Zack Horowitz

Professional River Guide

Zack on the Rocks

Where did you grow up?


Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Being outside every day and meeting new people to share new experiences with. Also any food made in a Dutch Oven.

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

Although I haven’t seen many rivers yet I love the Surprise Rapid on the South Fork of the American River in the Gorge. Super splashy and a great way to end a fun day.

Do you have a lucky charm or special river tradition?

Every time I get on the river I take a moment to appreciate the beauty and strength of the river I am on. I then thank the river herself for the fact that I get to be out rafting, which I love so much. I always ask for safe passage on the trip, for me, my guests, my crew, along with anyone else who is out on the river that day.

What can you not live without on a trip?

My contact lenses or glasses and sunglasses….and my poor sighted eyeballs