Prior to joining our team, Riley spent years perfecting his craft of rock climbing. Guiding guests up some of the steepest commercially guided areas in the country proved to be rewarding and challenging, but he was seeking a new challenge. Upon leaving Joshua Tree, CA he came to visit friends and family in Longmont and never left.
Riley started with Gafner Hospitality Group in 2018 in the kitchen at The Roost. After spending years learning operations in the kitchen, he shifted his focus to the bar program at Jefe’s. His passion for creating cocktails blossomed from there. He prides himself on providing a great experience for every guest at Jefe’s, just as he did with every guest he climbed with.
If you’ve ever sat at our bar, chances are you know Riley, and the genuine hospitality he brings to our team.
When he is not behind the bar you can typically find him chasing a winter storm to find fresh snow to ski or climbing a canyon wall in nearby Eldorado Canyon.