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Waterfalls and rainbows?

by GriffithAdmin 21. October 2013 10:27

Waterfalls and rainbows?

Great Waterfall and rainbow

rainbow in Labyrinth CanyonThe monsoon season of late July and early August in Utah can create some of the best photo opportunities.














New Gates of Lodore Launch for 2014!

by emma 15. October 2013 09:35



New Gates of Lodore date for 2014

Gates of LodoreThe Gates of Lodore on the Green River is one of the most popular trips Sheri Griffith River Expeditions runs.  We have just added July 7th date to our 2014 Calendar. This means we have launches on June 8, 14, 19 and July 31.

This trip combines all the elements of a classic whitewater river trip: great hikes, exciting whitewater, beautiful beaches and colorful history. Take a journey into a spectacular wilderness.

Because we have so few trips through Gates of Lodore almost all our dates sellout quickly. Book your trip now!

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!  

New discounts for Rafting in 2014

by GriffithAdmin 14. October 2013 10:57

Pay in Full Discount

rafting discounts! NEW DISCOUNT:  If you pay your full multiday river trip fare at the time you book we will give you 5% off your trip cost. This discount can be combined with both the 2013 rates and returning guest discount. This could be a 20% savings! If you have already booked a trip for 2014 and want to pay the remaining balance we will still give you the book online5% Pay-In-Full discount. Just call or email Kristl at 800-332-2439 to make your payment.


*Remember if you reserve your spot before October 31st you will receive this year's price. This is a savings of over 5%. If you are a repeat guest you still receive your 10% off. This could be a savings of over $250!


Happy Guests Comments:

Everything on our trip was excellent, from calling to make reservations, payment ease, questions answered, the guides were awesome, informative, very knowledgeable and made the day that much more fun! Our guides were Amber and Tabitha and they were EXCELLENT! The best part of this trip was the RAPIDS and the guides made it that much more fun!!!!! HUGE THANK YOU TO AMBER AND TABITHA! I would go back and highly recommend SGE anytime to anyone! You will not be disappointed!

-Janette K. Chicago IL

October Activities at Sheri Griffith Expeditions

by Kristl 9. October 2013 06:44

Rich Practicing his Drive

Short days, colder nights and even some snow on the mountains...must be October in Moab.  We've been busy cleaning, repairing and putting away the rafting equipment here at Sheri Griffith Expeditions, but we have found some time to get out and play, too.  We still have beautiful weather for spending time on the water, in the canyons and on the golf course. 

Brenda took some time to explore Cataract Canyon, launching on the evening of September 30th so that she could beat the "shutdown".  She explored some side canyons and was excited to show us the pictures of the arrowhead she found (and left) there.

Kristl took her family and friends for a "Ducky Day" on the Daily Stretch of the Colorado River and had lots of fun playing in the sand and building sand castles with her kids.

Arlo took some time to kayak on the Colorado River for a day away from the computer and brochure planning.

Jose has taken some great hikes to area petroglyphs, and is planning some more fun excursions with his family.

Marshall and Nicole took their family on a Labyrinth Canyon excursion.

Rich took his family down Cataract Canyon.

Aaron hiked into Cataract Canyon and then rafted down from the Confluence.

Izzy is planning a Cataract Canyon or Labyrinth Canyon trip for next week.

Max and Tabitha have spent time in Pennsylvania with Tabitha's family, and are planning a trip to Costa Rica in November.

Stephanie is traveling abroad, visiting Italy, Sri Lanka and other destinations.

Christian and Rich

One activity that Brenda, Rich, Sara Jane and Christian are going to participate in this weekend is the Moab Regional Hospital Charity Golf Tournament.  The proceeds from the tournament benefit the hospital's Digital Mamography Services. Brenda's team may not be the best on the course, but they'll probably have the most fun!

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.