Our Guides

2024 Guides and Staff

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, Wilderness First Responder, AIARE Pro 1

Jason Thiemann

Manager | Co-owner

Born and raised in Nebraska, Jason moved to Moab in 2005 after graduating college. Since then he’s spent much of his time exploring the deserts and mountains of the West. He’s climbed hundreds of mountains and scrambled through countless canyons, from Death Valley to the high peaks of Colorado and California. He spends his winters chasing the sun and avoiding cold and snow, usually in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

Certifications: History nerd, political junkie, literature snob

Utah River Guide Adam Morrisett

Adam Morrisett

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Adam has been part of the Red River Adventures crew since April 2010. Right from the start, Adam showed the initiative it takes to be a great guide and trip leader by hiring and adding himself to our roster of guides.

A canyoneer and river junkie, addicted to good music and great friends, we are lucky he hired himself. In the winter, his days are spent riding Wasatch Powder, with nights in the cab of a groomer building features at Brighton.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, ACA Swiftwater Rescue, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Brian Johnson

Raft Guide Trainer | Guide: Rafting, Climbing, Canyoneering, Ice

Straight out of Cazenovia, New York, Brian has a chipper old soul. Since he was a kid, he’s enjoyed spending all of his time scrambling rocks around New York. Since moving to Moab, he has developed a passion for climbing big sandstone rocks. Although a rock enthusiast, Brian fell in love with the water when he took his first trip down the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Brian is an all-around outdoor junkie and is always up for new adventures!

Certifications: AMGA Rock Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Cage Vigil

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Cage was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, which has allowed him to cut his teeth in the Wasatch Mountains. Cage has spent the last four years guiding, instructing, and educating in the Ogden area, as well as other parts of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Cage has worked on rock, snow, and water, and loves sharing his passions with those that join him in the wilderness.

When he’s not working, Cage spends his time volunteering with search and rescue, climbing big rocks and mountains, and hanging out with his dog and family.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Swiftwater 1, SPRAT 1, MRT-2, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Charbo

Boatyard Manager | Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in the suburban oasis of Long Island, New York, Charbo has called Utah home for five years now. To quote his horoscope in the local paper, Charbo is an “Original Idea Machine” that will keep you laughing on rock, rivers, and canyons.

Charbo’s passion for rediscovering familiar places keeps bringing him back to Moab year after year.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Emily Larsen

Guide: Rafting

Born and raised in Bountiful, Utah, Emily has grown a special love for the outdoors. She loves doing anything outside and spends her time hiking, climbing, snowboarding and rafting. During the colder months, Emily can be found attending local concerts, playing the trumpet in an all-women’s jazz combo, and going to class at Utah State University.

Emily’s goal for the season is to navigate the rapids with the grace of a swan, the humor of a comedian, and the wisdom of a river sage.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR

Grace Bauer

Guide: Rafting

Grace was born in Wisconsin and raised in Frisco, Colorado. Grace’s biggest passion is traveling and learning new skills and activities. Grace loves doing anything outside, but has a good balance of down time activities too. She likes scrapbooking, reading, video games, and art.

She currently lives in her truck camper and travels around working seasonal jobs in different areas. It’s rare for her to stay in one place longer than a year. Grace’s goal this season is to learn as many dad jokes as possible.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Aid, CPR

Jake Glockner

Guide: Rafting

Jake grew up in Ohio, where he learned how to ski, climb, and whitewater kayak. Wanting to progress in his passions, he moved to the mountains of north-central Colorado. After college, Jake worked as an engineer for two years until leaving to pursue a career outside. He works as a ski coach for Winter Park’s competition center in the winters and as a climbing guide in the summers. No longer stuck in a cubicle, Jake spends his days smashing whitewater with friends, climbing Utah’s beautiful sandstone, and chasing snowstorms for powder skiing.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Jonas Jacobs

Guide: Rafting

Meet Jonas, a born-and-raised Seattleite who ended up in Moab for the same reason as our visitors—it’s awesome! An avid enjoyer of new experiences and all things outdoors, he spends most of his free time rafting, hiking, and climbing. Always ready for a conversation, he loves learning new things about people and places.

Jonas spends the majority of his time on the river, but during the off-season, he plans to return to the University of Utah to continue studying computer science.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR

Jordan Dullnigg

Guide: Rafting

Coming from the ‘burbs of Chicago, Jordan has settled in Ogden, Utah for the last 4 years for college at Weber State University, studying Special Education. Jordan has guided at the Weber State Outdoor Program for the last 4 years, working on rock, water and the adaptive climbing clinics.

When Jordan is not on the river, you can find her attempting to ski the powder of the Wasatch Mountains and reading.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

June Rust

Guide: Rafting

June was born in Talkeetna, Alaska, and transplanted to Salt Lake City as a nursing student. Her biggest love is alpine climbing, and she grew up on the confluence of three rivers. She’s loved her time on the Colorado River, and while she’s drawn to the sandstone climbing of the Southwest, she’s always down to get rowdy on the waves anytime.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, First Aid, CPR, Certified Nursing Assistant, NOLS Rock Climbing Graduate

Kenzie Knippers

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arizona, Kenzie is a graduate of Arizona State University. Kenzie is an extremely easy-going person but will probably make friends with your dog before introducing herself. In her spare time, she enjoys a steep hike, climbing some rock, or a day at the lake. Overall she is most proud of her ability to catch on quickly to new activities, as well as her work as a Catalina Island Marine Institute counselor.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Kira Langell

Guide: Rafting

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Kira spent her time running wild in the expansive redwood forests and catching waves on the Santa Cruz coastline. Kira migrated to Utah five years ago, and has since spent every free moment skiing, hiking, climbing, and rafting. Perpetually in pursuit of adventure, Kira is looking forward to spending her days exploring the Moab desert.

Kira has an affinity for ecology and evolution, and knows just about everything about Moab’s desert biome. If there’s anything Kira is good for, it’s strange and obscure animal facts.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, EMT, CPR

Liz Greer

Guide: Rafting

Liz grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, where she developed a deep love for whitewater and the outdoors. After graduating from George Washington University with a B.A. in International Affairs, she decided to pursue her passion for guiding full-time prior to going to grad school.

Following working on the Rio Grande and Chattooga River, a combined interest in whitewater and geology led her to Moab, where she’ll excitedly share every fact about rocks she knows if you’ll lend an ear. On her days off, you can find Liz crocheting, kayaking, and going for long runs on trail.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Maggie Groene

Guide: Rafting

Maggie is a born and raised Moab local, and her parents were lowering her down cliffs and getting her on the river before she could even walk. She just finished her first year studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah, and has loved getting to ski nearly three times a week (especially in the Wasatch backcountry). However, at heart she’s still a desert girl, and loves nothing more than being on slickrock out under a full starry sky.

She posts on Strava like it’s a full time job, will laugh at just about any joke (no matter how bad), and loves getting to share her hometown with people who love it just as much as she does.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Aid, CPR

Makayla Hunick

Guide: Rafting

Makayla was born in American Fork, Utah. She has spent many years traveling overseas and across the United States. With much curiosity and excitement for the outdoors, she continues to explore the world. A lot of her free time is spent snowboarding, hiking, camping, climbing or anything water-based.

She’s in for any outdoor adventure, taking photographs any chance she gets. Adventure is in her blood and passion for nature is in her soul.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Mary Eden

Guide: Climbing | Indian Creek Crack Camps | Owner, Big Beauty Pitches Productions

Mary Catherine Eden, a Kentucky transplant, moved to Moab and fell in love with the rocks, canyons, and desert life. Originally an endurance horse trainer, she turned into a rock climbing fanatic! Mary is currently an AMGA Rock Guide Apprentice training for her Advanced Rock Guide course. Her favorite kind of climbing involves long days with scenic summits, unique Indian Creek splitters, and crazy wide cracks. If she isn’t in a canyon or climbing a route then you’ll most likely find her delving into climbing photography. After volunteering for the National Park Service for six months, Mary discovered her love of guided walks and entered the guiding industry. She is stoked and excited for every new season!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Molly Older

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Hailing from beautiful upstate New York, Molly landed in Moab to chase the desert sun. A lover of candy and crazy ideas, you can find her doing almost anything, as long as it’s outdoors. She enjoys new experiences and learning as much as she can!

Her biggest goals are to one day land a kickflip and to laugh as much as possible. She is always stoked to get on the river and rock and lives to share her passion of the outdoors with others.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Noah McKelvin

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Colorado, Noah could be described as an even-keeled old soul. As a kid, Noah fell in love with all facets of the outdoors, from getting to the summit of over 100 desert towers to alpine climbing in some of the bigger mountain ranges of the world.

Although he enjoys the high adventure in climbing, he also enjoys time spent on the river and canyoneering. Noah has lived and breathed the outdoors for his whole life. Previously a first responder, he made the transition into guiding due to the burning desire to share his passion of the outdoors with others.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, EMT, CPR

Savannah Jessop

Guide: Rafting

Savannah was raised in Sandy, Utah, where she spent most of her time in the Cottonwood canyons and swimming. After moving to St. George, she found that the red rock is where she’s meant to be. She’s a warm-weather lover with an affinity for clay and making people laugh. In her down time, you can find her in her ceramics studio or wandering around the desert and looking at rock formations.

Her goal this summer in Moab is to befriend the local ravens to follow her down the river.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Aid, CPR

Will Morgan

Guide: Rafting

Growing up in Salt Lake City, Will shares a fond passion for recreating outdoors. During the winter months, he loves to ski and board at Beaver Mountain and Alta Ski Resort. In the summer, he enjoys fly fishing, rafting, and paddle boarding up Logan Canyon and other canyons in northern Utah and Idaho. Will is a recent graduate from Utah State University, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Technology Systems Product Development.

A few of Will’s goals for this summer are to bring to the river a bundle of energy, positive vibes, and excellent experiences. He also plans to be as informed as possible so he can provide relevant and up-to-date information for his passengers. He enjoys learning about geological features and the ecology of Southern Utah and Colorado.

Certifications: Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Aid, CPR

2024 Rock Guides and Instructors

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, Wilderness First Responder, AAIRE Pro 1

Brian Johnson

Raft Guide Trainer | Guide: Rafting, Climbing, Canyoneering, Ice

Straight out of Cazenovia, New York, Brian has a chipper old soul. Since he was a kid, he’s enjoyed spending all of his time scrambling rocks around New York. Since moving to Moab, he has developed a passion for climbing big sandstone rocks. Although a rock enthusiast, Brian fell in love with the water when he took his first trip down the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Brian is an all-around outdoor junkie and is always up for new adventures!

Certifications: AMGA Rock Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Cage Vigil

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Cage was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, which has allowed him to cut his teeth in the Wasatch Mountains. Cage has spent the last four years guiding, instructing, and educating in the Ogden area, as well as other parts of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Cage has worked on rock, snow, and water, and loves sharing his passions with those that join him in the wilderness.

When he’s not working, Cage spends his time volunteering with search and rescue, climbing big rocks and mountains, and hanging out with his dog and family.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Swiftwater 1, SPRAT 1, MRT-2, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Charbo

Boatyard Manager | Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in the suburban oasis of Long Island, New York, Charbo has called Utah home for five years now. To quote his horoscope in the local paper, Charbo is an “Original Idea Machine” that will keep you laughing on rock, rivers, and canyons.

Charbo’s passion for rediscovering familiar places keeps bringing him back to Moab year after year.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Kenzie Knippers

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arizona, Kenzie is a graduate of Arizona State University. Kenzie is an extremely easy-going person but will probably make friends with your dog before introducing herself. In her spare time, she enjoys a steep hike, climbing some rock, or a day at the lake. Overall she is most proud of her ability to catch on quickly to new activities, as well as her work as a Catalina Island Marine Institute counselor.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Mary Eden

Guide: Climbing | Indian Creek Crack Camps | Owner, Big Beauty Pitches Productions

Mary Catherine Eden, a Kentucky transplant, moved to Moab and fell in love with the rocks, canyons, and desert life. Originally an endurance horse trainer, she turned into a rock climbing fanatic! Mary is currently an AMGA Rock Guide Apprentice training for her Advanced Rock Guide course. Her favorite kind of climbing involves long days with scenic summits, unique Indian Creek splitters, and crazy wide cracks. If she isn’t in a canyon or climbing a route then you’ll most likely find her delving into climbing photography. After volunteering for the National Park Service for six months, Mary discovered her love of guided walks and entered the guiding industry. She is stoked and excited for every new season!

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Molly Older

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Hailing from beautiful upstate New York, Molly landed in Moab to chase the desert sun. A lover of candy and crazy ideas, you can find her doing almost anything, as long as it’s outdoors. She enjoys new experiences and learning as much as she can!

Her biggest goals are to one day land a kickflip and to laugh as much as possible. She is always stoked to get on the river and rock and lives to share her passion of the outdoors with others.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Noah McKelvin

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Colorado, Noah could be described as an even-keeled old soul. As a kid, Noah fell in love with all facets of the outdoors, from getting to the summit of over 100 desert towers to alpine climbing in some of the bigger mountain ranges of the world.

Although he enjoys the high adventure in climbing, he also enjoys time spent on the river and canyoneering. Noah has lived and breathed the outdoors for his whole life. Previously a first responder, he made the transition into guiding due to the burning desire to share his passion of the outdoors with others.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, EMT, CPR

John Lemnotis

Guide: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Split Board, Ski

John began his life in the outdoors on the East Coast, learning to ski and snowboard on a small hometown hill, and eventually ditching class whenever possible to escape to the grey bird slopes of Vermont’s resorts. Despite the call of the mountains, John finished college with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and moved to Utah for the beautiful mountains and unrivaled snow quality. By 2015, John realized that Pharmacy wasn’t for him, and he began pursuing a full AMGA certification. In August 2022 John passed his last exam and became the 179th American to gain IFMGA certification.

Certifications: IFMGA Mountain Guide, Pharm.D., Wilderness First Responder

John Kear

Guide and Instructor: AMGA SPI courses and exams
Owner, Suntoucher Mountain Guides | IFMGA Mountain Guide 

John is a full-time mountain guide and AMGA Instructor pool member. John’s climbing, skiing and guiding encompasses nearly three decades of experience. After many years of professional guiding throughout North and South America as well as Europe, he set out on a new path: graduate school. John received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015 and currently practices in Taos, New Mexico. He continues to share his experience, knowledge, and mastery of the mountains, both as an instructor team-member for the American Mountain Guides Association, and as the owner and head guide for Suntoucher Mountain Guides.

Certifications: IFMGA, Wilderness First Responder

2024 Canyoneering Guides

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, Wilderness First Responder, AAIRE Pro 1

Utah River Guide Adam Morrisett

Adam Morrisett

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Adam has been part of the Red River Adventures crew since April 2010. Right from the start, Adam showed the initiative it takes to be a great guide and trip leader by hiring and adding himself to our roster of guides.

A canyoneer and river junkie, addicted to good music and great friends, we are lucky he hired himself. In the winter, his days are spent riding Wasatch Powder, with nights in the cab of a groomer building features at Brighton.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, ACA Swiftwater Rescue, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Brian Johnson

Raft Guide Trainer | Guide: Rafting, Climbing, Canyoneering, Ice

Straight out of Cazenovia, New York, Brian has a chipper old soul. Since he was a kid, he’s enjoyed spending all of his time scrambling rocks around New York. Since moving to Moab, he has developed a passion for climbing big sandstone rocks. Although a rock enthusiast, Brian fell in love with the water when he took his first trip down the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Brian is an all-around outdoor junkie and is always up for new adventures!

Certifications: AMGA Rock Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Cage Vigil

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Cage was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, which has allowed him to cut his teeth in the Wasatch Mountains. Cage has spent the last four years guiding, instructing, and educating in the Ogden area, as well as other parts of Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Cage has worked on rock, snow, and water, and loves sharing his passions with those that join him in the wilderness.

When he’s not working, Cage spends his time volunteering with search and rescue, climbing big rocks and mountains, and hanging out with his dog and family.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Swiftwater 1, SPRAT 1, MRT-2, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Charbo

Boatyard Manager | Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in the suburban oasis of Long Island, New York, Charbo has called Utah home for five years now. To quote his horoscope in the local paper, Charbo is an “Original Idea Machine” that will keep you laughing on rock, rivers, and canyons.

Charbo’s passion for rediscovering familiar places keeps bringing him back to Moab year after year.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Kenzie Knippers

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arizona, Kenzie is a graduate of Arizona State University. Kenzie is an extremely easy-going person but will probably make friends with your dog before introducing herself. In her spare time, she enjoys a steep hike, climbing some rock, or a day at the lake. Overall she is most proud of her ability to catch on quickly to new activities, as well as her work as a Catalina Island Marine Institute counselor.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Molly Older

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Hailing from beautiful upstate New York, Molly landed in Moab to chase the desert sun. A lover of candy and crazy ideas, you can find her doing almost anything, as long as it’s outdoors. She enjoys new experiences and learning as much as she can!

Her biggest goals are to one day land a kickflip and to laugh as much as possible. She is always stoked to get on the river and rock and lives to share her passion of the outdoors with others.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Noah McKelvin

Guide: Rafting, Climbing and Canyoneering

Originally from Colorado, Noah could be described as an even-keeled old soul. As a kid, Noah fell in love with all facets of the outdoors, from getting to the summit of over 100 desert towers to alpine climbing in some of the bigger mountain ranges of the world.

Although he enjoys the high adventure in climbing, he also enjoys time spent on the river and canyoneering. Noah has lived and breathed the outdoors for his whole life. Previously a first responder, he made the transition into guiding due to the burning desire to share his passion of the outdoors with others.

Certifications: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, EMT, CPR

Ice Guides

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, Wilderness First Responder, AAIRE Pro 1

John Lemnotis

Guide: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Split Board, Ski

John began his life in the outdoors on the East Coast, learning to ski and snowboard on a small hometown hill, and eventually ditching class whenever possible to escape to the grey bird slopes of Vermont’s resorts. Despite the call of the mountains, John finished college with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and moved to Utah for the beautiful mountains and unrivaled snow quality. By 2015, John realized that Pharmacy wasn’t for him, and he began pursuing a full AMGA certification. In August 2022 John passed his last exam and became the 179th American to gain IFMGA certification.

Certifications: IFMGA Mountain Guide, Pharm.D., Wilderness First Responder

Brian Johnson

Raft Guide Trainer | Guide: Rafting, Climbing, Canyoneering, Ice

Straight out of Cazenovia, New York, Brian has a chipper old soul. Since he was a kid, he’s enjoyed spending all of his time scrambling rocks around New York. Since moving to Moab, he has developed a passion for climbing big sandstone rocks. Although a rock enthusiast, Brian fell in love with the water when he took his first trip down the Arkansas River in Colorado.

Brian is an all-around outdoor junkie and is always up for new adventures!

Certifications: AMGA Rock Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Licensed Utah River Guide, Wilderness First Responder, CPR

Ski Guides and Instructors

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Carl Dec

Owner | Guide

Originally from New Jersey, Carl quit “Wall Street” and NYC and moved to Salt Lake City in September 1997 to, as his wife puts it, ski. After the first 100-ski-day winter, he discovered the many other outdoor activities that Utah has to offer. Climbing and kayaking quickly became passions, and in 2003, he started Red River Adventures and began rafting operations. Red River added climbing and canyoneering trips to the mix in 2005, followed by skiing trips in 2016. Carl climbs rock, ice, mixed, and alpine, ski tours, and rafts with equal vigor.

Certifications: Licensed Utah and Idaho River Guide, AMGA Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA SPI provider, AMGA Apprentice Ski & Alpine Guide, Wilderness First Responder, AAIRE Pro 1

John Lemnotis

Guide: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Split Board, Ski

John began his life in the outdoors on the East Coast, learning to ski and snowboard on a small hometown hill, and eventually ditching class whenever possible to escape to the grey bird slopes of Vermont’s resorts. Despite the call of the mountains, John finished college with a Doctorate in Pharmacy and moved to Utah for the beautiful mountains and unrivaled snow quality. By 2015, John realized that Pharmacy wasn’t for him, and he began pursuing a full AMGA certification. In August 2022 John passed his last exam and became the 179th American to gain IFMGA certification.

Certifications: IFMGA Mountain Guide, Pharm.D., Wilderness First Responder

John Kear

Guide and Instructor: AMGA SPI courses and exams
Owner, Suntoucher Mountain Guides | IFMGA Mountain Guide 

John is a full-time mountain guide and AMGA Instructor pool member. John’s climbing, skiing and guiding encompasses nearly three decades of experience. After many years of professional guiding throughout North and South America as well as Europe, he set out on a new path: graduate school. John received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015 and currently practices in Taos, New Mexico. He continues to share his experience, knowledge, and mastery of the mountains, both as an instructor team member for the American Mountain Guides Association and as the owner and head guide for Suntoucher Mountain Guides.

Certifications: IFMGA, Wilderness First Responder

River Rafting Reviews and Red River Adventure Testimonials!

Angelique G
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Angelique G
July 13, 2024

Had such an amazing time today! It was the first time any of us had ever gone rafting. Our guide Kira was wonderful! Super knowledgeable, friendly, and comical! Highly recommend Red River rafts and Kira has a guide!

Grace Johnston
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Grace Johnston
July 13, 2024

We loved Red River! My boyfriend and I started our trip in Moab & were fortunate to have Cage as our rock climbing guide. It was the perfect morning excursion to try new types of climbing like crack climbing as both of us were used to only climbing in a gym. A week later, at the end of our trip, we came back for a rafting trip and got Cage as our guide again. He was great & gave us awesome recs for future climbs & rafting trips! Thank you Red River, we will definitely be back :)

Dietrich Heide
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Dietrich Heide
July 13, 2024

Had a great time on the river. Fun guides who went out of the way to ensure people were having as much fun as possible. We will be back!

Brian Kruse
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Brian Kruse
July 12, 2024

My son & I had a great time climbing for the day. Having our guide Jon get us to awesome routes and just as importantly in the shade was great for a summer day of climbing. Even better was all the pointers for how to get some great photos to remember the trip. Would highly recommend Jon for anyone looking to get the most out of their climbing time here.

Richard Luper
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Richard Luper
July 12, 2024

Our guide Maggie is a 2nd generation Moabite and knows the river and area very well. She was awesome and the other guide followed her lead. It would be a pleasure to be on her raft again. Thank you for the great memories. Cheryll, Lucas, Richard Luper.

Chuck Swaney
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Chuck Swaney
July 12, 2024

Had a great morning on the water our guide Cage was great. Very family friendly trip.

Alexandra Rochester
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Alexandra Rochester
July 7, 2024

We did Rock of Ages with Cage as we wanted something a little challenging. What an incredible experience! The rappels were varied in length and style, and the hike through was gorgeous with so many different views. But Cage really made the day special. You can tell he loves his job and cares deeply about the outdoor adventure industry. We are chatty people who share a lot of his interests so it was a great match. Cage’s knowledge of local history, his explanations for what he was doing setting up ropes, and pointing out features of the canyon kept us engaged and excited the entire time. Thank you to Cage for such a great day!

Dwight Norris
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Dwight Norris
July 6, 2024

Our half day white water rafting adventure was a great experience for whole family. This was due in part to the high energy and knowledgeable staff staff. Our raft guide “Liz” steered our raft into the rapids perfectly and informed us about all the great things that the river and Utah have to offer. Thanks Liz!

Cindy F.
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Cindy F.
July 6, 2024

Great experience! Would definitely book again!

Rebecca Roberts
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Rebecca Roberts
July 6, 2024

We had a great time on an afternoon half day excursion. Raft guide was kind, knowledgeable and made the experience a lot of fun!

Darren Simons
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Darren Simons
July 6, 2024

Great trip . Would have like bigger rapids . It was still fun. Grace was are guide , she did a wonderful . Would definitely recommend .

Todd Hoopes
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Todd Hoopes
July 5, 2024

Our second trip with RR, 10 years apart and just as good as the first time! Our guide Kenzie was fantastic. Highly skilled in the art of repelling and a very nice person. Thanks Kenzie, will be back in another 10 years.

Karen Ericson
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Karen Ericson
July 4, 2024

This trip was awesome! Lunch was great. Guide was knowledgeable and lots of fun.

Joerg
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Joerg
July 4, 2024

It was awesome! Kira was out Captain and did a great job!

Andrea Chin
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Andrea Chin
July 4, 2024

Our friend group of seven (4 adults, 3 kids - 13, 13, 9) had a great time with Liz. She took great care of us, taught us so much about the landscape, the water, and animals! She has great energy yet matched our vibe in the boat. We did the full day trip with lunch which was delicious! Highly recommend doing the full day as it takes 45 minutes to get to the site then do safety training. It was really amazing seeing the landscape from a different perspective!

Easton Hamblin
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Easton Hamblin
July 4, 2024

We loved our visit! Guide Jordan was excellent! Thanks for a great experience!

brandon squires
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brandon squires
July 2, 2024

Great experience today. Guides were fun and helpful. Great for our family with kids ranging from 8 to 16. Guides were funny and entertained us with jokes on the drives.

Christy Dimos Jones
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Christy Dimos Jones
July 2, 2024

Great experience…wonderful guide who was great with my children

Heather Averett
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Heather Averett
July 1, 2024

5 stars for the adventure. 5 stars for the bus ride. 5 stars for lunch. 5 stars for our guide, Savanah. 3 stars for the sun as it was a little too bright. I would absolutely do it again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Z Mac
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Z Mac
July 1, 2024

Savannah was awesome! Thanks for being our guide today! Food was great too! No complaints about anything! Excellent time, super fun family experience!

Max Chambers
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Max Chambers
July 1, 2024

Great guides and amazing scenery! The river was fun, mostly class I and a few class II rapids in late June. The best part was lunch, particularly how accommodating Red River was for food allergies (e.g. gluten-free). I would definitely book with them again!

Jennifer Hardy
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Jennifer Hardy
June 30, 2024

Great ride today with Red River Adventures. We did a full day of white water rafting which included a delicious home made lunch. Our guide, Jake, was fantastic, great sense of humor and a kind soul.

Christine Millett
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Christine Millett
June 30, 2024

Great trip!

Chelsi Lee
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Chelsi Lee
June 30, 2024

An adventure almost anyone could enjoy, very grateful for the experience!

Dow Hardy
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Dow Hardy
June 29, 2024

Had a great trip with Jake as our tour guide today. The trip was a great blend of Class 1-2 rapids and smooth running spots. He was a personable, skilled and knowledgeable tour guide, who made our day the best. Highly recommend.

Anna Habben
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Anna Habben
June 29, 2024

We loved our half-day rafting trip with Red River. Their guides were engaged, fun, and knowledgeable. Our kids were a little nervous for their first white water and our guide did a great job at helping them to feel safe so they could have a great time. I’ve rafted the Colorado with other companies and will for sure book with Red River again next time we go.

Marcin Kruszyna
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Marcin Kruszyna
June 28, 2024

We took the whole day tour,it was very well organised , nice lunch, friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Elena Lopez
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Elena Lopez
June 28, 2024

We did a half day rafting tour, it was an AMAZING experience!! Jonas was our guide, he was awesome and great with kids!

Candy Killian
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Candy Killian
June 25, 2024

An exceptional experience with our river rafting guide, Jonas! We will be back again and again!

Megan Wolfe-Polgar
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Megan Wolfe-Polgar
June 25, 2024

We had the best time canyoneering with this company. Our guide Cage was amazing and super knowledgeable about the area. Would definitely return for more trips!

Morgan Macenka
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Morgan Macenka
June 25, 2024

I took my daughter (who is autistic) for her first experience river rafting. Our guide, Emily, was kind, knowledgable and enthusiastic. She was able to pull a group of complete strangers into a cohesive unit, making it a wonderful bonding experience. The scenery was amazing and the rapids were thrilling. I would highly recommend Red River Adventures to anyone.

Stephani Jones
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Stephani Jones
June 24, 2024

Savannah was a great tour guide and made us feel safe and let us have fun! My boys enjoyed the ride and had a great time!

elizabeth larsen
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elizabeth larsen
June 23, 2024

The full day raft was fun, the guides are very friendly and fun to be around, lunch was delicious. I would have liked more rapids as there was only about 5 rapids in 6 hours. But i would do it again. :)

Jed Milne
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Jed Milne
June 23, 2024

All the guides were friendly and informative. Jake was our guide and he kept my 3 boys (all under 10) engaged and made them feel safe. He also let them know the importance of their responsibilities. They all can't wait to do it again. Half day was the perfect amount of time for my fam. Thanks!

Pam and Patrick Breslin
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Pam and Patrick Breslin
June 23, 2024

We had a great time. Easy to schedule and answered all my questions to make me comfortable taking my seven year olds. Emily was an excellent guide and made sure we all had fun. We all wished we’d done a full day!

John K
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John K
June 22, 2024

Red River Adventures are awesome! From booking to arrival, to the bus ride out to the boat ramps, the process is organized and seamless. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable, and are there to make sure you have a safe and fun time. Both the full day and half day tours are a lot of fun and definitely memorable experiences in Moab. I’ve gone on three tours with Red River Adventures and each has been a wonderful experience. This most recent trip, we had folks from 25-66 and our guide Jonas did an amazing job making sure everyone felt comfortable and was having fun. Highly recommend and will be back again!

Richard Luedtke
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Richard Luedtke
June 22, 2024

Red River had an awesome full day tour ~ Grace was a fantastic guide! Adam drove the bus like a pro, such a great experience ~ highly recommend.

Josh Wyman
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Josh Wyman
June 22, 2024

Awesome time!

Lyndsie Memory
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Lyndsie Memory
June 22, 2024

Great fun in a beautiful setting with fun guides!

Andy Weigel
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Andy Weigel
June 21, 2024

Easy booking online for half day rock climbing. Great communication before the outing. Our guide, Kenzie, was fantastic!

Torrey Hunter McCann
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Torrey Hunter McCann
June 20, 2024

We had an amazing experience with the crew at red river adventures. It was a 40 min drive up the canyon on a bus and was a shorter and more relaxing float then we expected but still an amazing time! The views are great and water was calm.

David Koiter
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David Koiter
June 18, 2024

Had an amazing day climbing with John in Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood Canyons! Tacked on an extra day to a work trip to the area to do this. My first time doing multi-pitch, and first time climbing on rock beyond the limestone of southern Ontario. John was just great, I felt comfortable and confident with everything we tackled, and tried/learned so many new things. So happy I chose to do this, and would recommend Red River Adventures to anyone interested in doing something like this!

Wesley Steeb
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Wesley Steeb
June 18, 2024

Can’t wait to come adventure with them again! Kenzie was an amazing guide to do my first rappels with. She is knowledgeable both about climbing and the beautiful land we were in and an all around lovely person to spend a morning outside with. Shout out also to the business team for their graciousness when I had a scheduling issue. Can’t recommend enough.

Kyle Vogel
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Kyle Vogel
June 17, 2024

We took the morning half day trip in mid June. The trip was well managed and our guide Jordan was wonderful.

Jill Lampen
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Jill Lampen
June 17, 2024

Awesome 1/2 day trip with our amazing guide, Liz! She provided a lot of information about the river, vegetation, scenery, and wildlife. We loved the other people in our boat and the other guides were friendly and knowledgeable as well. Probably would’ve have been happy staying on the water longer…full day trip next time! 🙂

Greg Stremcha
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Greg Stremcha
June 17, 2024

Perfect day trip for the family! We had a great time doing the full day trip, which included a fantastic, yet simple lunch. Our guide Jonas kept us laughing and engaged the whole time. He even interacted with the kids, getting them to play games when the water was right. If you’re on the fence about doing a half day or full day- do the full day, you won’t be disappointed!

Dennis Potami
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Dennis Potami
June 17, 2024

Liz was amazing. Smart, entertaining, and professional. Fun facts and stories the whole way. Great day on the river!

Edward Frech
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Edward Frech
June 17, 2024

Trip was incredible! My family had a wonderful experience with our guide Maggie, who was very personable, fun, and kind. We highly recommend Red River and will certainly be back.

Jenn S.
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Jenn S.
June 17, 2024

We booked a half day rafting trip with Red River adventures and had a great time! Our driver Keelee was great, Jake gave us an entertaining ride to the river and our river guide Liz was absolutely fantastic! She is knowledgeable, highly skilled, personable and made us feel at ease. Thanks for a fun afternoon on the water!

Jason Prendergast
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Jason Prendergast
June 16, 2024

Mikayla was an awesome guide. We had a great time.