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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

 


Another Great Review from Westwater Canyon

by GriffithAdmin 20. August 2013 15:50

“Indiana Jones would be jealous”
Read the review on TripAdvisor about one of recent guests trip down Westwater Canyon.


What Rapid is this?

by GriffithAdmin 3. May 2013 09:15

Name this Rapid!

Here is a hint...It is Cataract Canyon week.

Happy Earth Day!

by Kristl 22. April 2013 10:38

Happy Earth Day!

In celebration of Earth Day this year we would like to share a few of the ways that we work to protect the canyons and rivers that we work and play on.

Ye Old Geezer Meats

Shop Local

We purchase all of our meats and cheeses from a local butcher who makes sure that their products are fresh, healthy and delicious.  You can also shop locally in your own town--look for farmer's markets or "mom and pop" type of businesses.

Food Plants

Fresh Herb Garden

We have fresh herbs growing in our flower beds.  Try your hand at growing fresh herbs in your flower beds or boxes.  Not only do they add a fresh color to your landscaping, but they add fragrant aromas and can help with insect control.

 Strawberries!

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

We also plant strawberry plants, Pepper plants and Tomato plants in our flower beds, both for variety and color.  Later in the summer we harvest some of these items for fresh salads.  Nothing tastes better than homegrown produce.  Try it out!

Recycle!

Recycle

We recycle glass, tin, aluminum, plastic and cardboard.  After every trip comes back from the river, our guides sort through the waste and make sure that anything that can be recycled is.  Little steps can go a long way when a lot of people take them.

Composting

Composting

Any produce that is left over from our trips is taken by guides Marshall and Nicole to feed their chickens and to add to their compost heap.  They then use the compost in their garden.  Composting can be done quite easily, and adds nutrients to flowerbeds, gardens and planters.

There are lots of little ways that you can conserve, reduce and reuse.  Happy Earth Day from Sheri Griffith Expeditions.

 

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The history of the Yampa River

by GriffithAdmin 14. April 2013 10:27
Yampa River History

 

The Yampa River, located in the heart of the Dinosaur National Monument on the Eastern end of the Uinta Mountain Range.

Geology
The geology of the Yampa Canyon begins with layers of sandstones, limestones and shales, giving the viewer a unique "look back" at the rising and dropping of an ancient sea. As you travel further into the canyon the sheer walls of the Weber Sandstone become predominant. As the river winds its way through a maze of walls sculpted by windblown sand, walls, such as the 1,000' high Grand Overhang and the stripes of the Tiger Wall will leave the viewer in awe.

 

Yampa River HistoryOnce you leave the Yampa Canyon and join the Green River, entering into Echo Park, the Mitten Park Fault will blow the viewer away. Just after Mitten Park the river enters into Whirlpool Canyon the billion-year-old Uinta Mountain Group formation and the Unique Sea Stacks enter into the geologic picture. Following a leisurely float through Island Park and the Morrison Formation (where dinosaur bones are found), the river makes a dramatic cut right through the Split Mountain Anticline.

More Information on the Yampa River Rafting History.

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.

The Rafting Season has started!

by GriffithAdmin 9. April 2013 07:48

Westwater Canyon Rafting in March 2013

We have already run our first two trips of the year!  On March 25th Sheri Griffith River Expeditions took down a group of 12 people on a sunny Westwater Canyon 1 day trip.

Moab Daily Trip April 2013
With Izzy and Arlo guiding, the trip went great! No unplanned swimmers and lots of fun whitewater. Yes, there were even some very brave ones that hopped into Colorado River for fun!


Chris also guided a a 1 day Moab Daily trip with a nice family from South Carolina.  The weather was a perfect 70 degrees and sunny!


Both of these trips were great trips to start off the season. Now the rush starts!


 

New Dates and Trips Open for 2013

Gates of Lodore on the Green River

4 Day Gates of Lodore

Westwater Canyon Rafting on the Colorado RiverThe Gates of Lodore on The Green River is one of the most popular trips Sheri Griffith Expeditions runs. It offers all the elements of a classic river trip: great hikes, exciting whitewater, beautiful beaches and colorful history. This is a journey into a spectacular wilderness. This 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.

Date: July 3

Rates: Adults: $925 Youth: $875


Family Rafting Trips on the Colorado River

2 Day Family Rafting on the Colorado River

Cataract Canyon bookingThe fisher towers section is a beautiful stretch of the Colorado River, with moderate class I-II rapids suitable for everyone. Boat options include oarboats, inflatable kayaks, and sometimes paddleboats. Mild Rapids make this section of the Colorado River especially fun for beginning rafters and perfect for young families. The river is wide and warm, making swimming extremely inviting on those very warm summer days.

Date: May 25

Rates: Adults: $350 Youth: $275


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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

It is a Waterfall type of week!!

by GriffithAdmin 23. February 2013 05:29

Indian Creek Waterfall in Cataract Canyon. This is one of our favorite waterfalls on the Colorado River. waterfalls in Cataract Canyon