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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

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.