Keep Skin Happy and Healthy When Rafting the Grand Canyon

Fully enjoying rafting the Grand Canyon requires guests to take care of their outsides and their insides. Staying hydrated while white water rafting in the Grand Canyon was previously discussed. Now let’s discuss how to take care of the outsides – especially the skin! Guests find that enjoying the pleasures and intricacies of the Canyon can be enhanced by taking proper measures to ensure bodily comfort. Sunscreen tops the list as the ultimate toiletry and mechanism for maintaining healthy and unburned skin.

When looking for a great sunscreen, make sure that:

It is SPF 30 or above
It is broad spectrum – This means is helps block both UVA and UVB rays
It is water resistant – It is no fun having a splash or sweat drip sunscreen in eyes or mouth

Sunscreen comes in a variety of forms so guests should pick what is best for their needs. Sprays seem [...]

July 30th, 2014|0 Comments|

Interacting with Other Grand Canyon Raft Trips

Often Hatch guests will encounter other Grand Canyon Raft Trips while traveling down the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon provides and amazing opportunity for guests to experience nature up close and personal and is truly a resource to be shared with others. With that in mind Hatch boatmen and women can frequently be found working together with other trips to ensure everyone has a great experience. From sharing ice with those trips in for the long haul to flipping overturned private rafts Hatch boatmen find that working together betters everyone’s experience in the canyon. See the quote below for one private boaters experience with a Hatch crew on the river.

“One of the best parts of our Grand Canyon trip was the pleasure of meeting many of the Hatch crew along the way! I am writing a letter to explain all that your crew did for our private group [...]

July 28th, 2014|0 Comments|

Wonderful Words from Guests of Grand Canyon Outfitters

As the rafting season moves along so come the wonderful reviews from guests traveling with Grand Canyon outfitters. Hatch River Expeditions guests travel the world to experience Grand Canyon and the Hatch crew does all they can to ensure a fantastic vacation for everyone. Grand Canyon is meant to be shared. See what some recent Hatch guests have said about their experiences.


“I just wanted to write to let everyone at Hatch know how much we enjoyed our vacation with Rachel, Dom, and Sean. 

Living in an eastern city, we don’t get to see anything like that around home. And without the people like those at Hatch, no one would ever get the opportunity to enjoy the river and see Canyon from that perspective.  

I imagine that, like everyone else in the world, your staff probably often think of their work as a “job”. But, their willingness to share [...]

July 25th, 2014|1 Comment|
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    Avoid Dehydration While White Water Rafting in the Grand Canyon

Avoid Dehydration While White Water Rafting in the Grand Canyon

The most common ailment Hatch guests have while are on the river tend to be the symptoms of dehydration. Dehydration simply means that the body loses more water than is taken in. The desert landscape of Grand Canyon provides the right conditions for this to occur between the hot and dry weather. Know the symptoms and what to do should do to prevent it while white water rafting in the Grand Canyon.

Symptoms can include thirst, dry mouth, unusual tiredness, decreased urine output, headache and even dizziness. The trick is to avoid getting to the point where symptoms are noticeable. Hatch provides guests with mugs on the first day of the expedition. These are not only for coffee but also to promote drinking fluids while on the raft. Filtered water and either Gatorade or lemonade will always be available on the raft and at camp so take advantage. Guides [...]

July 23rd, 2014|2 Comments|
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    What is a Swamper on Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trips?

What is a Swamper on Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trips?

On Grand Canyon white water rafting trips there will be two types of crew members – the boatmen and the swamper. The entire crew works incredibly hard to provide guests with the most magnificent vacation possible. The duties of the swamper encompass everything from tour guide to assistant to head chef. They assist the boatmen with whatever needs that come about.

The term swamper refers to an assistant or helper who helps the leader carry out jobs tasks. It seems to have come about in the 1800’s for the guys clearing roads for a tree feller in a swamp – fun! It is easy to see why early swampers on river rafting expeditions received this name due to the fact that their main duty was to bail out water from the rafts through the rapids. In recent years there have been some suggestions for a name change to something [...]

July 21st, 2014|1 Comment|

What to Wear on a Typical Day River Rafting Grand Canyon

This question comes about quite often here in the Hatch offices and not surprisingly. For many guests this expedition will not only be their first white water trip but also their first extended camping experience. Proper attire will contribute to comfort throughout the trip. Remember that weather plays an important part on decision making while river rafting Grand Canyon.

Attire needs vary based on the weather currently in the canyon. A bit of advice from the office staff would be to dress in layers on the first day and make sure that the rain gear is handy. Perhaps have underwear or swimsuit as the base layer and then lightweight pants and t-shirt on top of that. For those with fair skin try a long sleeve quick dry shirt over top. This can also be great to dunk in the river and keep you cool through evaporative cooling. By dressing [...]

July 18th, 2014|1 Comment|
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    Might We See the Little Colorado River on a Colorado River Rafting Trip?

Might We See the Little Colorado River on a Colorado River Rafting Trip?

A common and extremely popular side hike on any Full and Upper Colorado River rafting trip is the Little Colorado River. Famous for the beautiful turquoise waters and the magnificent confluence with the main Colorado River it can be a highlight for any river trip.


Did you know that the Little Colorado River’s headwaters actually begin in the forests of the White Mountains in northeastern Arizona? This river is a prime destination for anglers, as a matter of fact, due to its clear and perennial flow. After descending from the elevations near Mt. Baldy and the town of Greer, The Little Colorado River swoops down through grass lands and the Painted Desert and finally into Grand Canyon where you might catch a glimpse or get to splash around.

The beautiful Little Colorado River near the confluence gets its turquoise color from the minerals dissolved in the water. The minerals, mostly [...]

July 16th, 2014|1 Comment|

Why Bring a Sarong when River Rafting Grand Canyon?

When skimming over the packing lists provided when a trip is booked, guests often seek explanations for certain items that are recommended. River rafting Grand Canyon offers a unique opportunity to delve into the backwoods of Grand Canyon and being prepared is important. Highlighted below are explanations as to why certain items on the packing list are there and what the items are used for.

Sarong – The all-purpose packing list item! Great for men and ladies alike. This multi-use item can be used for anything from a fancy dinner outfit to a beach blanket to a towel or even a privacy screen when needed. Guests even use them as an extra sheet when sleeping under the stars.

GOOD Lotion and Hand Salve – The most important toiletry item in Grand Canyon. The sun, sand and water of the Colorado River can be unkind to guest’s sensitive skin not accustomed [...]

July 14th, 2014|1 Comment|

Hatch River Expeditions Trivia on the Dusty Dozen

The legacy of Bus Hatch is exceedingly important to Hatch River Expeditions. Did you know that Bus is current owner Steve Hatch’s grandfather? This remarkable builder turned adventurer helped shape the face of river running as we know it. Below are some trivia questions regarding the Dusty Dozen’s first trip through Grand Canyon to test our guest’s knowledge of their outfitter that has been in business for 80 years this year.

How many years after John Wesley Powell’s infamous expedition did the “Dusty Dozen” run the Colorado River?

65 years. John Wesley Powell’s first expedition launched in May of 1869 from Green River, Wyoming and travelled all the way through Grand Canyon. Bus Hatch and the Dusty Dozen launched from Lees Ferry in July of 1934 with only one member of the party having been through the Canyon before – Clyde Eddy.

When Bus Hatch and the “Dusty Dozen” launched on [...]

July 11th, 2014|1 Comment|

Reviews from Grand Canyon Expeditions

Hatch River Expeditions guests love to share kind words about their Grand Canyon Expeditions. From tales of adventures to appreciation of guides and reservations staff alike, travelers to the Canyon share the most wonderful thoughts after their expeditions.

“All 3 guides…were amazing and really helped make this one of the most memorable trips ever. I can’t believe the amount of work they put in- mind boggling!Every single detail was well planned and executed. We had an amazing experience on the river, on all of the hikes, and at all of the camps at night. I’ll never forget this trip!” ~Melinda S. of California, June 12 Motorized

“Your guides for this trip were OUTSTANDING! We had a great time with them and it sure seems they enjoyed our group. They were extremely knowledgeable, patient, thorough, caring, and we could always depend on them for anything this group needed or wanted – [...]

July 9th, 2014|1 Comment|