Jon Harley

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Where do you call home now?

The Southwest

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

My coworkers would expect me to say that rowing a dory is the best part of my job, but I’m going to subvert their expectations and say that my coworkers are the best part of my job. They’re the people I can call in the middle of winter to talk about how great rowing a dory is and how nice of a beach Rippling Brook day-use is.

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

High water Warm Springs Rapid on the Yampa river.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

My mullet with the tips bleached keeps me shred ready.

What can you not live without on a trip?

My coworkers getting stuck on rocks.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory.

I almost caught the state of Utah’s largest carp.

About me…

I’m single.