Expert Guides

You’ll be well taken care of. Our guides are the best in the business, all are trained in river and backcountry safety and first-aid. They’re all exciting individuals, experts in everything from rowing a rapid to sharing a good story. They take having fun seriously and will inform, entertain and engage you in a variety of ways. They’ll also show you their favorite places… a short walk up a side canyon to a private waterfall… a view from a cliff overlooking what seems to be the entire world… sleeping under the stars on a soft, sandy beach.

Our operations staff is seasoned and steadfast, a rarity among seasonal outfitting businesses. Our Director of operations manager Tim Gaylord has been with us for 36 years. Trip leader and Vernal operations manager Kerry Jones has been around Holiday for 32 years, and several of our trip leaders, like Tilts and Jessica, have been around for more than ten years!

Get to know our guides

Tim Gaylord

Guiding Holiday’s expeditions since 1978

Tim is Holiday’s operations manager. He makes sure our trips run smooth, so your vacation is trouble-free.

Obviously, with 30 years of guiding and running our operations Tim knows what he’s doing and does it well.

When he’s not training guides, inspecting gear or chopping wood, Tim enjoys Utah’s great places on his mountain bike or skis with his wife, Vicky, and young adult children, Travis and Courtney. It’s hard to get Tim to sit in any one place for very long, so if you see him say “Hi” before he disappears into the warehouse and beyond!

Frogg Stewart

Guiding Holiday’s expeditions since 1972

I was born at the end of the war to end all wars, 1945, in Hermosa Beach, California. I spent my youth surfing, sailing, diving, and just playing around the beaches of California and Mexico. After graduating college with a degree in Zoology, I moved to Utah and found I could make the same money skiing as inspecting crops for insects and poisoning so the choice was basic — I became a professional ski patrolman and began river running in 1973. In 1979 I became a partner in Holiday and moved to Idaho and began running the Salmon river. I continue to manage Holiday’s Idaho operation. Winters I am back to my roots surfing and kayaking in Mexico.

Kerry Jones

Guiding Holiday’s expeditions since 1982

My first rafting trip was with Holiday in 1979 through Westwater Canyon. In 1982, as soon as I was old enough, I began working for Holiday as a rookie. Along the way, I fell in love with free flowing rivers. Now I manage Holiday’s Vernal operations, so I can run the Yampa every spring. I also love to run the Main Salmon whenever I get a chance, but also enjoy getting out and guiding on any of our rafting or mountain biking trips. My wife, Tammy, and I also love being on the river with our kids, Topher and Baily, in our wooden dory the “Yampa.”

Kelly Dunham

Working for Holiday since 1984

Kelly Dunham Growing up in Green River was the ideal place to spend time outdoors. I had experienced much of the vast desert country from the ground and air so the water was an obvious choice for me. In 1984 I started guiding for Holiday. My plans were to work for one summer… (So much for that plan) Most recently you will find me at the Green River headquarters where I organize food, guides, and gear for trips. We are one big happy family at Holiday with a very diverse group of guides and guests. That, along with the challenges of organization, are what keep me returning for season after season.

Steve Wassmuth

Guiding Holiday’s Idaho guests since 1983

When I hear someone mention that “Their life is going downhill” I think to myself “How lucky they must be! I wonder if they are talking about skiing or rafting?” Hi, I’m Steve Wassmuth from Grangeville, Idaho and I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world because I get to do what I enjoy pretty much 365 days out of the year. From September to June I spend the weekdays with twenty some nine and ten year old students in my classroom where I get to teach all subjects including Idaho State History. ON the weekends when there is snow I ski patrol at the local ski hill just out of town. When the snow begins to melt in the spring I get out of my kayak and play on the local rivers. I have really enjoyed having the opportunity of showing people the different rivers and all that goes with spending time in the outdoors. What could be better than spending my summers with people on vacation, who want to have a fun time, sleeping under the stars, swimming in the river, laying on the beach, eating wonderful meals, sitting around the camp fire, enjoying the wildlife, making new friends and reacquainting with old friends. Yes, I am a lucky man. Oh, did I mention dress up night and sand golf? I hope that Ill see you on the river someday and I’m sure that you will enjoy your life “as it goes downhill.”

Mike Wassmuth

Guiding Holiday’s Idaho guests since 1983

Mike has been a licensed river guide since 1983. Spending as much time on the rivers as possible is a goal for each summer. Working full time for Agilent Technologies as a Thermographer and Failure Analysis Technician puts some restrictions on his river time, but he still gets out around forty days a year. Making new friends and sharing time on the water is what brings Mike back each year. When not guiding on the rivers, Mike spends much of his time fishing . His favorite trip is an October steelhead-fishing trip down the lower stretch of the Salmon River. In July you can find Mike fishing for small mouth bass on the Grande Ronde River in Washington. Growing up in Grangeville, Idaho exposed Mike to the wonderful outdoors, which he still enjoys very much. Some of Mike other hobbies include black powder hunting, basketball and GeoCaching and spending time with his family.