Julia Fernandez


Amazing Fun Experience, great memories and great people
“My 10 year old son and I took the AM beginners course. The scenery was incredible and our guide, Julia Fernandez, went above and beyond. She pointed out a big horn sheep and it’s baby in the mountains above, she showed us the ancient Petroglyphs (rock paintings) and she had a real passion and love for this special place. My son and I went into the river (voluntarily) and went on a hike of the area afterwards that Julia recommended. We learned a lot about rafting and feel confident in taking a more challenging run next time. Thank you all for a perfect day with my son.”

Sar Put

Kokopelli Rafting Adventures is AMAZING!
“Kokopelli Rafting Adventures is AMAZING! Our family of 4, who have never been whitewater rafting before, decided to try it out and we far from disappointed. Our guide, Julia, was very friendly, funny, and did an amazing job guiding us through the Rio Grande. She was very experienced and easy to talk to throughout the ride. She also gave us a lot of cool facts about the area as we were rafting. The rest of the staff was also very nice and helpful throughout the whole process. We decided to go with the morning half-day Racecourse rafting trip and not once during the trip did I feel unsafe or scared. The views were beautiful and it’s an unforgettable experience. This is great for families and people of all ages. Our family will definitely be going back next time we are in New Mexico!


I am a 5th generation Native Taosena y Chacowa. My family is of Comanche, Aztec, Spanish and Navajo decent and we have resided in Llano Quemado for over 300 years.

I river guide because it’s important to me to keep close to the land of my ancestors, to teach our visitors of it’s historical/geological significance, and what it represents to locals and wildlife alike.

I am a 5th season river guide and I don’t see myself spending my summers any other way for the foreseeable future:) I Iearned how to guide on the Rio Grande, and of all the rivers I have been on my best stories come from my 21 day river trip on the Grand Canyon in 2017.

When I’m off the river I’m a full time trainer and own my own wellness practice The Body Shop, LLC. I specialize in group fitness, and dance. By night and in weekends I am a professional Bellydance & Flemanco performer. I am the mother of 2 cats (Remie & Rio) and a 5 month old puppy (Ozzy Pawsborne) My favorite food is Tacos, my favorite band is Pantera, and my favorite way to show people my home is on a raft.


What do you like most about guiding? The adventure, the views and team building element. 
Favorite river and why: Grand Canyon- “Lava Falls” I thought I was going to die. Came back home with a different view on life.
Favorite river-related story: Rafted naked with my entire crew down a class nine on the Colorado.
What are your other hobbies, interests, or passions and why are they important to you?  I train over 200 people in my community, dance with a magical levitating wand, and I’m interested in living off grid.
What type of certifications do you have, degrees, etc.? CPR & First Aid, Pole Dance level 1-4, Kickboxing, Pilates, MMA Combat Fitness, Bellydance, former trucker Class A CDL

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