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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

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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Dynamic Yampa River

by GriffithAdmin 7. January 2013 11:45
The Canyons of the West are beautiful, full of life and almost seem to be timeless.  The towering walls of stone all around the rivers that formed these canyons bear silent witness to the powers of water, wind and time.  Sometimes, though, Mother Nature likes to throw a monkey wrench into things.

This August, we received word that there was a rock fall in the Yampa River Canyon, just above Warm Springs Rapid.  Here are some of the pictures that the National Park Service sent us:
This new boulder may prove to be a bit of a challenge when we see the river at higher flows in May and June.  The average level of the Yampa River in May and June is about 10,000 to 16,000 cfs.















The river was flowing at about 150 cfs when these pictures were taken.  The average level of the Yampa River in May and June is about 10,000 to 16,000 cfs.

Our guides are excited to see what this new rockfall will make the river look like during the 2013 river rafting season.

Common Questions

by GriffithAdmin 6. January 2013 11:55

Here are some questions we recently received from a guest going on a Westwater Canyon Trip.

  1. We would prefer paddleboats, but what are the qualifications?
  • As long as they can hold a paddle, there are no qualifications to be in the paddleboat. The guide will teach everyone on the boat how to paddle and what to expect. We may not allow smaller children on the paddleboat depending on water levels.
  1. How long is the ride from Moab to the ranger station put in, what type vehicle is used for transportation?
  • The drive to the Westwater Ranger station is about 1 and half hours long. We use 15 passenger vans and air conditioned shuttle buses. (Not school buses but motor coaches.)
  1. How long are we on the river, where is the lunch stop and is the swimming or hiking there?
  • We launch around 9am and take off the river around 3:30-4:00pm. The lunch stop varies on time of year. If the water is high we will lunch farther down stream because the river is moving faster. This is also true with hiking. When the water is low we do not have time for many hikes. There is always time for swimming!
  1. How long is the ride from take out point to Moab?
  • The ride back is almost the same length as the ride there.
  1. Are all your guides licensed?
  • All our guides are licensed by the state of Utah. They all have food handlers, CPR and Wilderness First Aid.
  1. Can you handle special diets or is it best to bring separate food (gluten free bread or 100% rye flour bread for fructose intolerance)?
  • We can handle a variety of diets. Gluten free is very common for us and is not a problem. We just need to know beforehand.
  1. We are staying at a hotel in town can you pick us up?
  • We can pick up from most hotels in town and from Red Cliffs Lodge and Sorrel River Ranch on our all our Westwater Canyon Trips.

Call Kristl at 800-332-2439 or email her at whitewater@griffithexp.com for information on one day Westwater Canyon trips.

Luxury River Trips

by GriffithAdmin 27. October 2012 06:01
The Green River!
I LOVE telling people all about our rafting trips. I REALLY love telling people about our Expeditions in Luxury rafting trips.  Why?  Well first, because we are the ONLY company offering this kind of comfort on these stretches of river. Secondly, it is fun to hear some of the responses:
"Really?  They do everything for me?"
or 
"You actually bring a Chef?" 
or
"Linen Clad Tables? Wow!" 
The answer to all of these questions?  A big YES! 
Here is a chart that details some of the differences between our standard rafting trips and our Expeditions in Luxury:
  Standard Rafting Trip Luxury Rafting Trip
Pre-Trip Loding Guest's Resposibility Deluxe Accommodations at the Best Western Canyonlands Inn Included.
Number of Guides/Staff on Each Trip 1 Guide per Every Five Guests
1 Guide per Every Three Guests, plus Camp Staff to Set-Up and Take Down Camp.
Chairs Comfortable Standard Camp Chairs Deluxe "Director's Chair" Camp Chairs.
Camping Equipment Cozy Sleeping Bag, 2" Paco Pad and Roomy Tent.  Set Up By Guests. Area Rug, Comfortable Cot, Cozy Sleeping Bag, Sheet, Pillow, Pillowcase, Handtowel, Washcloth, Small Table, Small Light, Spacious (6'6" tall) Tent.  Set Up By Camp Crew.
Meals Fresh and Delicious Meals Prepared by the Guides.  Served Buffet-Style Deluxe Meals, Prepared Riverside by Our Talented River Chef.  Served at Linen Covered Tables with Matching Wine.
Beverages Water, Juice, Gatorade, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Soda Water, Juice, Gatorade, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Soda, Beer, Wine (with Dinner)
Group Size 8 to 25 Guests 6 to 16 Guests
Post-Trip Lodging Guest's Resposibility Deluxe Accommodations at the Best Western Canyonlands Inn Included.
Finally, the REAL reason I love sending people out on one of our Expeditions in Luxury (or any of our rafting trips!): I know that they are going to have an outstanding experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world with some of the most amazing people I have ever met.  I know that our guides and staff are always going to provide the highest quality of service and that my guests are going to go home from their vacation with a renewed spirit and a new-found love of the river and her canyons.


If you would like more information about our Expeditions in Luxury, you can either click here, or you can call and talk to me (Kristl) at 800-332-2439.