Scott Cragun

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?

Davis, California

Where do you call home now?

El Dorado Hills, California

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

I love the escape of the natural world and the mellowness that comes from being in Mother Nature. And I love that I get to share those beautiful moments with wonderful people… family, friends, awesome co-workers, and of course the amazing guests that come to visit.

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

I love the huge waves of Hospital Bar on the South Fork of the American. However, it is during the in-between moments on flat water that I really feel at one with the river and in tune with the flow of life.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

I always try to remember that rafting is like being in a constant dance with the river. And she is in the lead.

What can you not live without on a trip?

Water, sunscreen, and a first aid kit.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

Guiding is a part-time job for me. And even though I wish I could be up on the river every day, I feel very blessed to be able to have the greatest second job that anyone can have.