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Cataract Canyon: Now with NEW rapids!

by Brenda Milligan 9. December 2013 10:00

Cataract Canyon...Now with New Rapids!
Cataract Canyon rafting

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 Cataract Canyon trip before the government shutdown during the last week of September, and she reported lots of new debris flows from the recent rains.


Cataract Canyon Booking PageOne 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!"

How to get our 2014 Catalog.

by arlo tejada 26. November 2013 06:36

2014 Rafting Catalogs


Moab River Rafting catalog

The Sheri Griffith River Expeditions River Journeys catalog has just arrived in Moab. Filled with Lots of new photos, updated itineraries and great information.

BIG CHANGES TO DELIVERY OF THE CATALOG: After years of sending out thousands of brochures many of which were as returned as undeliverable or sent to the landfill, we have decided not to do a bulk mailing in 2014.  If you would like to receive a copy of our 2014 brochure, or impress your friends and family members, please call us at 800-332-2439 or email us at info@griffithexp.com.

We will even throw in a FREE DVD, Moab trip planner and a postcard that you can keep or mail to your friends!

Here are the best ways to get your copy:

  • Email (info@griffithexp.com)

  • Website (click here)

  • Phone (800) 332-2439

  • Mailing us (PO Box 1324 Moab UT 84532)

  • Walk in and ask for one (2231 South Highway 191 Moab Utah 84532)

  • Telegraph (nearest Western Union)

  • Secret handshake. (Well it is secret for a reason)

Happy Birthday Arches National Park!!!

by emma 12. November 2013 09:04

Arches Turns 42 Years Old!

Great Waterfall and rainbow

Arches National Park was opened in 1971 on November 12th. This is the National Park's 42nd birthday. It was originally created as a National Monument in April of 1929. Arches National Park is roughly 76,359 acres of beautiful rock formations such as Balancing Rock and Delicate Arch featured above.

Parks Week: Canyonlands National Park

by Brenda Milligan 11. November 2013 08:53

Canyonlands National Park!

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park Information

Canyonlands National Park covers a vast area of rock wilderness in southeast Utah, centered on the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. Over millions of years, the rivers and their small tributaries have carved the flat sandstone rock layers into many amazing forms with a wide range of colors. The 530 square miles of the park contain countless canyons, arches, spires, buttes, mesas and a myriad of other spectacular rock formations.

For more information on Canyonlands National Park: www.griffithexp.com/canyonlands-national-park

To book a trip in Canyonlands National Park:

Canyonlands National Park Booking Page

A little of the Yampa River History

by GriffithAdmin 6. November 2013 08:10
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.

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

Top Reviews All Year Long!

by GriffithAdmin 28. October 2013 11:18

All 5 Stars for Trip Advisor Reviews this year!

TripAdvisor

“SGE is a great example of “you get what you pay for”; yes, they are a little pricier than some others, but their trips are well planned, their staff is professional and helpful, the experience can’t be truly described. You will not be disappointed.”

Charles Simpson, Cataract Canyon 2013, Southlake, TX

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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!