What to Do in the Off Season for River Rafting Grand Canyon

Though winter seems like a slow time for anyone river rafting Grand Canyon that is not always the case. The off season can provide the perfect time for planning for next season. Here in the office, 2015 bookings are in full swing and showing no signs of slowing down. For guests booked for next year, below are a few tips to help get through the wait before getting back on the river next year.

Clean – Definitely the most uninteresting on this list. Cleaning can be a great way to organize while also reflecting on memories of trips past.

Shop – Winter can be the perfect time to load up on river essentials. Sales come about often during the slow season so keep those eyes peeled for important river gear. For questions, please find the appropriate river rafting packing list. Remember that sales dwindle as summer approaches so planning ahead [...]

November 21st, 2014|0 Comments|
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Fantastic Reviews about Fantastic Grand Canyon Rafting Tours Guides

Goodness knows that everyone loves a bit of positive reinforcement. And our Grand Canyon rafting tours guides are no exception in that department. What a wonderful feeling when guests and guides create a bond while traveling along the Colorado River. Below are some fantastic reviews from guests on our September 11 Motorized trip. These guests truly make this job special as we love sharing the Canyon with others and we say thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us.

“Every question was answered promptly. Friendly and helpful staff. Love Tanner and Amanda! They took great care of us, all our dietary needs, made sure we had fun! We spoke with Jeremiah at the warehouse and he was also warm and friendly. Everyone we meet was wonderful.We had a fabulous time! Our guides Tanner and Amanda went over and above to meet our needs and make sure we had [...]

November 19th, 2014|1 Comment|
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    Were People on the First Grand Canyon Adventures Surprised by the Big Ditch?

Were People on the First Grand Canyon Adventures Surprised by the Big Ditch?

Ever wondered if people in the first Grand Canyon adventures were just walking along and were suddenly startled by the fact that a gigantic canyon arose before them? The Arizona landscape varies dramatically from grassy prairies to desert environments to forested mountains and even steep cliffs. Though to a geologist or other expert it may seem obvious and likely that a Canyon lies ahead due to geographical changes or other indicators, the average nomadic tribe or European explorer may not have seen it coming. While visiting the Grand Canyon at the South Rim many will notice the sudden and abrupt drop off. Ever wondered if someone didn’t notice the big ditch and just drove their wagon right over the edge? Though there have surely been accidents along those cliffs, it seems that many of the first visitors may not have been as awed and impressed as modern visitors.

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November 17th, 2014|0 Comments|

Orientation for a Colorado River Rafting Trip

A Colorado River rafting trip (Full and Upper Canyon) begins with guests meeting a Hatch employee in front of the restaurant at Cliff Dwellers Lodge. Orientation begins promptly at 8:30 AM. Guests usually gather around the “island” parking area where Hatch vans pull up to begin the orientation.

Well before the orientation, guests interested in Hatch gear can head over to the warehouse (anyone can show you the way) where the store is located upstairs. The store is open from 8:00 AM to around 8:20. This leaves enough time to get back for the orientation.

Sometime before orientation begins, make sure to mosey on over to the Cliff Dwellers store if you filled out a beverage order form. Cliff Dweller Lodge processes these drink orders directly and has them waiting outside the shop. Guest find their order, check to make sure it is correct, and then head on over to [...]

November 12th, 2014|0 Comments|

Over Packing for a Grand Canyon Raft Trip

Knowing my condition for habitually over packing, before my Grand Canyon raft trip last year, I pledged not to go overboard. I decided that tackling this task first and foremost required organization. The first thing that I did was review Hatch’s packing list and purchase what was lacking.

TIP: Active wear can be expensive. Start early and shop around. You don’t necessarily have to raid REI. Check out places like Ross or Marshalls for a better deal.

The next step was to lay everything out and scope out what was really needed. Turns out that four pairs of shoes and 3 different hats might not have really been that necessary – so my piles were whittled down to the (in my mind) bare minimum.

Even so, it turns out that I might have overdone it on the toiletries. At first the toiletries contained: Sunscreen x3, Face Sunscreen, Body Lotion, Face Lotion, [...]

November 10th, 2014|0 Comments|

Friday Fun Facts About Grand Canyon Expeditions

History surrounding Grand Canyon expeditions shows some fascinating characters and surprising facts. When compared to the Canyon’s history overall, it’s probably safe to say that river running is in its infancy. Why do stories in Grand Canyon become so fascinating? Check out a few interesting facts to brighten up any Friday with some fun trivia.

The Colorado River flows through multiple states including Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. In fact in terms of water it is divided into the Upper and Lower Colorado River basin.
The last river trip navigating Glen Canyon all the way down to Lees Ferry was in 1957. According to the US Bureau of Reclamation the sign approaching Kane Creek during this time read “Attention. You are approaching Glen Canyon Dam Site. All boats must leave river at Kane Creek Landing one mile ahead on right. Absolutely no boats allowed in construction zone. Violators [...]

November 7th, 2014|1 Comment|

What Do People Search for to Find Hatch River Expeditions?

What are guests looking for when they find Hatch River Expeditions? It’s a question often wondered and with new technology, finding out how guests find the website is relatively easy. Upon scrolling through some of these interesting keywords, I stumbled upon some pretty interesting and funny searches on the way and though I would answer some of the questions.

2 day grand canyon rafting – Doesn’t exist. For those looking for one day trips check out Colorado River Discovery but note that this is a smooth water float in Glen Canyon. Hatch’s shortest trip is either the 4 Day Upper or Lower Motorized Expedition.
Cliff dwellers honeymoon hike – Really more a question about Marble Canyon than anything that will actually be seen in Grand Canyon. Though Lees Ferry was a part of this memorable time period where honeymooners traveled through Arizona to Lees Ferry and would cross the [...]

November 5th, 2014|1 Comment|
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    Reviews from Guests Making Grand Canyon Rafting Reservations

Reviews from Guests Making Grand Canyon Rafting Reservations

After completing Grand Canyon rafting reservations, guests are given the opportunity to evaluate Hatch and the guest surveys come right on in to our office staff. The employees read each thoroughly to ascertain how each trip went. Even the big boss, Steve, reads each and every survey to ensure that Hatch maintains top notch service. See what some guests are saying below:

“I thought the DVD was a great idea. It let me know generally what to expect. The guides were amazing. They are very talented and very capable. It was great to have such experience on the trip.” ~Marge S September 15 Motorized


“Reservations were very easy; the staff were very helpful during the process. We were lucky enough to get in the same year we called to reserve. We called in February and reserved our trip for September.

We called with a list of questions prior to our trip [...]

November 3rd, 2014|1 Comment|
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    Happy Halloween! By the Way, Grand Canyon Outfitters Kind of Love Bats!

Happy Halloween! By the Way, Grand Canyon Outfitters Kind of Love Bats!

Let’s start off boldly on this Halloween. Bats are not scary and most definitely not vampires. Bats are absolutely amazing animals and nothing like the villains they are portrayed as in movies. The different types of these incredible mammals (yes mammals and no not flying rodents) account for almost 25% of the mammal population here on earth. And lucky for us Arizona is home to 28 species.

Grand Canyon outfitters are lucky because there are about 20 documented types of bats in the Canyon alone. There are 5 types of bats more common than the others. The most common is the Western pipistrelle bat. Bats can be observed best at either dawn or dusk when they are feeding. Most bats living in this area are insectivorous, meaning that they eat bugs like mosquitos, gnats and even scorpions. This helps keep the insect population under control and helps maintain a [...]

October 31st, 2014|1 Comment|
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    Permalink www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm Where is it? Grand Canyon is in the northwest corner of Arizona, close to the borders of Utah and Nevada. The Colorado River, which flows through the canyon, drains water from seven states, but the feature we know as Grand Canyon is entirely in Arizona. GPS Coordinates North Rim Visitor Center 36°11’51”N 112°03’09”W South Rim Visitor Center 36°03’32”N 112°06’33”W Desert View Watchtower 36° 2’ 38” N 111° 49’ 33”W Do you know when Grand Canyon National Park was declared a World Heritage Site? Do you know how many World Heritage Sites there are in the United States? In the world? This year marks the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.... What makes the convention significant is that it links together the concepts of nature conservation and the preservation of cultural properties. It recognizes the way in which people interact with nature and the fundamental need to preserve the balance between the two. The World Heritage List is comprised of both Natural and Cultural sites. To be placed on the list a site must show outstanding universal value. There are currently 936 World Heritage Sites worldwide. They include 725 cultural sites, 183 natural sites and 28 mixed sites. Grand Canyon National Park was declared a World Heritage Site on 24 October 1979 and is one of 21 sites in the United States. For a complete list of sites in the United States, and worldwide, visit http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/">Photo Courtesy of the NPSGallery

    Colorado River Raft Trips and the NPS

Colorado River Raft Trips and the NPS

Hatch is a concessionaire for Colorado River raft trips within Grand Canyon National Park. As such, Hatch maintains a great relationship with the NPS based on mutual respect and conversation. Of course they regulate much to do with operations on the water but the Park also does so much more relating to so many different operations and activities. Grand Canyon National Park is 1,217,403 acres in size and split between multiple sites including the South Rim, North Rim, Phantom Ranch, River and back country. Whew that’s a lot to cover!

In 2013, Grand Canyon was the second most visited national park in the United States with around 4,500,000 visitors. Imagine managing the visitor experience for this tremendous amount of guests. Similar to the mission here at Hatch, the National Park Service works to provide guests traveling to these amazing locations with the best possible experience while also maintaining the [...]

October 29th, 2014|1 Comment|