Kerry Jones

Professional River Guide


Where did you grow up?

Salt Lake City

Where do you call home now?

Salt Lake City

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Meeting new people and sharing the river and its canyons with them.

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

Granite Rapid stands out as one of my favorites because of the way the boats move so fast, it is astounding. A special camp of mine is at Warm Springs on the Yampa River. A combination of the view of the canyon and sound of the water is spectacular.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

My lucky charm is a couple of juniper beads that were given to me when I was first starting to run rivers.

What can you not live without while at work or on a trip?


Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding/trip memory.

One of my favorite trip memories is running a trip with Don Harris and learning about his early expeditions with Norm Nevills.

About me…

I work at Alta, Utah in the winter and enjoy skiing Alta’s famous powder. I love to mountain bike, travel with my wife, and spend time with my two adult children.