Our Guides

 

CISCO GUEVARA

Founder and president of Los Rios River Runners, Cisco has been running the Rio Grande for over 40 years. Born and raised in Los Alamos, where his father was a thermonuclear engineer, he is also a noted storyteller, performing annually at the Taos Storytelling Festival and at other events nationwide (for more info, visit ciscoguevara.com). He holds first descents of various rivers in the Copper Canyon area of Mexico and the lower Rio Costilla. He is on the board of the environmental organization Amigos Bravos, and is executive director of the New Mexico River Outfitter Association.

 

JOHN HARVEY

John grew up in New Mexico, and has a degree in Environmental Science. He has been a river guide with Los Rios since 1992, and in the winter he works on Ski Patrol at Taos Ski Valley. He has traveled around the world, and spent five years paddling outrigger canoes in Hawaii.
 

 

 

 

BRIAN BARNHART

Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue technician, urban farmer, and occasional musician, Brian has been guiding with Los Rios since 2005. Born in Japan in 1974 and raised in Kansas City, Brian studied art in Paris and went on to become a high school and college art instructor. He has also been a NYC bicycle messenger, ski instructor, wildfire firefighter, and horseback wilderness guide in Taos, Sedona, and Hawaii. He helped to create a circus theater group, with which he travelled in a veggie-oil-run bus, performing in streets, schools, and orphanages from Canada to Costa Rica. He and his wife are building an earthship house on their land in Taos.


 

NATHAN OSWALD

"Oz," as he's known to all, is a lifelong resident of the four corners states. A boater since childhood, he has been guiding commercially since 2004, and joined Los Rios in 2007. An avid traveler, adventurer, and provocateur, his personality reflects the contributions of Salvador Dali, William Burroughs, Henry Kissinger, and Frank Zappa to his DNA. He enjoys, he says, "the small moment of inner quiet you can only attain by immersing yourself in the paralyzing terror of watching your contemporaries crash and burn." On dry land, he delights in performance poetry, gardening, string quartets, and humoring his lovely wife, Genevieve.
 

ELI SHEPPARD

Eli has been a raft guide for 17 years, all but one of them with Los Rios. Born in Boulder, CO, he grew up in Taos, and has a degree in ski area operations from Colorado Mountain College. In the winters, he is snow-making manager at Angel Fire ski area. He enjoys all outdoor pursuits, including skiing, fishing, and hiking, and loves the Rio Grande.


 

 

 

DAN IRION

Dan began boating as a kid on the backyard ditch behind his house in Austin, Texas. While studying finance at the University of Colorado he got into kayaking. He has been a river guide with Los Rios for 12 years. He plays mandolin in the regional band The Last to Know, and is a partner in the Taos Brewing Company (www.taosmesabrewing.com).
 

 


 

SUZIE BENTON

Suzie is originally from Colorado Springs, and has been boating professionally with Los Rios since 2006. She holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and teaches the Watershed Education program for the nonprofit organization Rivers & Birds in Taos County public schools. The mother of three boys, she makes her own wine and cheese, and is currently building a house. She also enjoys wild-crafting and is a dedicated "birdnerd." Agua es Vida!

 

 

BRUCE BERMUDEZ

Bruce has been guiding with Los Rios since 2009. Before that he was in the US Army, stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX, and in Baghdad. He is currently in his final year at New Mexico State and the University of Texas El Paso, double majoring in marketing and international business. His family is from Taos Pueblo, and he speaks fluent Korean.

 

 

 

RICHARD GILLILAND

Richard was born in the Philippines and grew up in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He got his MA in architecture at Texas Tech, and worked as an architect in Albuquerque for three years before moving to Taos in 2010, when he began guiding with Los Rios. He enjoys snowboarding, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking.
 

 

 

TRENTON KNIGHT

Trenton moved to Taos from Amarillo, TX, in 1999, and joined Los Rios as a raft guide in 2010. He is a keen climber, kayaker, and backcountry skier, and in the winter works as a ski tech.

 


 


PATRICK TRUJILLO

Patrick learned whitewater rafting at a young age from a slightly crazy uncle on Wyoming's upper Snake River, and is now a second-year guide with Los Rios. He grew up in Colorado and has lived in Taos for almost 20 years, broken by stints in New York and the Pacific Northwest. He is also an aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter, a published author, and an accomplished woodworker and home builder in his off-time.

 

BRADLEY THOMPSON

2013 will be Bradley's fifth season as guide on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama. Originally from Ruidoso, NM, he has also lived in Glacier, WA. He enjoys painting, reading, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and sailing. He is an exceptional glass artist, specializing in marbles.

 

 


PAST GUIDES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?


TONY BURCHELL:

graduated from UNM law school, is now clerking for the New Mexico Supreme Court

 

 

 

 

DENIELLE PERRY:

Denielle is now a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Oregon
where she researches river conservation.

 

 

SOPHIA BREYER:

Is now a mother of two. She is also a physical therapist and African dance teacher.