New Year – New Map! Your Grand Canyon Rafting Trip Has Gone Digital

Ever wonder exactly what kind of adventures the Colorado River has to offer? While we can’t do justice to the experience of actually being there, Hatch is working to give you a better idea just what could be in store for you on your next trip through the Grand Canyon.

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Introducing our BRAND NEW Interactive Map!

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Our interactive map highlights some of the most interesting stops on the 188 miles of river between Lees Ferry and Whitmore Wash. View photos of each stop and learn about its historical significance, the science behind the experience, or just what our guests love best about it.
How to use our interactive map:

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Hover over a pin on the map for a pop-up summary, then click on the pin for more photos and info
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Hatch River Expeditions: A Year in Review

It’s been an eventful year for all of us here at Hatch! Even after 81 years in business, we’re still changing and improving to make sure your river experience is the best it can be. And, we’ve learned you never get too old to be surprised.

Here are some of the changes Hatch made in 2015:

Staff Shuffle
We gained two new office staff members (Jessica and Melissa) during 2015 and said goodbye to one who had been with us for many years. Rest assured, though, that when you call the office, you’ll be greeted by a friendly, well-informed member of Hatch—and if we don’t know the answer to one of your questions, we’ll find it for you!

Even More Environmental Focus
Hatch always strives to be a leader in efficiency. We want to protect the Grand Canyon and the rest of the great outdoors for many more generations to experience. Here [...]

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    Hatch Has a Bright New Work Space That’s Good for the Environment

Hatch Has a Bright New Work Space That’s Good for the Environment

Hatch River Expeditions is always looking for ways we can make our operations better and more efficient. From researching more efficient motors to recycling to using recycled ink cartridges and paper, we do what we can to ensure we’re using fewer natural resources.

One change we made in 2015 was a lighting overhaul at the Hatch warehouse. Our Marble Canyon warehouse used to be lit throughout with florescent bulbs. During this year’s off season, though, we upgraded to LEDs at a cost of about $12,000 to the company.

This overhaul of lighting will make sure that we save energy and become another item on the list of ways we’re doing what we can to be good environmental stewards.

Among the advantages of our new LEDs lights are:

No Mercury!
Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury and therefore have to be disposed of carefully when they burn out. LEDs, though, are environmentally friendly and do [...]

Hatch River Expeditions Wishes You a Great Holiday!

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    Winter Work at the Hatch River Expeditions Warehouse in Marble Canyon

Winter Work at the Hatch River Expeditions Warehouse in Marble Canyon

A while ago, we told you about how Hatch River Expeditions changes when our river season ends in September. Most of our guides leave Marble Canyon for other professional opportunities. But, every year a few of them stick around to do what we call “Winter Work.”

Wondering what exactly that looks like? We thought we’d give you an idea.

Among the cleaning and maintenance tasks Hatch winter workers undertake is the stripping and repainting of our boats so they look fresh and clean for the new season. (This is after all of the repairs to the rubber and any other maintenance has been completed.)

Boats are painted in the trademark Hatch colors—black, white (in this case light grey), and orange. “Hatch” is painted in bold letters on the front and sides, and each boat is given a number. The numbers help us tell the boats apart so that if one needs [...]

Top Tips for Whitewater Rafting with the Whole Family

Alright, alright, I know what you are thinking. A week or more in nature without technology and the conveniences of the modern world can sound like a daunting task for a family, but I’m here to tell you that embarking on a whitewater rafting trip with your kids can be one of the best experiences they ever have. The fun will come naturally, but sometimes it can take a little bit of planning to ensure everyone stays happy the whole trip through.
When planning your family’s Colorado River trip with Hatch River Expeditions proper preparation is the key to a fun and hassle-free experience. Here are a few of our favorite tips for your family to prepare for the best summer vacation possible.

Keep Them Comfortable
The #1 way to keep anyone happy, including kids, in the outdoors is to pack properly. Before your trip you will be provided [...]

Riffles and Rapids: Know Before You Go

While exploring the Grand Canyon on your next Colorado River trip, you will experience the blood pumping excitement of world famous rapids like Soap Creek, Crystal, and Lava Falls. Rapid is a term you will hear over and over on your trip, but you will also hear a lesser known term referring to a different type of whitewater – a riffle.

What is the difference between a riffle and a rapid? Let’s explore some of the basic differences so you can be in the know before your next Grand Canyon excursion.

First of all, whitewater sections on the Colorado River are rated differently than elsewhere. They are assigned a difficulty level on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most challenging. In the 188 river miles from Lee’s Ferry to Whitmore Wash you will encounter rapids that tip the scale on both ends, with ratings as low as 2 [...]

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    What the America Outdoors Association Does for Outfitters Like Hatch River Expeditions

What the America Outdoors Association Does for Outfitters Like Hatch River Expeditions

If you tried to call or email the Hatch River Expeditions office last week, you probably couldn’t get through. That’s because our entire office staff was in Salt Lake City attending the America Outdoors Association’s Annual Marketing and Management Conference.

American Outdoors Association (AOA) is a non-profit trade association that helps to represent more than 550 outdoor-focused companies. 2015 marked this organization’s 27th conference which gives companies like Hatch the resources they need to operate to the best of their abilities.


Here’s the lowdown on what we did there:


With more registrants than ever before, this year’s AOA conference was the perfect opportunity for our staff to make contact with others in the outdoor recreation industry. Companies from large and small river rafting outfitters to ziplining providers to those offering guided horse tours gathered to share ideas and inspiration about how to make their businesses better. We Hatch office staffers got [...]

Why Colorado River Rafting is the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Ask the average person what “romantic getaway” means to them, and they’ll likely tell you the usual things, like dinner and wine at sunset, a long walk on the beach, or swimming under a clear blue waterfall.

But what if you’re looking for something more? Something that has all the classic components, the beaches, long walks, dinner and wine, and waterfalls, but also offers so much more. Add in some adrenaline pumping rapids, and a Colorado River rafting trip through Grand Canyon can be the perfect way to rediscover, recharge, and rejuvenate your love for one another.

Here at Hatch River Expeditions we’ve seen it all. Every year we have couples of all ages celebrating the beauty of their love by taking on the majesty of the great outdoors. We’ve seen wedding anniversaries – all the way from the 1st to the 50th and beyond – we’ve seen awe inspiring [...]

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    4 Affordable Gifts for Someone Who Loves Colorado River Rafting

4 Affordable Gifts for Someone Who Loves Colorado River Rafting

December is upon us, and we’re all thinking about what to get for our loved ones this year. A Colorado River rafting trip, is, of course, the ultimate gift, but might be a little out of some of your budgets this year. If that’s the case, here are some ideas from Hatch to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones.


River Gear – Maybe your friend or loved one has a rain coat that’s looking a little shabby or they’ve been talking about replacing those old hiking sandals for months. Now is the perfect time to help them update their worn out gear or make sure they have all the staples.

Check out your trip’s sample itinerary on our website for a list of gear you’ll need on your trip. (Motorized / Oar Powered). AND don’t forget to watch our video packing guide for more rafting trip [...]