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Kokopelli Rafting Adventures has been creating Unforgettable Rafting Experiences in New Mexico and Colorado since 1991! We are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and offer whitewater rafting trips on both the Rio Grande and Rio Chama, covering more than 200 miles of class II – V whitewater in New Mexico. Most of our whitewater rafting trips take place on the Rio Grande, one hour north of Santa Fe. Training encompasses the fundamental skills of reading whitewater, precise boat maneuvering, rescues and recoveries, as well as raft rigging, passenger safety, guest / guide etiquette, knot tying, signals, safety techniques, and the finer points of creating safe, enjoyable river trips. The goal of the guide school is to develop the skills necessary to safely guide a paddle raft on Class III Whitewater.

After guide training, select guides who are interested in employment will have the opportunity to gain more experience and confidence by riding along on commercial trips with Kokopelli Rafting’s experienced guides.

Note: The job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other duties established to meet the ongoing needs of the business. Durango Rivertrippers LLC and DBA’s (Kokopelli rafting) is an “at-will” employer. 

Durango Rivertrippers LLC and DBA’s is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital status, or status as a U.S. Veteran. 

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a group of people riding on top of a mountain

Before joining our team, candidates must obtain current certification with official documentation in Basic First Aid and CPR as well as own BLM-required safety equipment: Type III PFD (personal flotation device), whitewater approved helmet, sturdy shoes appropriate for whitewater rafting, a medium-sized dry-box to transport and secure customer belongings, river knife, whistle, and throw rope.  Successful Guide School candidates will receive “pro deals” on rafting and related outdoor equipment as one of the many perks.


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