Since 1983 Flexible Flyers has Rapid thrill river trips. Ask the locals - we are the most trusted Animas River outfitting company for your floating and whitewater trips. With fewer flips, swims, and saves than all other local raft companies, we actually do have Durango’s most experienced and qualified guides.
Our meeting place has been on the river for the last 30 years for one simple reason - "We are a river company, not an office company." That mindset is reflective of our mission: We provide fun, friendly, family-oriented rafting adventures. Our customers become our friends and they return year after year to raft the Animas River with us.
Safety Never Takes A Vacation
All Flexible Flyers guides have a minimum of three years’ guiding experience and are First-Aid and CPR Certified. Most have more extensive training in Swift Water Rescue I, II, and II in addition to EMT and Wilderness First Responder skills.
Meet Our Guides
Owner and operator of Flexible Flyers Rafting. He's seen it all in his 22 years of professional whitewater guiding. Starting his rafting career as a little boy in the high San Juan mountains his father would take him down some of the best rivers Colorado and New Mexico has to offer. Growing up on the San Juan River, then exploring new and different rivers across the country from far east coast to the lands of Alaska. While traveling through Latin America he played and guided on rivers in Guatamala, El Salvador, and Panama. When you do not see him on the river he is most likely driving his favorite bus "The Cowboy" for the customers. In the off season he spends most his time traveling, laying on a beach, or skiing at some of his favorite resorts as well as his secret backcountry stashes. Good luck locating him when the rivers are not running.
Originally from Wisconsin I moved to Colorado to explore and enjoy all there is to offer. Snowboarding, backcountry runs and hard work fill my winters. During the summer season I enjoy the nearby mountains running and hiking with my dog Kona but being on the river is my ideal time. I’ve been rafting on the Animas River in Durango for five years. I’m head guide and it’s my fourth year with Flexible Flyers. I have done different types of boating on western rivers, some of my favorites include Westwater and Desolation/Gray Canyons. The Animas I know very well but when I’m out on longer multiday trips it is cool to know I have my Wilderness First Aid certification and other certifications that would come in handy if needed. My newest hobby is volunteer firefighting and working towards my EMT. See you soon!
My name is Kjirsten and I’ve been commercially guiding for 8 years. I have over 3,000 miles logged on the lower Animas River which doesn’t include countless trips that were never logged. I grew up on this river and consider it my favorite and my home. I also have extensive experience in private boating on lots of rivers as a paddler, a paddle captain and an oarsman. These include: Lower and Upper Animas, Rockwood Box on the Animas river, Piedra river, Dolores river, Salt river, San Juan river, Flaming Gorge A, B, and C sections, Gates of Lodore, Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River, Gore Canyon, Westwater Canyon, Ruby and Horsethief Canyons, the Moab Daily, Cataract Canyon, the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, Nolichucky, Nantahala, French Broad and the Lower Taos Box on the Rio Grande. My experience also includes the Okoee on the East coast and the Rio Toro in Costa Rica. When I’m not sharing my passion and love for rivers with friends and clients I enjoy being an educator teaching high school.
I was born in Evergreen Colorado, but moved to Maine when I was still a young whippersnapper... I had yet to celebrate my first birthday! I grew up along the Maine coast. Summers were spent playing outside. Hiking, camping, the ocean and kayaking took up most of the summer. Winters were spent cross-country skiing, knitting, snowboarding and shoveling out the driveway from all the snow Maine receives! I was lucky enough to have Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents still living In Colorado who we visited when we could. Thus, Colorado became my second home. Growing up my mom joked that she would lose my brother and I to Colorado when we departed for college... She was absolutely spot on! My brother came West and I followed a few years later tempted by skiing and the sun. I currently am studying Adventure Education at Fort Lewis College here in Durango. The travel bug bit at an early age, the lure of travel has only grown stronger with time. So after graduation I'm taking off to go see the world!
My name is Jake Brown. I was born and raised in Oklahoma City. I am a Sooner born and Sooner bred And when I die I will I'll be Sooner dead. I moved to Durango in August of 2010 and started going to college with a major in marketing. Honestly I can not see myself leaving Colorado any time soon. I have been Flying extra Flexible since May of 2014. I really enjoy my job here because it is a great way to interact with people, stay in shape, and be outdoors. When I am off the river I like to attend concerts in the area, fish, and shoot guns. In the winter I try to snowboard as much as I possibly can.
Coming back for his third year at Flexible Flyers, Ryan brings seven of professional guiding experience to the team. Coming from the east coast he brings a new flavor to the Colorado rafting scene. Having guided in seven states, Ryan is more then comfortable both in wide desert canyons as well as steep alpine streams. He holds numerous certifications in both outdoor skills and risk management and has an associates degree in Adventure Sports Management. When not behind the oars of a raft you’ll find him exploring the canyons and ancient ruins of the desert southwest.
Soon to come our new trusting dog Canyon! Canyon will be there waiting to greet you with kisses and a friendly dog smile. At Flexible Flyers we believe it is important to have a good dog around to guide us in the right direction. Every now and then you might even see Canyon on the boats telling the guides the best way down the river. Stop by to give Canyon a pet and a big hug as he is always happy.
Hi my name is Nate Hope and I hope you have a good time on my boat. I was born in Atlanta Georgia but shortly moved to Aspen, Colorado where I grew up. I migrated to Durango in June of 2013 and have been guiding for Flexible Flyers since May of 2014. I am looking forward to another amazing season on the river with new faces and familiar faces alike. When the rivers dry up I like to get out exploring with my girlfriend. When it snows it is nearly impossible to keep me off my skis.
I've lived in the Durango area my whole life. I grew up around all sorts of farm animals dogs and the mountains. I love being on and around the water in the summer and spending time in the woods camping and hiking with friends and my dogs. I spend the winter months living the ski and snowboard rental shop life and getting out on the slopes to ride is my main goal. I've thought of moving away from this great town but every time something great inspires me to stay. I can't wait to be a new member of the Flexible Flyer's team this year and continue to meet and get to know new and interesting people. See you on the river!