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Meet Our Owners

Rimrock Adventures in Fruita Colorado

Shelly Baier

Shelly Baier is a native Coloradan that received her bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation from Western State. Shelly grew up on her parent’s ranch in Collbran and has been in love with the outdoors ever since. Her golden retrievers Cabella and Deso are naturals on the river and enjoy accompanying Shelly to the office each day

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Travis Baier

Travis Baier grew up on a ranch and was lucky enough to experience the river at a young age. His early love of the river and desire to be a river guide empowered him, with some help from his father, to begin a rafting business. On his days off he enjoys spending time up at his cabin in the woods with his wife, daughters and miniature schnauzers Willie and Waylon.

Meet Our Raft Guides

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Captain Steve Cook

Steve has lived in Colorado for 42 years and has apparently been rafting for 43 of those. He is the head boss in our boat barn and says there is, “no such thing as off season.” He can’t pick a favorite river stretch since he hasn’t done them all, but he loves being a guide and meeting new, exciting people.

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Scott Corgan

Scott is from California where he worked as a Hollywood Stuntman – no joke! Search him on IMDb.com. For the last 7 years, however, Scott has been working for Rimrock as a raft guide. When he isn’t enjoying trips down Westwater Canyon he is hanging out on a stand-up paddle board with his homies. He has four awesome kids and thinks Fruita is an, “amazing place to live.”

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Jake Bowers

Jake has lived in Colorado for 26 years and enjoys sliding down large hills in the off-season, a.k.a. skiing at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Before he became a raft guide for Rimrock he was a bartender, construction worker and worked in forestry. He describes the Fruita area as, “a mecca of outdoor awesomeness.”

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Austin Roberts

Austin is our newest guide at Rimrock Adventures! He grew up in Louisville, Colorado. After high school, Austin pitched for Trinidad State Junior College where he threw 17 perfect games within his collegiate baseball career. This December, he will be graduating from Colorado Mesa University with a degree in business management. In his free time, Austin likes to ski, raft, camp, climb, and hike.

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Brian Adams

Brian is "The Family Man" with six kids who all eagerly await the return of rafting season during the winter months. Before he came to Rimrock, he was a member of the corporate automotive industry. Obviously, he enjoys the heavy lifting of the rafting business much more.

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Jim Cook

Jim is Steve's dad. He is the original "Captain Cook." Besides being the "boss's" boss, Jim also is a talented photographer. He has captured some of the most exciting moments from our whitewater trips. One of his photographs was even featured in, Flipped Out for Grand Canyon, a book compiled of hundreds of whitewater and scenic shots from within the Grand Canyon.

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Gwendolyn Reed

Gwendolyn, a.k.a. Gwen, was born in Prescott, Arizona. Colorado has been her home for the past 20 years; 10 of which were spent in Telluride as a Ski Bum. She retired as a firefighter and paramedic to follow her passion as a boatwoman. If you are searching for a personal trainer, Gwen is your girl. Out of all the exciting jobs she has done, her favorite job is being a mother to her 5-year-old daughter, Sage.

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Paul "Smitty" Smith

Smitty never has a bad day. His positive attitude brings light to our company! After suffering from a hamstring injury 4 years ago, Smitty retired from his body building career and decided to invest his energy into what makes him happiest: sharing his passion for the river. If you are ever looking for a good laugh, ask Smitty about his trip down Westwater Canyon in a paddle raft.

Meet Our Wranglers

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Cora was raised in Moab, Utah. She moved to Colorado after graduating high school, and now is a student at Colorado Mesa University. She has been on the back of a horse for longer than she has known how to walk. Growing up, she worked on a ranch as well as participated in rodeos all over the States. Away from the stables, Cora enjoys hiking, spoiling her dogs and going on spontaneous road-trips. Her passion for animals makes her one of our best wranglers.

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Maverick Mak

"Maverick Mak" is our newest head wrangler. He is a true cowboy through and through. On Mak's days off, he likes to watch old western movies and act in Western Showdown skits. He can speak in almost every accent you can think of. Mak's favorite part about working at Rimrock Adventures is sharing the history of the land with new customers.

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Mel has been trail riding since she was a young girl. When she moved away for college, she began taking English Style riding lessons from the internationally recognized royal lippizaner rider and trainer, Amanda Lacayo. Mel has also trained as a barrel racer and has worked on a ranches in North Dakota. It was on the ranch where she fell in love with the “real” cow girl work. Off of the saddle, Mel is recognized for her astounding athletic abilities. While attending college full time, she also managed to head the cheer leading squad. Mel is excited to share her passion for horses with new riders.

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