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Moab Travel Council Award to Arlo Tejada

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 13. May 2014 13:36
Arlo's MTC award

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions is very proud of co-owner Arlo Tejada for his volunteer work in Moab. We can't wait for his return home and to the community he loves!!

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End of the Government Shutdown...kind of.

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 14. October 2013 11:27

Government Shutdown and
Sheri Griffith River Expeditions:

We have had a lot of people asking about our trips and if we can still run them.   Sheri Griffith River Expeditions has only slightly been affected by the Government Shutdown as of right now.


There are still plenty of great things to do in Moab, other than Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Check out www.discovermoab.com or www.visitutah.com for a list of alternate activities to do in the area.


book onlineWe would like to thank Utah’s Governor Herbert and Secretary of the Interior Jewell, for their work opening up the National Parks in Utah. You can read Co-Owner Arlo’s comments about the shutdown in the Salt Lake Tribune here.


We doubt the shutdown will last to next year. SO…..We are still booking lots of trips for 2014!  

Cataract Canyon...Now with NEW RAPIDS!

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 7. October 2013 09:25

Cataract Canyon...Now with NEW RAPIDS!

 

Family Rafting Trips on the Colorado River

September’s record breaking rains and the shrinking of Lake Powell have combined to form some new rapids in Cataract Canyon. For about 10 years, Lake Powell has been at record lows. These low lake levels have allowed the Mighty Colorado River to reclaim some of its former rapids. This has given us the chance to run 5 “new” rapids including the very fun and almost mile long rapid of Water Hole.

Our Operations Manager, Brenda, was able to squeeze in a trip last week before the government shut down. She reported lots of new debris flows from the recent rains.

One of these mudslides created a brand new rapid! Here is Brenda’s description of the new unnamed rapid: “A brand new rockslide has come from the right-side of the canyon to narrow the channel below Water Hole Canyon. At the low water level I ran it at it is was not huge maybe a class 3. The start of the rapid has a classic “V” into some fun splashy waves. If you break through the “V” to the left there is a runnable hole. The hole is little smaller than the Little Delores hole on Westwater Canyon. This should be a really fun rapid at higher flows. YEAH new Rapids!”
Westwater Canyon Rafting on the Colorado River

 


Westwatar Canyon Rapids...IN SPEED MODE!

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 10. April 2013 08:39

Watch a video of Westwater Canyons Rapids as if you are the guide. And in Fast Forward. This is from our first Westwater Canyon trip of the 2013 season.

History of Cataract Canyon

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 15. March 2013 08:17

Cataract Canyon History

Cataract Canyon lies in the heart of Canyonlands National Park 65 miles down the Colorado River from Moab, Utah and 110 miles down the Green River from the town of Green River, Utah. These two powerful rivers meet at the Confluence and combine to make some of the most commanding and famous rapids in North America. Cataract Canyon's rapids caused more damage and created more fear in early river runners than those of the Grand Canyon. Cataract's rapids are only part of the amazing story about this section of the Colorado River. Cataract and Canyonlands also has amazing human, and natural history, along with classical river running stories and adventures.

A few of the early River Runners:

  • Nathanial Galloway does the first solo trip through Cataract Canyon in 1894

  • Emery and Ellsworth Kolb traveled from Green River, Wyoming to the Sea of Cortez in 1911 on the Green and Colorado Rivers

  • Julius Stone Expedition runs cataract in 1909

  • "Buzz" Holmstrom makes a solo run of the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1937

  • Norman Nevills runs the first commercial River trip through Cataract Canyon in 1938

Congress established Canyonlands National Park in 1964 after a long history of "potential" development in Cataract Canyon. Before 1921 the Colorado River was know as the Grand River. Congress changed the name under pressure from the state of Colorado in the Colorado Compact, which also designated water rights to the sates that border the Colorado River. The Rio Grande Railroad tried to build a railroad from Denver to LA following the Colorado River in 1889. In the early 1900's steamboats carried mining supplies, fruits, and cattle between Green River and Moab using the Colorado and Green Rivers. There was also an attempted dam site at the Confluence in the early 1900's. The amount of sediment at this location made it nearly impossible to build.

Read More about Cataract Canyon History.

Dark Canyon waterfalls.

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 28. February 2013 12:13
One of the prettiest places we visit. Dark Canyon on our Sights of Cataract Canyon trip.
Dark Canyon Waterfall

Want to Raft for FREE!

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 20. February 2013 06:58


Group Rafting Trips

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions is pleased to offer significant discounts to our guests traveling in groups. We know what a wonderful and bonding experience a rafting vacation is when shared with family, friends, co-workers, or club members, and we are experts at developing group trips. More information on FREE river trips.

With 42 years of experience specializing in Adventure Vacations with a Touch of Class, you can rest assured that your group's rafting adventure will be an experience of a lifetime. We specialize in custom charter trips and can tailor rates to your budget through adjustments to amenities. Our responsive and creative Guest Services staff can develop multi-sport packages, book lodging, restaurants or conference space, provide transportation options, and more-we will help your group leader with every step of the adventure planning.

Call 800-332-2439 or email info@griffithexp.com

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Gates of Lodore Trips Almost Sold Out!

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 19. February 2013 06:00

Get you seats reserved!

Gates of Lodore

Gates of Lodore on the Green RiverThe Gates of Lodore on The Green River is one of the most popular trips and 2013 is no exception. We have sold out of two of our dates and only have two dates left. Our last two launches on June 15th  and August 4th only have 10 spots left!

Don’t miss  this journey into the spectacular wilderness of Dinosaur National Monument . The Gates of Lodore trip has lots of activities and action. You can choose between paddling with friends in a paddleboat, taking on the rapids with one of our inflatable kayaks or relaxing in one of the oarboats.