Hunter Holtrop

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?


Where do you call home now?

Taos, New Mexico

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

The rivers I get to call home.

Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike or camp and what makes it special.

I love quiet time at the Yew Grove on the Main Salmon. The strange microclimate and unique trees create a perfect atmosphere for thoughtful reflection.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I splash water on my face at the take out to thank the river for safe passage.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Flip flops and Xtratufs.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory.

I can ride a unicycle.

About me…

When I’m not on the river I love to ride my mountain bike. In the winter I coach big mountain skiing in Taos.