Chaos Coordinators

Val guiding

Val - Co-Owner

Geoff guiding

Geoff - Co-Owner

Valerie and Geoff are the owners and operators of River Trails Rafting. Valerie grew up in the Maupin area, and her family has been rafting the Deschutes for over 60 years. She has been rafting for 40+ of those years.

Geoff and Val have been married for over 23 years, and his love of the Deschutes started before they met. Both are avid outdoors people and love the river! You may see them on the river guiding, running shuttles, or in the shop.

The Crew

Travis "Tuff"

Tuff has been guiding for 4 years; commercially for 2. He loves being on the water and through guiding he can share the experience of the outdoors and rafting safely with clients. During the off-season, Tuff attends school with a goal to be a heart surgeon. He rafts in the summer and snowboards in the winter.

Grandpa Ron

Ron has been with River Trails since Val and Geoff took over ownership. Ron stays behind the scenes most of the time. Some days he will deliver and pick up the boats for a trip. He can also be found repairing boats, maintaining the vehicles, or loading up the boats with gear. You may even have him as your shuttle driver. He likes working at River Trails because he can meet different people. Working at RT also gives him something to do in his retired life.

Amy and a guy in a raft with lifejackets and hats on smiling on the Deschutes river

Amy (Office Manager)

Amy was five years old the first time she went rafting on the Deschutes River. This trip was a raft rental through River Trails which her parents got for free because they were former employees. This short river adventure, which started below Boxcar Rapid and ended at the BLM Oasis Campground, marked the start of her lifelong love of Maupin and its surrounding areas. In 2017, Amy made the move to “The Dry Side” of the state. She spends the off-season working for the local school district where she enjoys working with all her students.

Josh "Captain Cave Man"

This will be Josh’s 4th year guiding/working at River Trails. He fell in love with white water rafting during high school but made the decision to guide after his first overnight raft trip on the Upper Deschutes. Being able to surround himself with unique and exciting groups of people is why being a raft guide will never get old. He enjoys being able to show why the river is his happy place and as the saying goes “Never a bad day in Maupin!”

During the off- season he spends his time in Bend, attending college and skiing at Mt. Bachelor. He enjoys planning out warm weather adventures with his girlfriend (who is also a guide at RT) and their two dogs, Patches and Captain.

Kailyn "K-Bean"

Kailyn has been a commercial raft guide for 3 seasons. Her parents have been guiding her whole life, so naturally she has always known she too, would be a guide. She grew up on the Deschutes River and knows it like the back of her hand.

One of her favorite aspects of guiding is being able to develop connections with people she takes down the river. “You meet some truly amazing people from all sorts of walks of life.” Whether the trip is part of a family rafting tradition or a bachelor party feeling brave, she enjoys being part of making it memorable for them.

During the off-season, Kailyn is in the EMT program at Central Oregon Community College. Outside of school she enjoys snowboarding and hiking with her dogs and boyfriend (fellow RT guide).

It's time to start planning

We would love to answer any questions you have about River Trails Rafting, the Deschutes, or how to prepare for your upcoming rafting trip.

River Trails Deschutes

Physical Address
201 Bakeoven Rd
Maupin, OR 97037



Monday - Sunday
8am - 8pm

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 309
Maupin, OR 97037