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by Kristl 20. October 2015 07:28

Yoga in the National Park!

When you think of yoga do you think "I'm too old", "I'm not flexible enough", "Yoga is for girls", "I'm overweight", "My balance is terrible", "It's religious", "I can't touch my toes", "I'm not interested in twisting myself into a pretzel", "Yoga is too slow for me"?

Yoga is far more than it might appear on the surface. It is a blend of moving the body with the flow of your breath and calming the mind. When you say "I'm not flexible" what you should be thinking is "yoga will allow me to become flexible"! All bodies large, small, thin, or thick included and invited.
Kristen Crisp, founder of the Sanity Gurus, took her first yoga class in 2006 and fell in love with it! She became both a 200 hour CYT (certified yoga teacher) and a NASM CPT (certified personal trainer) in order to combine yoga with exercise, nutrition and positive thinking as she helps others transform their minds and bodies.
  In Celebration of the National Park Centennial in 2016, Kristen will be joining Sheri Griffith Expeditions for a special Yoga in the National Park rafting trip through Cataract Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. This trip will combine all the great aspects of a Sheri Griffith Expeditions rafting trip, (hiking, exciting whitewater, comfortable camps and healthy, fresh meals) with the wellness programs and yoga of Kristen Crisp and the Sanity Gurus.No previous rafting or yoga experience required!!!

Trip Date: May 10-14, 2016
Rate: $1799 + government fees

Tags:

Canyonlands National Park | catraract canyon rafting | Colorado River Rafting

Tall Canyon Walls

by GriffithAdmin 10. June 2014 13:53

Classic Camp Site

This majestic camping spot in Canyonlands National Park is next to a 2000 foot cliff in Cataract Canyon.

Page Lamberts Writers Trip

by Kristl 20. May 2014 08:50
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“A River of One’s Own: A Heroine’s
Journey into the World of Story“

 Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River
This week features Page Lambert’s River Writing Journeys for Women as our highlighted women’s rafting adventure. A Colorado River trip, this six-day Cataract Canyon Adventure includes a spectacular scenic flight over Canyonlands National Park back to Moab. The theme for this year’s creative adventure, A River of One’s Own: A Heroine’s Journey into the World of Story, was inspired by Page’s special guest, renowned playwright and actress Ellen McLaughlin.
 
Nature Inspires Creativity! Deep within the boundaries of Canyonlands National Park, Cataract Canyon offers a perfect balance between serene floating, incredible optional hiking, and fast-moving rapids. 300 million years of rock history, abstract sculpted sandstone spires, and ancient Anasazi petroglyphs and granaries grace Cataract Canyon. Creative discussions will take place at the river's edge and continue throughout the day, ending with readings under the stars.  

Featured in Oprah’s O magazine! Sheri Griffith Expeditions has been outfitting Page Lambert’s River Writing Journeys for Women for 17 years. In 2006, Oprah’s O magazine featured these trips as “One of the top six, great all-girl getaways of the year.” Personal writing time is woven into the moments between floating down the Colorado River, optional hiking, relaxing on shore, and “circling up” with Page, Ellen, the other river women, and SGE’s fabulous women guides.  

5 Day Cataract Canyon Booking PageStorytelling on the River! Who told you your first story? For most of us, it was a woman. “We pass the great stories down from generation to generation,” Ellen tells us. “Mother to mother to mother. And so many of our stories are about journeys—heroes and heroines who leave the confines of the familiar and, in the spirit of curiosity and adventure, light out into the unknown. There we encounter not only the magnificence of the world, but our very souls.”  

Women Only River Trips PageJoin the Heroine’s Adventure! Sunday night’s orientation at SGE is followed by dinner with Page, Ellen, and the other women guests. The trip launches Monday morning, August 11th. You’ll float down the Colorado River, past the confluence of the Green River, through beautiful Cataract Canyon, culminating with a breathtaking scenic flight from Lake Powell back to Moab. SGE provides everything—rafts, tents, sleeping bags, fresh healthy meals, etc. The fabulous women guides do all the cooking and rowing!  

Praise from Previous Guests of Page’s River Writing Journeys! This is a fantastic trip! I have experienced Page’s women-only trips twice now and they are terrific. The Sheri Griffith company is excellent, the guides were super and both times the trip brought together amazing women. Rafting, hiking, camping, great food... a fabulous trip start to finish!"  

Do you have to be a writer? No previous writing experience is necessary for this adventure. Page will provide journals as well as written material for you to take home, and the river and the canyon will provide all the inspiration you need!

This is Whitewater!

by GriffithAdmin 16. May 2014 08:04

Video of the Week:

2014 looks like one of the better whitewater rafting years in Cataract Canyon since 2011.

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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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

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!"

An Expeditions for Foodies

by GriffithAdmin 11. November 2013 11:17

The Gourmet Experience- Our Trip for Foodies!

Great Food!

Luxury River Trips: This experience is all about "going with your gut." This can certainly ring true when you're planning your adventure of a lifetime--especially when there's food involved! With an impressive river chef menu designed by our chef and Culinary Institute of America trained Sarah Jane, you can trust that our Luxury River Trips are the intersection of gourmet food, incredible settings and adventure.

Spend the day exploring the secrets of the Colorado River and admiring the beauty of Canyonlands National Park. At night Indulge in five star cuisines prepared by our professional river chef, served on linen-clad tables with views of towering red rocks. Relax by the rivers edge with handpicked wines.

Enjoy toasted crostini topped with Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Basil and melted Buffalo Mozzarella, wrapped in prosciutto for appetizers. Savor grilled pork tenderloin with Honey-Dijon Sauce, Grilled Asparagus, and Couscous as the sun sets. Save room for dessert with freshly baked brownies with assorted berries and whipped cream.



Hungry Yet?

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