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 and Sue have two sons, Benjamin and Ethan, who have both become river guides with the company, in addition to pursuing engineering degrees. The family has rafted around the country and the world.
  • Joe Greiner – Owner – Got his start in the outdoors in Boy Scouts and is an Eagle Scout. His degree is in Environmental Interpretation.
  • Sue Greiner – Owner – Her dual degrees in Wildlife Biology and Sustainability have given her an understanding of biologic processes and business sustainability that has made Wilderness Aware an environmental leader.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kelsie Plackner – Assistant Office Manager – Kelsie came to work for Wilderness Aware in the summer of 2013, working as an office reservationist before moving into the Assistant Office Manager position in 2017. Kelsie is a Buena Vista native and graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2014.
  • Mike Rogers – Operations Manager and 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 the spring 2015, and then as Operations Manager in the summer of 2015.
  • Sarah Evans – Head Boatwoman – Sarah came to Wilderness Aware as a guide in the summer of 2012 and moved up to the head boatwoman position in 2016. Sarah married fellow guide and longtime friend, Brandon, in the summer of 2016 and spends her off-season as teacher.
  • Isaiah Karsen – Assistant Salt River Manager – Isaiah began his guiding career in Colorado in the summer of 2015. Since then he has worked as a guide in both Arizona and Colorado, before becoming the new Assistant Salt River Manager in 2017.
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Meet Our Whitewater Rafting Guides:

Colorado Rafting River Guide:

Colorado Rafting River Guide
Check out our detailed information about the rivers you can raft across Colorado.

What Our Guests Say:

I want to raft again and again and well you get the point…again.
Levi V.
This trip surpassed all of my expectations.
Amy B.
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.
It was the best first experience in rafting. Ben was awesome!! Five stars!
Kirby S.
Good job, as usual. Our 5th or 6th trip with WA. Big fans of WA.
Tim S.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
We feel we have found new friends in Wilderness Aware and plan on spending time in the future with you.
Susie S.
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.
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.
From the enthusiastic greetings when we arrived at the office this am, all service was top notch.
John D.
Matt was the most enthusiastic and exciting guide I have ever had… and I have done this a lot.
Carl M.
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.
This was my first rafting experience and you guys made it awesome! Thank you so much!
Jamie L.
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.
One of the best times of my life!
Dylnn R.
When I made our reservation I knew we were going to have a fantastic time. Everything that happened today exceeded my expectations.
Mark E.
Been rafting six times around the country. Best trip and guide so far.
James H.
We had an awesome time. I would definitely recommend your company!
Leona H.
Sarah, our guide, was the consummate professional.
Becky M.
I loved my experience at WA and will definitely be back with more people.
Cory 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.
This was the highlight of our trip to Colorado!
Beth G.
Sarah was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and very fun! Best trip ever, even the low water! We will be back again!
Barbara L.
The entire staff from reservations to first contact to trip guide was friendly and helpful. Our Scouts had an outstanding time!
Ken T.
Best time I’ve had on the river in the past 15 years!!!! Will return soon!!!
Dylan S.
Very professional yet very informal approach—not an easy combination to sustain—nice team—office included.
Mark W.
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.
Very pleasant and enjoyable experience. Rafted four other times and this was the best.
Linda H.
The trip, your people, your facility never get old.
Fred P.
Appreciate your professional and fun staff! Will definitely return next year!
Dana Q.
Family friend always said Wilderness Aware Rafting was the best. I totally agree!
Angie D.
I would like to commend your staff on their great teamwork and enthusiasm. This was the highlight of our trip to Arizona.
Michele E.
Thanks for the great time on the river. You do a super job of taking care of your crews.
Jan P.
We started rafting with you in 1988. This is our fourth trip. Will be back.
Jim L.
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.

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