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Fall in Moab

by Kristl 18. August 2015 08:17

Wow! We survived another crazy summer in Moab! This year was an odd one in our little corner of the world. We started the season thinking that we weren't going to have any water in the rivers due to a really poor snow season. Then the May storms moved in and there was plenty of snow all over the mountains and rainstorms that helped bolster the rivers through June, making for a GREAT rafting season!

AND, we aren't through yet! We've still got plenty of water in the Colorado and Green Rivers, and the rafting is still Great! Westwater Canyon is moving into its prime season, with lower water levels that make for great paddle-boating and fun rapids. Westwater Canyon is THE BEST one day rafting trip in the Moab area right now.

We're getting ready for our Labyrinth Canyon season, now, too! We traverse Labyrinth Canyon in Sea Kayaks so that our guests can really experience the solitude and beauty of this wonderful canyon. We take a gear boat to carry all of the camping equipment and food, so our guests are free to explore, paddle and relax in this beautiful setting. We stop for hikes into the side canyons and at points of interest along the way, so there is ample opportunity to get out of the kayaks and stretch one's legs. If kayaking doesn't appeal to you, but you would still like to see this secluded canyon, ask us about the possibility of riding along in an oar-boat.

We're excited to welcome back our friends from Women Traveling Together for another Labyrinth Canyon trip this year, and our friends from Adventure-Women who are coming for a Westwater Canyon trip in October. We're also excited for a special trip in Desolation Canyon on the Green River with Page Lambert and her special guest Cheryl Crazy Bull in September.

Finally, we can't forget about Cataract Canyon! We've had some great trips in Cataract Canyon this year, and we look forward to some more great trips this fall, as the temperatures cool and the colors change, Cataract Canyon is a great place to experience Fall in Moab.

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It's Never Too Late for a Daddy-Daughter Date

by Kristl 29. July 2014 07:25
My family is a Ranching family.  I grew up in La Sal, Utah, which is just south of Moab, Utah, and my dad was a rancher.  He worked hard every day, either out managing the cattle, checking the irrigation, fixing fences or running the tractors as he was cutting, baling and hauling the hay that would get the cows through the winter.  I am the oldest of six children, but I am a girl.  My younger brothers were the ones who got to (they will tell you they HAD to) work with Dad every day, while I played and did "Girly" things with mom.  I did get to (though at the time it was a HAD to) go and feed the cows on Saturdays, and I did finally learn how to run a tractor, though I never had to bale or haul the hay like my brothers did.  My dad worked really hard to provide for our family, and even though my brothers were able to work with him a lot, my sisters and I didn't really have that opportunity.

Enter the Daddy-Daughter Date.  Our church would organize the occasional Daddy-Daughter date night, with the idea that we would get some one-on-one time with our dads, away from the distractions of siblings and work.  These Daddy-Daughter dates were a lot of fun, and I loved the opportunity to dance with my daddy and have his undivided attention.

About 10 years ago, a group of Dads and their 3rd Grade daughters came for a Daddy-Daughter date weekend on the river.  They came to Moab to spend 3 Days and 2 Nights on the Colorado River.  The trip was purposely run at a slower pace, with lots of time for the girls to play on the sand and in the inflatable kayaks with their dads.  Our guides took care of all of the cooking, while the Dads and Daughters worked together to set up their tents and sleeping gear.  The Dads and Daughters had lots of time to play together without the distractions of TV, sports, phones, other family members or work needs. 

Since that first trip, the group of Dads and Daughters has returned again and again over the years.  The group has changed somewhat over the years.  Many of the Dads have been the same, but the Daughters aren't always the same as their younger sisters have taken their turns on the river trip when they have graduated the third grade.  The group joined us again this year for another great rafting trip.  The girls were all so cute!  We really enjoyed having them all on the river with us again, and we look forward to seeing them again over the next few years.

We had another Daddy-Daughter duo join us for one of our Multi-Sport Adventures in June, but this duo was a Grand-Daddy and Grand-Daughter.  They participated in a Zipline Tour, a Sunset Hummer Tour, a Horse-back ride and a 1 Day Westwater Canyon Rafting trip.  They had a great time together here in Moab and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.

It's never too late to set up your own Daddy-Daughter date, whether it is just going out for dinner or taking a longer adventure vacation together.  The time spent together is priceless, and cannot be replaced.

We're Not Done Yet!

by Kristl 14. July 2014 11:14

We’ve been having an awesome summer at Sheri Griffith Expeditions!  We've met many new friends, and we've been happy to reconnect with old friends, too. 

In the past, we've experienced a general slowdown in July as the temperatures rise and the high water levels drop, but this year has still been pretty busy!  We still have trips headed down Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River and through the Gates of Lodore on the Green River, as well as lots of Westwater Canyon rafting happening over the next few weeks. 

Many people think that Moab is just too hot to visit Moab in July and August, and with temperatures in the 100 degree range, we'd probably agree, if we didn't know that with warmer air temperatures come warmer water temperatures.  Right now the Colorado River is about 70 degrees Farenheit, which is GREAT for swimming!  Also, to beat the heat, our guides love the Gates of Lodore Rafting trip on the Green River.  This trip starts at a higher altitude, and thus has a bit cooler temperatures than the Colorado River trips.

Still too hot?  Well, September is just around the corner, and we've got some great trips planned in Labyrinth Canyon and in Cataract Canyon.  One of the trips that we are really excited about is our NEW Fit Kayaking Tour with Melanie Webb!  This trip will not only feature the beauty and solitude of Labyrinth Canyon by sea kayak, but will also include fitness exercises and personal fitness consultations with Melanie Webb.  (To learn more about Melanie, click here.)

Another September trip that we are excited about is our John Wesley Powell 12 Day Expedition, which combines 5 days of kayaking in Labyrinth Canyon with 8 Days of hiking and rafting through Cataract Canyon.  We're not planning on running this trip again for a few years (ask about our exciting John Wesley Powell Sesquicentennial Trip for 2019!), so if you've been thinking about this one, now is the time to book your seats.

We also have Cataract Canyon and Westwater Canyon rafting trips scheduled throughout the rest of the season. 

We're Not Done Yet!

Fit Kayaking Tour for Women Only

by Kristl 1. June 2014 09:35

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5 day Fitness Labyrinth Canyon

Labyrinth Canyon Fit Kayaking Tour

This year Sheri Griffith Expeditions is excited to be working with Melanie Webb of Sol Fitness Adventures to offer a brand new way to experience Labyrinth Canyon!

Melanie WebbMelanie Webb is a former wildlife biologist and environmental consultant who is now one of the Top Trainers in the fitness industry. She has been featured on Good Morning America, in Outside and New Beauty magazines, and is now a brand ambassador for ATHLETA.


We met Melanie when she was a tour director for a group of guests that we hosted on a river trip in 2013. Since then, we have been working with her to create a Fitness Adventure for the River. We are excited to introduce our Labyrinth Canyon Fit Kayaking Tour this September!

The Fit Kayaking tour will combine all of the highlights of our Women-Only Kayaking tours with the Health and Wellness tours that SOL Fitness Adventures offers. There is no experience in either kayaking or fitness necessary to have a great time on this trip. By the end of the first hour on the river, you’ll feel like you were born to kayak, and with the additional tutelage of Melanie each morning, mid-day and evening, you will find a renewed sense of wellness in mind and body.


Featured Activities:

  • Paddling Labyrinth Canyon of the Green River
  • Hiking up Beautiful Side Canyons
  • Morning Core Conditioning
  • Post-Paddle Stretch Flexibility Sessions
  • Evening Fireside Mindfulness including Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation
  • One-on-One Wellness Consultation with Melanie Webb

Labyrinth Canyon Booking PageTrip Details: Women Only Labyrinth Canyon Fit Kayaking Tour

Departure Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 (River trip orientation will be held on September 8th)

Trip Length: 5 Days/4 Nights (We return in the late afternoon on Saturday, September 13th)

Host City: Moab, Utah

Price: $1150 + Government Use and Launch Fees (about 6%)


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The Year of the Family Rafting Trip

by GriffithAdmin 10. May 2014 08:03

“The Year of the Family Rafting Trip “Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions has always been a company focused on family togetherness. Sheri started running rivers with her family in the 1970s, before opening a whitewater rafting company in Moab that was focused on safety, high quality and family fun. Later, long time employees Jose and Arlo Tejada took over the operation of the business, carrying on the same goals and values that Sheri established. Over the past 5 years, family has become even more important as Arlo has battled cancer, and our extended family has come together to support him. This year, we welcome Emma Tejada, Jose’s daughter, to the Sheri Griffith River Expeditions family.  In recognition of the importance of families of all kinds, we at Sheri Griffith River Expeditions want YOU to have the best Family Vacation Possible in 2014.

 

"Family is not an important thing.  It’s Everything." -Michael J. Fox


What makes a Sheri Griffith Rafting Expeditions family rafting vacation the best

Sheri Griffith River Expeditions understand how difficult it can be to plan and pull-off the perfect vacation. We have spent many years working out all the “kinks” associated with river vacations. Once you are on the river with us, we handle all of the day-to-day concerns so that you can relax and enjoy the time with your family. No cell phone or television interruptions, no soccer games or ballet practice, no running to the store, no meetings, no distractions. Just time to play, explore and build stronger family bonds.
 

We are so sure that you will LOVE your vacation with Sheri Griffith River Expeditions that we will GUARANTEE IT! If you don’t have a great time with your family while on one of our vacations, we will refund the price of your rafting trip.


 

This Weeks Highlighted Family Trip:

Family River Rafting on the Green River

book onlineOur signature family rafting trip in Utah is the 5 day/4 night “Family Rafting  expedition on the Green River. This great Utah river rafting vacation offers exceptional bonding opportunities, plenty of moderate yet fun  whitewater for children ages 5 and up, charming campsites on sandy beaches, stunning geological features and ancient and recent Western history. This Green River rafting adventure begins with a scenic flight to the launch site!
 

What are our Goals for your family  Your family gets a refreshed escape  with an easy, no hassle vacation. The kids will not stop talking about their favorite guide. And you are the hero of the PERFECT vacation.


Is this for your family? Great way to introduce the kids to the wonders of the river rafting. Including marshmallows, fireside stories, water fights, and sandcastles. There is also time for parents to relax and enjoy each other as the guides take the kids for learning nature walks.


 

Top Ten Hikes on Sheri Griffith River Trips

by GriffithAdmin 5. May 2014 08:46
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Top Ten Hikes

Top Ten Rafting Hikes

Our rafting trips are about a lot more than just whitewater. We travel by boat to some of the most remote parts of the country. The locations we travel through are protected as National Parks, National Monuments, registered national landmarks and proposed wild and scenic rivers.  Many of these amazing side hikes are not a accessible from roads. The hikes vary in length from 15 minutes to all day. They include waterfalls, Native American ruins, wildflowers, wildlife and just amazing beauty.

Here is a top ten of our favorite hikes from our trips. (Click the photos to see a larger version)

Dark Canyon
(Cataract Canyon)

Dark Canyon on Colorado River
  • Length: 8 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
  • Vertical gain: 1000 feet
  • Attractions: Waterfalls, towering 2000 foot canyon wall
  • River and Section: Colorado River through Cataract Canyon
  • Description: Dark Canyon is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is not always open because of the water levels of Lake Powell. When we get the chance, this hike is like heaven on earth. Towering red rock walls line the canyon. Clear water cascades down a variety of waterfalls and swimming pools, some over 25 feet deep.

Jones Hole
(Green River)

Couple at Jones Holes
  • Length: 4 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 4 hours
  • Vertical gain: 60 feet
  • Attractions: Native America petroglyphs, clear creek, Wildlife, waterfall
  • River and Section: Gates of Lodore and Yampa River
  • Description: The Jones Hole hike is famous for the variety of wildlife that is in the valley, including eagles, falcons, big horn sheep, and marmots. The trail wanders alongside the clear creek with many swimming holes and ends in a playful waterfall.  A short way further up the trail are stunning pictographs.

Little Dolores
(Westwater Canyon)

Little Dolores on Westwater Canyon
  • Length: 2 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 1 hour
  • Vertical gain: 50 feet
  • Attractions: Black rock canyon, raging waterfall
  • River and Section: Colorado River through Westwater Canyon
  • Description: This waterfall hike runs only in May and June. The Little Dolores Creek cascades along a black shist rock canyon carved thousands of years ago. The rock is over 1.7 billion years old! This creates amazing patterns and flute like shapes. The waterfall pours out of the side canyon and we are able to swim right under the falls.

The Doll's House
(Cataract Canyon)

Dolls House Hike on Cataract Canyon
  • Length: 8 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: Full Day
  • Vertical gain: 1000 feet
  • Attractions: Native American ruins, panoramic views of Canyonlands National Park.
  • River and Section: Colorado River through Cataract Canyon
  • Description: This challenging hike offers some of the best views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands Nationals Park. The Dolls House is named for it’s towering red rock peaks that John W. Powell thought looked like European dolls. The hike includes a cool slot canyon, views of the surrounding mountains, the Needles and native American ruins.

Flat Canyon Petroglyphs
(Green River)

Flat Canyon on the Green River
  • Length: 1/4 mile round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 15 mins
  • Vertical gain: 10 feet
  • Attractions: petroglyphs, towering 2000 foot canyon walls
  • River and Section: The Green River through Desolation Canyon
  • Description: An easy and very entertaining stroll to a giant and impressive panel of Fremont writings. The panel has an amazing number of writings and the guides will teach about what they may mean and what happened to this ancient culture.

Rippling Brook
(Green River)

Gates of Lodore on the Green River
  • Length: 2 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 2 hours
  • Vertical gain: 300 feet (extremely strenuous)
  • Attractions: Gorgeous views of the Green River. Spring fed water fall.
  • River and Section: The Green River through Gates of Lodore
  • Description: This fairly steep hike has photo opportunities at each switch back. The trail climbs the side of the canyon with views of the Gates of Lodore that are hard to beat. This all ends at a spring-fed waterfall.

Whispering Cave/Echo Park
(Green River)

Side hikes on the yampa river
  • Length: 6 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
  • Vertical Gain: 10 feet
  • Attractions: Native American petroglyphs, cave exploration, Pat Lynch hide out
  • River and Section: The Gates of Lodore and the Yampa River
  • Description: At the confluence of the Green River and Yampa River is a glorious hiking opportunity at Echo Park. Petroglyphs, Whispering cave, and a hermit hideout are just some of the attractions on this hike.

Rock Creek Ranch
(Green River)

Rock Creek on the Green River
  • Length: ¼ mile round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 1 Hour to Full Day
  • Vertical gain: 10 feet
  • Attractions: Rock Creek Ranch, Outlaw Hideaway
  • River and Section: The Green River through Desolation Canyon
  • Description: See where Butch Cassidy and his gang of outlaws stayed. Historical orchards full of fruit during August, and a longer hike is available to see outstanding petroglyphs and granaries.

Indian Creek
(Cataract Canyon)

Indian Creek on Cataract Canyon
  • Length: 4 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 3 hours
  • Vertical gain: 100 feet
  • Attractions: Waterfalls, towering 2000 foot canyon walls, Native American ruins
  • River and Section: Colorado River through Cataract Canyon
  • Description: In the spring, Indian Creek Falls is a highlight of our Cataract Canyon trips. Indian Creek starts miles away in the Abajo Mountains. 3 miles from the river is the beautiful, secluded Indian Creek waterfall.

Bowknot Bend
(Green River)

Flat Canyon on the Green River
  • Length: 2 miles round trip
  • Avg Hiking Time: 2 hours
  • Vertical gain: 700 feet
  • Attractions: The views of the Maze section of Canyonlands National Park.
  • River and Section: The Green River Through Labyrinth Canyon
  • Description: Here the Green River makes an 6 mile loop and is only ¼ mile from itself. This hike is a little bit challenging with 700 feet of vertical gain in little over a mile, but the views are worth it.

Last Minute Gates of Lodore Discount

Buy One Get One 1/2 off!

4 day Gates of Lodore Booking Page

Great last minute discount for the June 14th Gates of Lodore trip. We are offering Buy One Get One 1/2 off from now until May 1st trip for new customers!! The Gates of Lodore has 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.

Click on the Book Online button and enter promo code Lodorebogo or call Kristl 1-800-332-2439

This deal is only good for a little while so sign up fast.

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Save up 50% on the Yampa River

by GriffithAdmin 9. April 2014 08:06

Yampa River Discount

Buy One Get One 1/2 off!

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It's going to be a high water year for the Untamed Yampa River Trip!! We are offering Buy One Get One 1/2 off from now till April 15th on May 30th trip for new customers!!


Click on the Book Online button and enter promo code Yampabogo or call Kristl 1-800-332-2439

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Here is your perfect 2014 vacation!

by emma 23. December 2013 06:35

Is this a vacation you want in 2014?

Our river rafting trips are about so much more than just great whitewater. But sometimes you need to just enjoy the rapids. From the splashy “riffles” to the HEART pounding waves.

 

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Cyber Monday Deal

by GriffithAdmin 2. December 2013 06:10

Cyber Monday Deal

The Majestic Canyons of the Green River

Looking for a great 2014 family vacation that will create wonderful memories? Get $100 off this week on our easy, fun and unforgettable Green River Family trip.

Click the link below and enter promo code DESO13 before Saturday, December 7, 2013. Family River Rafting Booking Page

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