Our Guides

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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.

Bruce Graff

With more than 30 years of commercial rafting, Bruce is one of our most senior guides here at Los Rios. Bruce and his wife Dawn are avid travelers and love to adventure to far away places. His love for the river is evident in every trip he takes.

Bruce on the Rio
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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 have 2 beautiful daughters and love to dance!

Brian Westwater
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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. She also enjoys wild-crafting and is a dedicated "birdnerd." Agua es Vida!

Kim Pippinger

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.

kim and puppy
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Eric Baryza

With 20 plus years working on the rivers throughout New England, and 6 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.

Eric Mordhorst

Eric, more commonly known as Mordi, has been with Los Rios for 10 years. An avid outdoorsmen he has run many rivers in his career and continues to add to the list. He is a videographer and photographer as well as an English professor during the school year.

mordi rowing
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Miguel Graham

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

Hannah Ryan

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.

Hannah hiking
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John Kaeck

John has been with the Los Rios family since 2014, he is an avid outdoorsmen who loves to ski and boat with his family. He is a college professor in his spare time as well as a builder.

James Collins

James joined the Los Rios Crew as a Rookie in 2015. Originally from West Virginia he made the trek to Taos just for kicks and never left. In the off season he is a snowmaker. He loves being outside and listening to the birds on his property down by the river.

James in a funyak
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Micah Davidson

Micah Davidson joined the crew in 2015 and he is the best bus driver in the business. Micah arrived for his job interview in his own personal bus, with his wife, 5 kids and 1 on the way. He serves Los Rios with his mechanical and back country knowledge and has received training as a river runner. In the off season he coaches competitive Mixed Martial Arts and submission wrestling as well as homeschooling all of his kids. His mission is to show Love and respect to his co-workers and guests.