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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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Green River Rafting | Westwater Canyon Rafting

A Winter Westwater Tale

by emma 12. February 2015 08:03

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Winter Westwater

 Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River

During the last weekend of January, Sheri Griffith Expeditions owner Jose Tejada and his son Obe took a trip through Westwater Canyon.  Our Operations Manager, Brenda Milligan also took some time to go rafting in Westwater Canyon that weekend.We asked Obe to give us his thoughts on the weekend:

Westwater Winter RocksWe arrived at the Westwater ranger station around 10:30 in the morning. It was raining. In fact, it had been raining all night and most of the day before. There was no trace of the sunny, high 50 degree weather that was present when my dad and I hatched this plan.  “You can’t boat every month if you don’t start in January” My father had said. He hadn’t been on the water yet this year. Sure I had been on a San Juan River trip two weeks earlier but this was Westwater. Here the waves would be unavoidable. To be cast out of my brother’s 14 foot NRS boat was a real possibility. It is easy to stay dry on the San Juan River, but this was not the “Juan”. The date was January 30, his last chance to get on the river this month.

For those who have never experienced winter rafting, the gear you bring can make or break an excursion of this sort. It was on a cold April trip down the Gates of Lodore, while wearing a wet suit, that I decided my winter wardrobe needed some upgrades. The neoprene that makes up these suits is designed to trap water next to the skin so your body can warm it. This is great if you are submerged in the water. Also not bad if air/water temperatures are higher than the 40F/35F temps we had when we put in. I went on this trip with a dry top and splash bottoms. My dad wore splash gear: the same type that Sheri Griffith Expeditions routinely gives to their customers in the spring and fall.
And so we pushed off into the frigid water with the rain in our faces both silently wondering if this was going to be one of those trips more fun to tell about than to experience. There was no turning back now. Not that it ever really crossed either of our minds. You don’t go white water rafting in the winter expecting to be perfectly comfortable, and it could have been much worse.

A quarter mile downstream we spotted a Red Headed Sapsucker (Woodpecker), my first.  An hour or so later, we saw our first bald eagle of the trip at the miners’ cabin. It flew within 20 feet of my Dad’s boat. These I have seen many times because some of them live in Moab year round. I never get tired of seeing these amazing birds. Just before Little Delores rapid we saw a small heard of mule deer does. This was a very good trip for wildlife.

We had planned on meeting up with Brenda’s group, who had spent the night in the canyon (doing some river clean up), run the rapids together then push them out with our motor. They thought we might have canceled due to the bad weather and we missed each other by about half an hour. At Lower Cougar Bar, which had three feet of ice on it, we did our final tie down. It was also here that the rain stopped and we could see a small sliver of blue sky to the north!
Our runs through the inner gorge of Westwater Canyon were great! My dad didn’t even get his sorrel boots wet. With all of the water on the black Granitic Schist canyon walls, it made the canyon seem like it had been polished. Sometimes it is hard to pay attention to my runs because of all the scenery that there is to take in. Every time I am here I marvel at the contrast of the red Windgate Sandstone on the black Granitic Schist. This is truly a special place.
After Westwater Canyon, the water fall at Star Canyon was spectacular.  I tried to take pictures of it but I could not do it justice.   This is where we spotted Brenda’s group. So we quickly hung the motor and caught up to them. It sounded like they had had a great trip as well. One of their crew had hauled out two huge beams from the canyon. I love to see people hauling out trash like this. It shows the dedication the river community has to keeping this amazing place clean!

Scott Takig out trash WW

The sun came out for the ride out. The temperature must have come up into the fifties. What a wonderful trip. There was great wildlife, great scenery, great friends, a great time with my dad, and now the weather had just gotten gorgeous! Hard to believe it was January 30th. We will see what February brings.
 

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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!

Start of the Westwater Rafting Season

by GriffithAdmin 24. April 2014 13:10

2014 Westwater rafting season starts

Sky West Airlines and Moab

by Kristl 7. January 2014 06:43
There has been a lot of Buzz in Moab over the last few months about a new company offering flights into the Moab Canyonlands Field Airport.  Well, we received the official word this morning that Sky West Airlines will be offering flights from Salt Lake City, Utah to Moab on a daily basis starting on March 2, 2014.  Here is the information from their official press release:

Book Your Delta Flight from Salt Lake to Moab Today!
Flights Operated by SkyWest Airlines
 

MOAB, Utah Jan. 6, 2014 – The new Delta Connection flights from Salt Lake City to Moab, Utah (CNY), operated by SkyWest Airlines, will begin on March 2, 2014! And right now is the perfect time to begin booking your spring travel plans.

There will be two daily, roundtrip flights from Salt Lake to Moab on Mondays, as well as Thursday through Sunday. One daily roundtrip flight will be available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The flight schedule is as follows*:

Freq

Departure Airport

Dept Time

Arrival Airport

Arrival Time

Thurs.-Mon.

SLC

9:40 a.m.

CNY

10:43 a.m.

Thurs.-Mon

CNY

11:10 a.m.

SLC

12:19 p.m.

Thurs.-Mon.

SLC

1:45 p.m.

CNY

2:48 p.m.

Thurs.-Mon

CNY

3:05 p.m.

SLC

4:14 p.m.

Tue. & Wed.

SLC

11:00 a.m.

CNY

12:03 a.m.

Tue. & Wed.

CNY

12:30 p.m.

SLC

1:39 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

*Flight schedule varies by day of week and is subject to change

Customers may book flights at www.delta.com or by calling Delta reservations at 800.221.1212. Remember, the best fares are always available at www.delta.com.

This press release and additional information about SkyWest Airlines can be found at www.skywest.com.

We are excited that there will be flights from the Salt Lake City airport, which is a large "Hub" airport.  I checked the price of the flights in June, and it looks like the round-trip flight from Salt Lake City to Moab will be about $174 per person.  I found this price through Kayak.com (the Delta website was working a little slow this morning).

Remember that if you are flying in to the Moab airport, you will either need to rent a car through Enterprise (at the airport, advance reservations required) or arrange for a shuttle into Moab, as the airport is about 14 miles outside of town.  Please feel free to call me (Kristl) at 800-332-2439 for shuttle information.

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.

 

Whitewater Rafting class

Government Shut Down and Sheri Griffith Expeditions

by GriffithAdmin 1. October 2013 11:57
Moab Utah and the Shut down.
Sheri Griffith River Expeditions is not directly affected by the Government Shutdown. We can still run all our Westwater Canyon trips for the rest of the year. But we feel sorry for all those coming to our great town of Moab, Utah looking forward to seeing Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park


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Colorado River Rafting | Westwater Canyon Rafting

Gearing Down and Gearing Up

by Kristl 2. September 2013 09:27

Yampa River

Here at Sheri Griffith River Expeditions we are starting to gear down from the height of our 2013 season, just in time to start gearing up for the 2014 rafting season.  We loved meeting new friends and re-connecting with old friends as we traversed the canyons we call home. We've already received reservations for the 2014 season, and it is starting to look like a great rafting seaon! 

As part of our "gearing up" for the 2014 season, we are offering a special September special on all of our rafting trips!  If you've been following us for a few years, you know that we always offer our "Next Year's Dates at This Year's Rates" until October 31st, but this year we are offering a special incentive.  If you make your reservation during the month of September and pay for your rafting trip in full, we will give you an additional 5% discount!  This discount works in addition to our group discounts and our return guest discounts, so you could save a lot of extra money!


Call or email Kristl for more details! (800) 332-2439Gates of Lodore


If you've ever wanted to see Cataract Canyon, the Yampa River, the Gates of Lodore or any of the other beautful canyons that we call home, this is the time to start planning!  We offer all-inclusive rafting excursions, so no hidden rental fees and no extra transportation fees will be added on to your reservation.

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.