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Guarded Enthusiasm

by Kristl 11. May 2020 13:07
OH! I'm *ALMOST* jumping for joy!  We just heard from the National Parks in our area that things will be opening up soon!  Canyonlands and Arches National Parks will begin LIMITED operations on May 29th.  Dinosaur National Monument is beginning limited operations by the middle of this week.

NOW...this does not guarantee that we will be in operation on those dates, but it is a step in the right direction.  

Hurry up...and wait...

We're cautiously optimistic that things will be running again soon.  We are working on our COVID19 Mitigation Plan so that we can be ready to start operations as soon as safely possible.

I'm saving my happy dance for the day we get the final go-ahead, but my toes are tappin'. 

Happy Monday Everyone!


Phones and Covid and Rafting

by Kristl 27. April 2020 09:12
Our phones are working again!!  We can now be reached via phone at both our 800 number (800-332-2439) and our local line (435-259-8229).

We are currently working on putting together a plan for rafting trips this summer.  We are working with the managing agencies to make sure that we offer opportuniites for excellent outdoor experiences that still comply with CDC requirements and recommendations that mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Stay tuned for more information coming soon!



by Kristl 23. March 2020 09:19
Sorry for the inconvenience!  Please email us at  If you need to speak with someone, please include your phone number in your email, and someone will call you as soon as possible.




by Kristl 12. March 2020 13:52

SGRE Response to COVID-19

As a past, present, or prospective guest with Sheri Griffith River Expeditions (SGRE), you’re a part of our family and you should know we take the health and safety of our guests and our staff very seriously.

Recently, due to the uncertain nature of the spread of the coronavirus resulting in an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, many travelers are understandably concerned. As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation and our response may well change as we learn more. For now, we STRONGLY advise all travelers to purchase a travel protection plan that will cover you in the event you or a family member become ill and cannot travel. 

If you have traveled, or will travel within an area that has been identified by the CDC as high-risk areas, please consult your physician about whether you should participate in an outdoor adventure activity.

If a guide or guest develops flu-like symptoms during an SGRE trip, per CDC guidelines, we will socially distance the individual(s) from the rest of the group and any community items, disinfect any suspected items or areas of contamination, encourage them to wear a surgical mask (to help prevent the spread of their illness), and consult local agencies about the possibility of an evacuation.

Our team is monitoring the following resources to help inform our decision making at this time:

We recommend checking with your own state’s recommendations and policies regarding the COVID19 response.

We hope you’ll rest assured that our standard procedures have long featured vigilant adherence to best practices for sanitation, disinfection of communal surfaces, and availability of hand washing stations. In addition to convenient locations for two to three hand-wash stations at every camp, along with a heavy emphasis on their required use, we also bring a supply of hand sanitizer on every trip. Our certified food managers and handlers adhere to strict guidelines for food preparation and clean up. Vehicles are cleaned between each use, and our rental gear (sleeping bags/pads and tents) is laundered between trips. Take confidence in knowing our operations teams are working extra hard to ensure we meet or exceed CDC guidelines.

As always, the safety of our guests and our staff is our primary concern. Please take necessary precautions to protect yourself when traveling and if you meet any of the criteria for potential risk of carrying COVID-19, please contact us immediately. If you are 60 or older, or if you have a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, please consult your physician for recommendations about joining our outdoor adventures. To provide for some additional flexibility during these uncertain times, we may be able to allow you, under certain criteria, to transfer your trip payments to a future departure. 

All things considered, we’re still looking forward to our 2020 season. We believe being out on the river or in the backcountry away from the crowds represents a welcome refuge from the hectic nature of our day-to-day lives, and our team of professional guides and staff look forward to helping you have an amazing outdoor experience.  It’s what we live for and it’s also our livelihood.

Thank you,
Sheri Griffith Expeditions Staff



CovID19 and Rafting

by Kristl 2. March 2020 13:44
As we all prepare for the inevitable spread of CoVid19, we are doing our part to prepare to keep our guests as healthy as possible while on the river.

We will be using established practices in handwashing and sanitation that have proven to be the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease.  We have handwash stations set up on every rafting trip (2 stations on multi-day trips), and use the proper amounts of sanitizing agents in our wash bins.

We are also working with the local medical providers to update our protocals for dealing with illness while in the backcountry. 

If you have questions about any of our safety practices, we encourage you to call our office at 800-332-2439.


Spring! (Almost!)

by Kristl 18. February 2020 08:19
It is almost springlike in Moab right now!  The air temps have been in the upper 40s and low 50s for the last few days, and we are LOVING it! 

We are doing some spring cleaning: dusting off shelves, cleaning out the old and getting ready for the new season that is almost upon us!

We are excited for a great rafting season this year! The snowpack looks good for some exciting whitewater in Cataract Canyon, and we have new permits for our Dinosaur National Monuments trips!

We look forward to seeing old friends and to meeting new ones this year. 

See you on the river!


John Wesley Powell

by Kristl 17. July 2019 08:03
150 years ago, Major John Wesley Powell set out on a grand adventure that was full of excitement, heartache and wonder as he traversed the Green and Grand (Colorado) Rivers.

This fall we are offering a special Extended Journey that will trace his route from the Gates of Lodore on the Green River through Desolation Canyon, Labyrinth Canyon, Stillwater Canyon and Cataract Canyon, ending at Lake Powell.  This trip will offer 21 days of rafting with some special stops along the way to explore and learn about Major Powell's epic journey.

If you don't have time for a full 21 day trip, but you would like to join this special adventure, there are options to join each stretch individually:

Gates of Lodore            4 Days/3 Nights       August 28-31
Desolation Canyon        6 Days/5 Nights       September 1-6
Labyrinth Canyon          5 Days/4 Nights       September 7-11
Stillwater/Cataract Canyon    7 Days/6 Nights  September 11-17

Call us for more information!


Campfire Moments

by Kristl 15. April 2019 13:49

I Find that the best evenings I have with my family are the ones where we gather around our fire pit and just talk and play outside-No TV no work, just quiet (OK, with my family, not so quiet) time around a campfire.  Those nights allow me to really connect with my kids, which is even more important as they are growing up on me!  My oldest will be 21 this year!  I wish that I could turn back time, just a little, and take time for more campfire moments.
Sadly, I can't move time any easier than I can get my kids to stop growing up, so I will just have to take more time to make more campfire moments with my family.

Something I can do, though, is help others experience their own campfire moments by making it a little easier to get to that campfire (not everyone has a firepit in their front yard).  Most of our rafting trips include the campfire, and even if we are on fireban, we still have time to visit and play on beautiful beaches surrounded by the peaceful sounds of nature's orchestra. 

Right now we are offering a great deal on our Green River Family Trips in Desolation Canyon and in the Gates of Lodore: We have extended our youth rates to children up to age 21, and we are offering a special group discount that will give 1 free youth for every 4 guests on a reservation (yep, buy 3, get 1 free!).  To get this special group discount, you can use the promo code TurnBack19 on our website or just ask for the TurnBack discount when you reserve by phone.


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Employment Options

by Kristl 22. January 2019 09:05
Do you LOVE rafting???

Are you interested in working as a rafting guide during the 2019 rafting season?

Check out our Employment Options page for more information and to download our application.  Brenda will be back in the office soon, and will start accepting Guide Applications on February 1, 2019.

You can also download the application using this link.



by Kristl 22. October 2018 13:23
The cold weather is coming, and though some of  us here at Sheri Griffith Expeditions are ready for some snow, I most definitely AM NOT!  I am that person who wears my sandals all year if I can get away with it!  I know, we need the snow, and the land needs the water, and diversity in weather can be beautiful. All are true, but as soon as it cools off around here, I start wishing for warmer weather! 

One good thing about the seasonal slow-down around here is that I get a little more time to take my family on adventures! Last weekend was the first clear and warm weekend of October, so I gathered (almost) all my kiddos (we had 4 out of 5), and a friend for my youngest, and we went exploring in our back-yard. As we were getting ready to go, my daughter, who was in the shower getting ready to go to work that night, was yelling at us that we better not leave with-out her.  She is almost 19 now, and on her way to adulting, so the chances to take her with us on our adventures are fewer and fewer.  Of course, we waited, and she hurried. 

We loaded up in my dad's old pick-up and headed for the hills, in search of peanut rocks.  The funny thing is, we didn't even gather any peanut rocks! We just hiked and played and had fun in one of our favorite little canyons.  We saw plenty of peanut rocks, we just didn't end up gathering any this time around. (If you want to know what a peanut rock is, email me and I'll send a picture!)

We had an adventure. A little one, but a fun one.

Because Adventures must be had.