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Top Reviews All Year Long!

by GriffithAdmin 28. October 2013 11:18

All 5 Stars for Trip Advisor Reviews this year!

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“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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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!  

October Activities at Sheri Griffith Expeditions

by Kristl 9. October 2013 06:44

Rich Practicing his Drive

Short days, colder nights and even some snow on the mountains...must be October in Moab.  We've been busy cleaning, repairing and putting away the rafting equipment here at Sheri Griffith Expeditions, but we have found some time to get out and play, too.  We still have beautiful weather for spending time on the water, in the canyons and on the golf course. 

Brenda took some time to explore Cataract Canyon, launching on the evening of September 30th so that she could beat the "shutdown".  She explored some side canyons and was excited to show us the pictures of the arrowhead she found (and left) there.

Kristl took her family and friends for a "Ducky Day" on the Daily Stretch of the Colorado River and had lots of fun playing in the sand and building sand castles with her kids.

Arlo took some time to kayak on the Colorado River for a day away from the computer and brochure planning.

Jose has taken some great hikes to area petroglyphs, and is planning some more fun excursions with his family.

Marshall and Nicole took their family on a Labyrinth Canyon excursion.

Rich took his family down Cataract Canyon.

Aaron hiked into Cataract Canyon and then rafted down from the Confluence.

Izzy is planning a Cataract Canyon or Labyrinth Canyon trip for next week.

Max and Tabitha have spent time in Pennsylvania with Tabitha's family, and are planning a trip to Costa Rica in November.

Stephanie is traveling abroad, visiting Italy, Sri Lanka and other destinations.

Christian and Rich

One activity that Brenda, Rich, Sara Jane and Christian are going to participate in this weekend is the Moab Regional Hospital Charity Golf Tournament.  The proceeds from the tournament benefit the hospital's Digital Mamography Services. Brenda's team may not be the best on the course, but they'll probably have the most fun!

Cataract Canyon...Now with NEW RAPIDS!

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 7. October 2013 09:25

Cataract Canyon...Now with NEW RAPIDS!

 

Family Rafting Trips on the Colorado River

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 trip last week before the government shut down. She reported lots of new debris flows from the recent rains.

One 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!”
Westwater Canyon Rafting on the Colorado River

 


Skinny Tire Events and the Moab Century Tour

by Kristl 20. September 2013 10:36

 

Skinny Tire Events

This weekend is the Moab Century Tour in beautiful Moab, Utah. Mark Griffith and Beth Logan work hard each year to organize this tour and the Skinny Tire Festival as a fundraiser for local cancer programs and for cancer research. Here at SGRE we have always supported Mark and Beth and their non-profit organization Skinny Tire Events as they work to raise funds to fight cancer.

Their work has become more personal lately as Arlo has gone through his cancer journey these last few years. Arlo was a key-note speaker at the Skinny Tire Festival a couple of years ago, and has been a recipient of services that are now available in Moab due to funds raised by Skinny Tire Events for the Moab Regional Hospital.

A lot of the contributions made by Sheri GriffitSkinny Tire Events-gearh Expeditions to Skinny Tire Events are "behind the scenes", including free use of our equipment (tables, chairs, vans, busses), copy services, rent-free use of our warehouse as a staging location for the Aid Stations, donated time of our drivers and a yearly donation of a 2 person 5 Day Cataract Canyon rafting trip for the Skinny Tire Festival biggest fundraiser.

We appreciate all that Skinny Tire Events is doing for the Moab area, and for the fight against cancer. Over the years that Skinny Tire Events has been working to fight cancer, they have raised over $3.6 Million. When I spoke with Mark this morning, he said that as of today, the Moab Century Tour that is going on this weekend has raised nearly $200,000! We are proud to support such a great organization! To find out more about Skinny Tire events, please visit their website at www.skinnytireevents.com.

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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.

History of Cataract Canyon

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 15. March 2013 08:17

Cataract Canyon History

Cataract Canyon lies in the heart of Canyonlands National Park 65 miles down the Colorado River from Moab, Utah and 110 miles down the Green River from the town of Green River, Utah. These two powerful rivers meet at the Confluence and combine to make some of the most commanding and famous rapids in North America. Cataract Canyon's rapids caused more damage and created more fear in early river runners than those of the Grand Canyon. Cataract's rapids are only part of the amazing story about this section of the Colorado River. Cataract and Canyonlands also has amazing human, and natural history, along with classical river running stories and adventures.

A few of the early River Runners:

  • Nathanial Galloway does the first solo trip through Cataract Canyon in 1894

  • Emery and Ellsworth Kolb traveled from Green River, Wyoming to the Sea of Cortez in 1911 on the Green and Colorado Rivers

  • Julius Stone Expedition runs cataract in 1909

  • "Buzz" Holmstrom makes a solo run of the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1937

  • Norman Nevills runs the first commercial River trip through Cataract Canyon in 1938

Congress established Canyonlands National Park in 1964 after a long history of "potential" development in Cataract Canyon. Before 1921 the Colorado River was know as the Grand River. Congress changed the name under pressure from the state of Colorado in the Colorado Compact, which also designated water rights to the sates that border the Colorado River. The Rio Grande Railroad tried to build a railroad from Denver to LA following the Colorado River in 1889. In the early 1900's steamboats carried mining supplies, fruits, and cattle between Green River and Moab using the Colorado and Green Rivers. There was also an attempted dam site at the Confluence in the early 1900's. The amount of sediment at this location made it nearly impossible to build.

Read More about Cataract Canyon History.

Dark Canyon waterfalls.

by Sheri Griffith River Expeditions 28. February 2013 12:13
One of the prettiest places we visit. Dark Canyon on our Sights of Cataract Canyon trip.
Dark Canyon Waterfall