Joelle Stanions



Where did you grow up?

Marysville, Ohio

Where do you call home now?

Park City, Utah

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Everything! Getting to share amazing places with guests that have never had a river experience, working with your best friends and waking up under the stars.

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

Favorite rapid: Moonshine at high water. I love how everyone is laughing and smiling through and after it and you realize that there is no other place you’d rather be.

Favorite hike: Wagon Wheel. Great views and scenery up Bull Canyon to a very rewarding overlook and getting to yell down to your kitchen crew below.

Favorite camp: Rippling Brook. It have everything! Great hike, swimming and beach.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

No lucky charm but I do say a quick prayer to the river gods before dropping into Warm Springs.

What can you not live without on a trip?

My hat and sunglasses. After losing sunglasses once in the river, I will never go on another trip without a spare.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

My favorite memory is running Warm Springs rapid on its birthday in 2011 at almost 27K c.f.s.!