Our Guides



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 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.





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.



"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.


With 20 plus years working on the rivers thru out New England, and 5 years with Los Rios you can say that Eric loves being on the water.  In the winter he is a ski and Snowboard instructor with more then 15 years of teaching experience, you could say he makes his living chasing the water thru its cycle. With family being a priority he has an amazing kid who is a future raft guide, and his family is living in a tiny house on wheels, Yes like the show. 



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 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, "BB" or "Baby Bruce" has been guiding with Los Rios since 2009. Born in L.A. California, he moved to Taos, New Mexico where he grew up on the reservation at Taos Pueblo. He is an army veteran, an outdoor enthusiast, and loves spending time on the water especially with his blue heeler pup. 

-"Come with me if you want to live!" - Arnold Schwartzenegger The Terminator





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 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 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.




2017 will be Bradley's ninth 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.




Born and Raised in Chimayo, NM, Ely has been guiding since 2001 with 14 of those years as a Box guide.  He has worn many hats during his time in Taos; Art dealer, Ski instructor, EMT and a RN.  An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, sailing and photography as he travels the world.




Miguel Or "Migs" as we fondly refer to him, has been rafting with us since 2012. He Enjoys reafting, snowboarding, cooking and most of all spending time with his family. He loves to make people laugh and smile.



Hannah was born and raised in Idaho and Canada and eventually rambled her way to the southwest in 2010 on a hitch hiking adventure. She has called the Colorado Plateau and its mountains, deserts, canyons and rivers her home ever since. She learned to row a boat on the San Juan river in southern Utah while working with a non profit youth conservation corps. The San Juan and Colorado river sparked a deep passion for rafting in her and once she arrived to Taos in 2014, she pursued a job as river guide with Los Rios. Hannah also enjoys traveling, gardening, making music, spending time in nature and adventure boating.



John Crawford has been a raft guide for 7 years. Originally from Tampa, he was raised in the rugged mountains of inland Florida until he realized that his raft guide skills were already tip-top and he retired to Taos NM. Formerly wildland firefighter, EMT, and snowmaker, he is currently going to school for engineering at NMT.




Kim was raised in Idaho and Wyoming and after high school, attended the University of New Mexico School of Architecture in Albuquerque. She moved to Taos in 1991 and began working for Los Rios in 1995. Kim loves to travel and has spent several winters living, rafting and sailing abroad. She and her partner, Kevin, own a sailboat in the Florida Keys. Kim also enjoys exploring, landscaping, photography, the beach and hanging out with her dogs.  Her photography can be viewed and purchased at kim-pippinger.artistwebsites.com. 







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.






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





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



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