Wilderness Aware’s White Water Guides & Managers

We Are Proud to Deliver the Best Whitewater Rafting Trips in the World!

Wilderness Aware takes a tremendous amount of pride in the unique individuals we hire to become part of our company. Here is a look at the people that make up our white water rafting family.

Meet Our Owners and Managers:

  • The Greiner Family – Owners – Joe and Sue Greiner purchased Wilderness Aware in 1985. Joe got his start in the outdoors in Boy Scouts and is an Eagle Scout. His degree is in Environmental Interpretation. Joe and Sue have two sons, Benjamin and Ethan.
  • Jody Werner – Information Systems – Jody began working for Wilderness Aware in 1986. Since then she has worked as a shuttle driver, Office Manager and finally as the Information Systems Manager. Jody moved to Buena Vista in 1978, is married to husband Pete, has two sons RJ and Nathan, and two grandbabies Michael and Bailey.
  • Lillian Simpson – Digital Marketing – Lillian started working for Wilderness Aware in 2001. She worked in the office before moving into the Office Manger position in 2006, and into the Digital Marketing and Design position in 2010. Lillian has a degree in art and education from Fort Lewis in Durango, CO, is married to husband Craig and has one son, Chase.
  • Brad Kingman – Operations Manager – Brad was hired by Wilderness Aware in 2006. Since then he has worked from WA as a guide both in Colorado and Arizona. His experience on the Salt River in both 2008 and 2009 earned him a spot as the Salt River Manger in 2010, head boatman in 2013 and finally as Operations Manager in 2014.
  • Katie Schmitt – Office Manager – Katie starting working for Wilderness Aware in the summer of 2006. She has working as an office reservationist during the summer before moving into the Office Manger position in 2009. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2010.
  • Catelin Miles – Assistant Office Manager – Catelin came to work for Wilderness Aware in 2009. Her first four summers at WA she worked as an office reservationist before taking on the challenge of guiding in 2013. In 2014 she began splitting her time between guiding on the river and working in the office as the Assistant Office Manager. Catelin is a Buena Vista native and spends her off season in Colorado Springs attending college.
  • Zack Wright – Head Boatman – Zack came to work for Wilderness Aware in 2009. Since then he has worked as a guide during the summers before moving into the head boatman position in 2014.
  • Mike Rogers – Salt River Manager – Mike came to work for Wilderness Aware in 2009. Since then he has worked as a guide on the Salt River during spring and on our rivers in Colorado during the summer. He moved into the Salt River Manager position in 2015.

Meet Our Whitewater Rafting Guides:

Featured Trip:

Browns Canyon Full Day
Arkansas River, Buena Vista, Colorado
Join us on our Most Popular day trip!

What Our Guests Say:

This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
You are great to work with and your guides are fun to be around and well trained. Each experience I’ve had with you (3) has been excellent.
Dawn R.
I have rafted with other companies before but I found your company and Mike, our guide, to be outstanding! I will be back!
Joe M.
We had an awesome time! All staff we dealt with were very personable and helpful. I can’t imagine anything you could do to improve!
Rusty B.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
I started rafting at WA in 1999 and have always had a good time. I highly recommend WA to anyone who wants to raft.
Marty E.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
I work in safety – wish I could get all our regional safety folks to present their safety meetings with the same enthusiasm and professionalism.
Karla S.
We have rafted round the world and this is by far the best—best trained guides, best safety, best food, best fun. Thanks.
Jane H.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
Your staff and guides were so helpful and so much fun. My kids ranked that half-day trip as the highlight of our month long trip!
Patty G.
I love the staff!! Very entertaining and welcoming. This was a great rafting experience. I want to come back tomorrow and do it again!
Bailey W.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
Your internet advertising was great. People who answered the phone very helpful and the guides top notch. Seems like your manager has done a wonderful job. I see why you are a successful company.
Phil G.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
This company is quality. Six years ago I did the same trip with Jack, Ian, and Kelly and the quality is as good today.
Chris G.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory D.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
We’ve been with a lot of different rafting companies over the years and we have never used the same company twice but everyone on the trip agreed that your company is the best!
Lisa P.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
We booked our trip cold off the internet and found from the very beginning a very friendly and courteous staff that helped out and answered all our questions.
Carolyn W.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
Frenchie was the best guide I’ve ever had! This is a great company and I will definitely be telling friends about it!
Jamin R.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
Pete was great. Extremely friendly and he took great care of us and really put our group first. Our trip was relaxing and fun!
Erin L.

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