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It is Yampa River Week!

by GriffithAdmin 5. November 2013 07:56

The Yampa River!

Great Waterfall and rainbow

It is Yampa River Week. This is our most popular trip and sells out every year. If you are looking at do the Yampa this summer book quickly! Book Online Here

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.














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

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.


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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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