childhood growing up canoeing and fishing the many rivers running through the Ozark Mountains. While spending every possible free moment honing her canoe skills on local rivers, Wendy earned her Master's Degree at the University of Missouri. After several years as a social worker in Missouri, Wendy moved to Colorado to work with homeless youth and began exploring the rivers and mountains of the Southwest and discovered a love for a new type of boat, the river raft. Whenever Wendy is not guiding others down the Northern New Mexico slopes and rivers, she can usually be found with a couple friends and her dog doing what she's always done with her free time, boating and fishing her way down a river. In 2013, Wendy will compete in a 340 mile canoe race in Missouri, one of the most challenging in the world!
Growing up with Scouting in his native Ohio, Travis found his place playing outside in the dirt early on. After moving West and falling in love with the mountains, rivers, and canyons he knew there was no going back to the flat-lands. He is thrilled to be able to work at what he loves and share this wonderful place with his guests. He spends his winters working and skiing at Taos Ski Valley and the time in between at his workbench, hopelessly tinkering on the next big project.
Devin Beck was raised in Phoenix, Arizona where he grew up with a true love for the outdoors and the Desert. In 2012 he became a New Mexico rafting guide for New Mexico River Adventures and immediately fell in love with the rivers of Northern New Mexico. Since then he has moved to the Taos are permanently to pursue his rafting career and a career in the education system during the rest of the year.
Jamie grew up playing in the snowy, Rocky Mountains of Lander Wyoming. Chasing her love for snow, she moved to Bellingham, Washington to ride her snowboard on the legendary Mt. Baker and begin an apprenticeship as a production potter. Her passion for boating began in the Northwest and a quest for sunshine brought her to New Mexico in 2011. The graceful snowboard squiggles she makes in Taos Ski Valley's champagne powder snow are only matched by her skillful moves on the roaring Rio Grande. With a true eye for form and movement, it's no wonder she can be found in her pottery studio when she's not on the river. Jamie has spent over a decade working in the food industry and puts that experience to good use making the magic of our multi-day rafting trips.
Brad Hooker grew up in New Britain, CT and from an early age has been fascinated by water. From bobbing in storm swells at the beach in Cape Cod to jumping off waterfalls and swimming in the rivers of the Adirondack mountains, he gained a respect for its beauty and power. In 2010, after graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in French and International Affairs, he moved to Taos Ski Valley, NM. As the snow melted, he followed it down to the sandy, boulder filled banks of the Rio Grande Gorge. In 2012 he began his guiding career and instantly felt at home amongst its crashing waves, geothermic hot springs, and lush riparian habitat. He's been hooked ever since. When he's not on the river he can be found hiking in the Sangre De Cristo mountains and working as a ski patroller at Taos Ski Valley.
Jenne was raised in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. She learned to ski as a toddler, and developed a love for the outdoors early in life. After High School, Jenne worked backstage at rock shows and concerts as a stagehand/spotlight operator/rigger for 10 years. Her greatest accomplishment is being the proud mom of 3 amazing kiddos, who also love exploring and being outside and doing cool stuff. Although, she has been a performing singer/songwriter/musician for 20 years and you can often hear her playing at the Blue Heron Brewery and Vivac Winery after your trip. Jenne have been a ski instructor for 3 years, has mastered the art of Nunchucks and is a passionate rafting photographer and proud NMRA team member for three years.
Wendy started her rafting career on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama and has been in love with rivers ever since. She has left New Mexico to search out other rivers in the U.S and beyond but could never find anything that compares to the rivers and community of Northern New Mexico. Whether it's a calm float through the Bosque or an exciting ride through the world-class whitewater of the Taos Box, she loves to share her passion for the river with everyone in her boat. When not on the river, Wendy enjoys walking her dogs on area trails and kayaking her local rivers.
Matt started rafting and kayaking at the age of 18 and knew right away that this was the life for him. He ran his first commercial raft trip on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama in 1992 and has been in love with the rivers of New Mexico since. Before recently returning to the New Mexico he has dedicated his time to exploring the greatest river trips in the U.S. and around the world. His hobbies away from the river include playing with his dogs, seeing bluegrass legends and planning the next big adventure.
Just back from another great trip to Santa Fe. We discovered NMRA last year and rafted with them twice. The second time we discovered the brewery directly across the street and fell further in love with this little patch of the rio grande.
I have a 7 year old and my brother has a 5 and 8 year old. Ryan, our guide for both trips last year and our one trip this year, was awesome. Great personality, remembered names, made the ride interesting, had been prepared with facts about the region, river, etc. I think I know who the owners are, and they are wonderful, but it is a testament to their team that it doesn't matter if they are helping you or one of their staff is manning the counter.
As an important aside, they have a fully stocked shop for those items that you may have forgotten or didn't know you needed. And they don't take advantage of you either. Everything is fairly priced. I will, one day, book a three day trip with this outfit and really test our rafting and outdoorsmanship, but that will have to be in a few years when our children are big enough to handle it. For now, the lazy race course in the late summer is a perfectly mild adventure for our family.Brock S.