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Luke Howland

Professional Guide


Favorite Trip:

Luke was born and raised in Florida on a small farm, a short ride from the Gulf of Mexico. He says he grew up outdoors, always on a bike or a canoe with his father venturing through the Florida wilderness. His first outdoor adventure was exploring the islands off of Cedar Key Florida.

Luke is most inspired by his father. “It may sound cliché, but I hope I become half the man my father was to me. He never fixed my problems, but gave me the sense and knowledge to fix them myself.”

When asked about working at Desert Adventures, he said… “Work? That’s that? I feel like an overqualified river-hippie, with the “soul” purpose of showing other curious folks, all of the marvelous secrets the river has to offer! I love showing guests why we are different and having the chance to share such an incredible and historic piece of the Colorado River, from the perspective that many are unaware of. It’s euphoric!”

Luke Howland


Hiking, Kayaking, Biking, Multi-day Expeditions.


CPR/AED, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, Epi-Pen Administration, Leave No Trace, Kayak Safety & Rescue


Favorite candy: Nerd Rope
Favorite piece of gear: My GoPro or Wag bag
Bucket List: Ultralight aviation and someday, living somewhere he can paraglide from his backyard
Craziest thing he has experienced outdoors: From exploring a spring head in the Gulf of Mexico with a manatee, to running from a very angry gila monster down a mountainside, it’s hard to choose!
Favorite hiking shoes: Rocky SV2 boot
Favorite thing to do while hiking and on the river: “I love pushing the limit of just how far I can go and discovering hidden little marvels that possibly no one else has ever seen. Discovering something new is an incredible experience.”
Broken Bones: “Collar bone, back, ribs, wrist… I lost count.”
Siblings: 3
Something most people don’t know about him: “I love the water, until I have to swim. Then I turn into a house cat.”
Last Book: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Perfect day off: “Canyoneering and pack-rafting some canyon I’ve never been before.”

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