Bad Adventures operates guided hiking, backpacking and kayaking adventures in awesome adventure destinations.

We hold permits to guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park. This season, we’ll lead kayaking trips on flatware to class II+ rivers and lakes in Colorado, Utah, and Pennsylvania. Trips range from one to twelve days in length. We guide the trips we market, as well as trips on contract for a couple of amazing sponsoring organizations.

We’re a small and scrappy operation with the most incredible group of devoted customers. The vast majority of our guests have been on multiple adventures with us.

If you’re passionate about sharing wilderness recreation, have the required experience, and have a flexible summer schedule, consider joining us!

Questions about employment? Don't hesitate to email team@badadventures.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Matt Stan
Matt Stan, Bad Adventures founder

1 Available Position:

Backpacking, Hiking, and Kayaking Guide

We’re looking for one to two Denver-area guides to round out our team for the 2019 season. Applicants need a background in guiding either backpacking or river trips. It’s advantageous - but not required - to be experienced in both.

This is a part-time seasonal position from May/June 2019 to August/September 2019.


  • Share your love of outdoor adventure and help our guests have the time of their lives!
  • Teach backpacking and hiking skills and/or kayaking skills.
  • Share Leave No Trace principals.
  • Plan and prepare for trips. Clean and organize equipment. Provision and pack gear for adventures.
  • Work with a trip leader to guide multi-day and single-day trips.

Trip leader responsibilities may be available with extensive previous experience in a similar role.


  • Minimum 1-year experience related to outdoor education or guiding outdoor programs.
  • Professional or extensive personal experience backpacking or kayaking.
  • An ability to make good decisions in stressful situations.
  • A heroic work ethic.
  • Great communication and interpersonal skills.

Desirable Qualifications

We will consider candidates with a variety of experience levels. Your application may stand out if you have:

  • 3 or more years experience leading wilderness trips
  • Experience preparing backcountry meals
  • Swift Water Rescue training and experience
  • Ability to obtain a Utah River Guide License
  • Photography experience
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Flexible availability


A daily guide wage is based on your experience.

Other Perks

  • We encourage our guests to reward excellent service with guide gratuities.
  • You have access to professional purchase programs (pro deals).
  • You may use company kayaks and certain other company equipment for your personal trips.

Do it! Apply today!

We’ll be in touch within 48 hours of receiving your application.

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