ABOUT BILL AND JACI DVORAK
Bill and Jaci Dvorak have been operating Dvorak Rafting and Kayak Expeditions, located in the scenic Arkansas River Valley at the headwaters of the Arkansas River in Colorado, since 1985. As one of the early pioneers of western white water river rafting in Americas’ Rocky Mountains, the Dvoraks own the first outfitter license by the state of Colorado. Bill Dvorak’s river trips, white water skills camp and swift water training programs are world renown and have been featured in ESPN, National Geographic, and the Chicago Tribune and in several travel books and television specials.
Bill and Jaci Dvorak are outdoor educators of long standing. Married in 1969, the Dvoraks spent many years teaching school in Australia and managing outdoor leadership courses for Outward Bound in New Zealand, Asia and England. In 1979, Bill Dvorak took over the leadership of the Partners River Program out of Denver, an outdoor educational program for disadvantaged youth, which he and Jaci purchased in 1984 and renamed Dvorak’s Kayak& Rafting Expeditions. Bill and Jaci have a daughter and son who are both active guides with Dvorak Expeditions. Bill received his Masters in Alternative and Experiential Education from the University of Colorado in 1981.
Bill Dvorak is active politically on many environmental issues and serves on the Board of Directors for the industry’s leading organizations, Colorado River Outfitters Association, America Outdoors and the Colorado Tourism Board. The Dvoraks have been influential in helping to develop and implement key pieces of legislation and regulation regarding river management in Colorado and have also been active in local river conservation efforts. Through their involvement with Western River Guides and Colorado River Outfitters Association, they have outfitted several V.I.P. trips for U.S. Senators and Congressmen, Directors of the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Colorado Division of National Resources, the Governor’s Office as well as for Colorado Legislative representatives.
At last count, Bill Dvorak has accumulated over 60,000 miles of river running experience in addition to having personally instructed the Dvorak Expeditions guide-training course for over 35 years.