6 Day Page Lamberts Writing River Trip - Sheri Griffith Expeditions

River Odyssey with Ellen McLaughlin
Page Lambert's 
River Writing Journey for Women

PAGE LAMBERT returns to celebrate her 26th river-writing journey for women on Utah's beautiful Green River through the Gates of Lodore.

PERSONAL JOURNALING TIME is woven into the moments between floating down the Colorado River, hiking at your leisure, or relaxing on shore. Although this is not a workshop, Page will facilitate creative discussions about writing at the river's edge and in the evening when we circle up to share readings under the stars. "Women rediscover a unique part of themselves in the natural world," Page says, “and we inspire each other in uniquely feminine ways."

WHY THE RIVER? Women have always gathered at the river. It is where we traditionally have come to greet the sun, to bathe our children and wash our clothes and fill our cooking pots. It is where we cleansed and purified ourselves. It is where we told our stories. The river has always nourished our creativity.

In gratitude to Kathleen Jo Ryan, who organized the original 1997 trip for the book Writing Down the River: Into the Heart of the Grand Canyon.

 View more about Page Lambert's 2023 River Adventure on her website.


• River Writing with Page Lambert
• The Gates of Lodore on the Green River
• Fun, Splashy Rapids
• Great History


Trip Rates

Adults: $2399.00
*Does not include taxes & government user fees

Trip Length:

6 Days/ 5 Nights

Host City:

Vernal, Utah 

Minimum Age:

18 Yrs Old


II-IV (Depending on Water Levels)

2023 Date:

August 16


Oarboats, Paddleboats, Inflatable Kayaks


"“Page, thank you so much for making the rafting trip possible—and wonderful. I've imagined a river trip for years and this exceeded my expectations!”

Libby,  August 2012

"“This is truly a wonderful adventure—physically, mentally, spiritually. Was so great that our focus was nature, poetry, writing. In spite of sand-in-the-hair, I didn't hear complaints! I will certainly recommend your trips to others. Our co-rafter/writer, my traveling partner, made a number of calls in the car as we drove home, praising the trip to the skies, telling everyone they needed to do it.”

Carol C, August 2012

"This is a fantastic trip! I have experienced this women-only trip twice now and it is 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!"
Julie S, August 2013

 “Lynne and I agreed that the river trip was the greatest and most memorable experience either one of us had ever had in our lives! It will be in our hearts forever and we are so happy that you came into our lives, Thank you, Page!”
Sue, River Writing & Sculpting guest, 2017 

“I am grateful for this canyon retreat as it became much more than a river trip for me. I have been searching for a way to return to the land since I was 17 and left the Yampa Valley. Now, thanks to you, I have found a place to feed the primeval need to literally hold ancient dirt and mud and clay in the bowl of my hands, to see how the basic elements of earth, water, and fire come together during creation, to see stars after the moon goes down at night, and watch the canyon walls by day.”
Kaye Roll, River Writing & Sculpting guest, 2017

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Trip Rate


Trip Date 2023

August 16

5 Day Cataract Canyon Booking Page

 What This Rate Includes:

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Full Days on the River:

Camping Gear: Clean Sleeping Bag, Pad, & Tent


All Camping Equipment

Great Hikes in Desolation Canyon

Quality Guides: Highly Experienced, Professional, & Licensed

High Quality and Quantity Meals:

Iced Coolers on boats

Lemonade, Iced Water, and Gatorade: Coffee, teas, hot cocoa, and juice available in camp.

Professional women guides on every raft

Optional one-on-one consultations with Page

Water resistant journals and pouches

Writing time, personal time, group facilitation, and fun!

Trip Deposit: $300 per person deposit required upon reservation. Full balance due 45 days prior to departure.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

Minimum Age: 18 years old

What is not included in trip fares:

Guide Gratuities by no means required but always appreciated by our guides. We recommend 10-20% of the cost of the river portion of the trip.

Transportation to Moab Utah.

Lodging and meals prior to or following your expedition (except where noted.) Click to see list of quality places to stay in Moab Utah.

Government user fees and taxes (about 9.7% of trip cost.)

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Day 1: Starting The Adventure


We meet at the Microtel Inn and Suites in Naples,  Utah, early the morning of departure. You will be shuttled to the launch site and head downstream to huge stone gates, 1,000 feet high that appear to have split the mountains in two - The Gates of Lodore. Your guides will give you a river orientation and safety briefing before departing on your journey into the canyon between the towering red cliffs of the Gates of Lodore.


The trip begins with a gentle float, changing to small rapids above Winnie's Grotto. We'll stop there for a brief hike into the alcove. The rapids are more frequent after Winnie's.
Guides prepare a tasty buffet lunch along the riverbank.


Each evening we establish camp on the riverbank. While you explore and relax, the guides set up chairs, and the kitchen, where they prepare fresh, delicious abundant meals. The clean air amplifies a vibrant blue sky, creating a perfect environment for hiking and unparalleled photographic opportunities.


Note: Meals are served from a set daily menu, but you are welcome to request, in advance, special dishes or tell us if there are particular things you would prefer not to have.


Days 2-5: Whitewater Day


Wake to the smell of coffee brewing. After a hearty breakfast, we'll pack up the rafts and push off shore. The rapids are almost constant now, interspersed with fewer calm stretches. The rapids increase in size and excitement as the river winds deeper into the Uintah Mountains.


Each evening, we'll find a camp, where there's a nice sandy beach. Guides will prepare dinner, while you relax on the beach.


Day 6: getting wet before going home


After breakfast, we'll be rafting through some fun rapids. Start this morning's river travel with the fun, splashy Greasy Pliers rapids. The canyon then opens up into the Island Park area. Enjoy viewing amazing petroglyphs of a very large bison. Raft through Rainbow Park and enjoy swimming in the river before the river slices through Split Mountain.


The river opens up into a big basin area, before it slices through the mountains again. There is a dramatic cut through Split Mountain and the river gradient dramatically increases from 1 to 20 feet per mile. Run Moonshine and S.O.B., and a number of other fun rapids.


At the end of this great trip you will have conquered 44 miles of river. We will pull over at the Split Mountain Boat Ramp where your bus will be waiting to drive you back to Vernal. The drive is about 45 minutes.



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*Note: This is an example itinerary and may change due to weather, water levels, camp availability etc.

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Desolation Canyon Rafting Trip Map

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The Majestic Canyons of the Green River lie between the towns of Duchesne and Green River in, east central Utah. These canyons are intertwined with history of the Fremont Indians, John Wesley Powell, ranchers and outlaws and are a registered National Historic site. In 1869, after traveling through "a region of wildest desolation", John Wesley Powell named Desolation Canyon. Gray Canyon also received its name from Major Powell after considering the names Lignite and Coal Canyons.


Desolation Canyon Information:

Rapid Rating: Class III-III

Put in: Sand Wash, Utah.

Take-out location:Swaseys boat ramp.

River Miles: 84 miles

Number of rapids 50+

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Required Forms:

Please print, sign and return the required forms (for each person in your party) to our office by email, fax or mail at least 45 days prior to your trip.

Trip Risk Forms

Guest Registration


Trip Document in PDF's

Moab Trip Planner:

Packing List

Trip Itinerary

Travel Insurance:

Transportation to Moab

Preferred Lodging Guide:

Faxed Reservation Form

Helpful Links

Canyonlands National Park: Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries.

Arches National Park: Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.

Dinosaur National Monument: Dinosaur National Monument protects a large deposit of fossil dinosaur bones--remains of the so-called "terrible lizards" that lived millions of years ago.

Moab Travel Council: A great resource on Moab area trails, hotels, and other great things to do in Moab.

Links to Area Information

Moab Weather

Water Levels

How to get to Moab

Where to staying Moab

What to do other than rafting

Questions about the trip:

Cancellation Policy and Trip Insurance:

Sheri Griffith Expeditions has a NO REFUND policy. Since you have reserved space for which we have a limited number of seats, our non-refundable policy applies in every instance. There are no exceptions for any reason, so we highly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance to protect your vacation investment. Please take some time to visit the following website www.travelinsure.com/affiliate/selecthigh.htm?32219, which contains information about Travel Insurance.

How to book a trip

There are several easy ways to make a reservation. Easiest is to click on the “book online” button on your trip or at the top of the screen. You can always give us a call at 800-332-2439. You can also download Reservation PDF and fax it in (435)-259-2226 or mail it to us at Po Box 1324 Moab UT 84532.

Deposits and Reservations

For 1 day trips full payment is required at time of booking. For multiday trips a non-refundable $300/person deposit is required at the time of reservation. The balance is due 45 days prior to departure. After making your reservation you will receive a reservation packet that will include a packing list, helpful travel hints, travel insurance information, a beverage request form, and a guest registration form. Please fill out the guest registration form and send or fax back quickly. If you find you are unable to participate in the trip that you booked, but would like to transfer your trip to the following year, there will be a charge of $300 per participant if the change is made at least 3 weeks prior to your departure date.


We make every effort to follow through on our plans. However, we reserve the right to make changes in the itinerary or possibly cancel a trip if necessary including but not limited to weather conditions, water fluctuations, insufficient reservations, changes in international relations, or other factors beyond our control. If cancellation is necessary, your money will be refunded. Our financial liability shall be limited to the amount actually paid and shall not be extended to cover any other costs incurred by the trip member.


The evening before the trip we meet at our office (2231 South Highway 191) at 5 pm (MDT) in Moab for a trip orientation. Here you will learn what to expect and prepare for, receive your dry bags, sign the Assumption of Risk forms, and get a chance to ask any last questions. If you are not going to be able to make this please let us know ahead of time.


If you would like any personal beverages while on the river, i.e., sodas, beer, wine, etc., you can bring them with you the morning of departure and we will place them in iced coolers. We provide some sodas, water, lemonade and Gatorade mixes and tea, juice and coffee in the mornings.


Guests often ask whether gratuities are appropriate, and in what amount. If you feel your guides have provided a very special trip for you, a gratuity may be left with the trip leader and will be shared among the crew. Entirely discretionary, anything between 15% and 20% of the trip cost is a general tipping guideline. If you plan to tip, remember to bring a personal check or cash—ATM’s are hard to find in the backcountry! PLEASE, do not make out checks to Sheri Griffith Expeditions. If you are writing check please make it out to the Trip Leader.  NOTE: we cannot take credit card gratuities.

Hiking and Physical Requirements:

If you are of an adventurous spirit and in reasonably good health, you should have no problem enjoying any of our trips. It’s not necessary to be an athlete to participate in a river expedition. However, It is several hours to the nearest medical center. If you take medication you should bring a good supply and inform your guide of all medication that you are taking. When you meet your guide, you should discretely explain any medical conditions you may have or be concerned about including allergies to bee stings, etc. Each guide carries a first aid kit and will need to know if specific medicines should be stored. It’s also helpful to know about other health issues when planning activities for the day. Pregnant women and anyone with heart trouble should have their physician’s approval before taking a river trip.

Safety, and Assumption of Risk

We maintain an excellent safety record, since 1971. However, all outdoor experiences involve risk and we all must recognize that accidents or illnesses may occur. We cannot guarantee your safety. We place final responsibility for your safety firmly on your shoulders where it belongs. You have to pay attention to what you are doing. Mother Nature controls the water level, the weather and the elements, so there is a risk involved in rafting and camping. Before your trip departs, you will be asked to sign an Assumption of Risk and Release Form. We assume no responsibility for injury to trip members, their personal belongings or, for time and expense incurred. We strongly recommend Travel Insurance, which covers vacation losses and accidents and provides a refund if you have to cancel your trip.

Parking, luggage and valuables:

We have a gated parking lot at our office for your vehicles while you are on the river. We also have a safe room for luggage and valuables while you a re on the river.

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