A Grand Canyon Raft Trip Makes You A…

For guests taking a Grand Canyon raft trip, it’s good to know in advance that it might cause changes. From typical businessman, stay at home mom, kid looking to find their path or golf loving retiree, there may be the possibility that a river trip might make you into something else. Below Hatch has come up with a list of 5 other “professions” that bring out in the average guest. And this list doesn’t come lightly. Post trip surveys have been scoured to find some of the comments guests have made. These are just a few of the significant influences triggered by taking a river trip.

Tourist. Easy to do considering the view. Grand Canyon is the second most visited National Park. About 4.8 million guests admired those colorful cliffs and canyons in 2015. And to think that less than 1% of those people get to see it from [...]

May 25th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Ted Hatch Continues His Interview about the History of Hatch River Expeditions

Ted Hatch Continues His Interview about the History of Hatch River Expeditions

This Flashback Friday, Ted continues his story about the history of Hatch River Expeditions in Grand Canyon and elsewhere in the West. Read some of the interview between Elizabeth Sowards and Ted Hatch from June 20, 1984.

E. Sowards: I was reading in this John Wesley Powell Book, and it’s quite interesting.

Ted: Oh, yeah.

E. Sowards: Someone had done some art work in it. See the three arches there.

Ted: Yes. The triple alcoves.

E. Sowards: And it has these pictures.

Ted: Oh, the pottery. Oh, that great. Those pots are really neat, and they date the culture….two to three thousand years old. Now I have found a lot of pottery chips of this type.

E. Sowards: That’s quite a pretty design. Up on one…..we stopped up on that one little knoll and saw that one house. I can’t remember the name of that. It was a wider spot in the river, and we [...]

May 22nd, 2015|0 Comments|
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    Reviews about Our Grand Canyon Rafting Tours Guides Keep on Coming

Reviews about Our Grand Canyon Rafting Tours Guides Keep on Coming

A new wave of client testimonials has flooded into the Hatch office and with it some kind observations about guest experiences on the river. Alas, the weather has been undeniably chilly which has been a common theme on the reviews. Always remember that April, May and September might be a bit chilly on the river so pack accordingly. Sounds to us, though, like most guests made the most of the cold spell and still enjoyed everything Hatch Grand Canyon rafting tours guides have to offer. See some kind reviews below!

 

“Ray, Dominic and Wes were most helpful in every way, and wonderfully knowledgeable along the way. A great outdoor adventure with great leadership, food and logistics that made all the difference.”

~Mike C, May 11 Motorized

 

“Katy was very helpful and made the whole process easy. [Pre-trip materials were] clear and concise. When we had a question, it was quickly and [...]

May 20th, 2015|1 Comment|
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    Ted Hatch Regales Us with His Grand Canyon Adventures Once Again

Ted Hatch Regales Us with His Grand Canyon Adventures Once Again

A favorite day of the week! Flashback Friday’s growing popularity has inspired Hatch to continue looking into the past to find fantastic stories about Grand Canyon adventures. The telling tales from Ted Hatch continue with this fascinating story from the interview between Ted and Elizabeth Sowards. They talk about the river and discuss practices from a time before the Canyon was regulated and protected. As always take these words with the understanding that adventuring fifty years ago was much different than today. Guests explored and were able to go to places that today are preserved. Learn from their tales and imagine a world where very few people had touched.

Ted: This is a shot looking out of Red Wall Cavern. Do you remember it?

E. Sowards: Uh-huh, the big one.

Ted: The great, big cavern. You go in and people say, “Why don’t you camp in there it’s so nice, but [...]

May 15th, 2015|1 Comment|

Kind Words from Guests After Rafting the Grand Canyon

After every expedition, guests have the opportunity to fill out trip surveys about rafting the Grand Canyon. Praise for guides and compliments for office staff often litter the comments which are greatly appreciated all around. Check out what guests are saying.

 

“Magnolia is always very quick to respond, informative and a pleasure to talk with. She is a great asset to Hatch.

I was fortunate to have JP, Scott and Kelly as guides again this year. Each has their unique strengths and they work well as a team. They are all so patient, knowledgeable and experts in their roles.

This is my third trip with Hatch and you always exceed my expectations.”

~Linda B., 12 Day Hiking Focused April 11

 

“I felt that Magnolia went above and beyond for me. A++ customer service from her.

Such good energy and good people. I feel really blessed to have been able to adventure with their leadership. [...]

May 13th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    7 Questions New Guests Might Have After Making Grand Canyon Rafting Reservations

7 Questions New Guests Might Have After Making Grand Canyon Rafting Reservations

When guests book Grand Canyon rafting reservations, there can be many things swimming through their heads including excitement, exhilaration or anticipation. For the newbie rafters that perhaps haven’t undertaken an adventure such as this, there might be some other thoughts. Here are 7 thoughts that many first time rafters have when looking over the packing list for the first time.

I have to wear rain gear in the desert? Alas, yes. Rain gear tends to be one the more necessary and appreciated items on that packing list. Though the desert provides fantastic summertime weather, the river provides shockingly sweet splashes. Keep cozy with a great pair of rain gear and be prepared in case of a random rain storm. Isn’t it always said that if you are prepared by bringing an umbrella, there won’t be rain? Think of this the same way.
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May 11th, 2015|1 Comment|
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    Flashback Friday with Ted Hatch Including Grand Canyon Expeditions Visiting Stanton’s Cave

Flashback Friday with Ted Hatch Including Grand Canyon Expeditions Visiting Stanton’s Cave

Some amazing history from the mouth of the notorious Ted Hatch can be found in this week’s Flashback Friday. This might be one of the most interesting tidbits about Grand Canyon expeditions from the whole interview between Elizabeth F. Sowards and Ted Hatch from June 20, 1984. Because of the historical sensitivity of some of the below tales, it is important to note that much of what occurred in the early twentieth century would not be looked kindly upon by modern archaeologist and anthropologist. This was a different era with rugged wilderness men exploring relatively uncharted territory. Collection of archaeological relics in this day and age would not only be frowned upon but likely punishable by law. But sharing these oral histories we can contribute much to the river community and pass on lessons learned from another generation.

We continue a bit later in the interview to remove personal [...]

May 8th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    6 Major Players on the Packing List for Any Wilderness River Adventures

6 Major Players on the Packing List for Any Wilderness River Adventures

When booking wilderness river adventures with Hatch River Expeditions, one of the first questions that pops up tends to be, “What are the most important items on the packing list?” Guests want to know for a variety of reason such as the fact that it might pose an additional investment or they just need to plan ahead. Here are 6 of the major players on any packing list that are absolute MUST HAVES. By the way, don’t just bring these 5 items. Follow the detailed packing list and use it as an outline for what should be purchased. Just use this list to hone in on some of the particulars that can really increase enjoyment of any river trip.

Rain Gear – Yes, you need it and yes, you will love it. This point continually comes up as many guests wonder how much it might really be used on [...]

May 4th, 2015|0 Comments|
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    The Interview Continues with Ted Hatch Talking About Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trips

The Interview Continues with Ted Hatch Talking About Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Trips

This week, the “Flashback Friday” continues with the interview between Elizabeth F. Sowards and Ted Hatch. The interview took place on June 20, 1984. What fun to reread the conversation just like Ted was sitting right here with us talking about Grand Canyon white water rafting trips.

 

E. Sowards: Now, let’s see…your mother was Eva?

Ted: Eva Caldwell. She was from some descendants here in Ashley Valley that settled Dry Fork. My dad was from Jeremiah Hatch who helped settle and found the area called Hatchtown which later became Vernal.

E. Sowards: So he was your great-grandfather? Or grandfather?

Ted: Great-grandfather.

E. Sowards: I think Orrin Hatch the Senator, is a descendant of the same man on another line, isn’t he?

Ted: Yes. He is a descendant from the original Hatch family. We are all related, if we go far enough back.

E. Sowards: Well, that’s a great family! Explain to me your pontoon boats, [...]

May 1st, 2015|1 Comment|
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    5 Reasons Hatch Expeditions Thinks Northern Arizona is the Best

5 Reasons Hatch Expeditions Thinks Northern Arizona is the Best

Has it been mentioned how much Hatch Expeditions loves the location in which it is located? From the desert expanses near Marble Canyon to the forested area near Flagstaff, we like our office with a view. Vermillion Cliffs paint the windows near the warehouse and bald eagles rest in trees outside the office. Below are 5 aspects of Northern Arizona that we absolutely love!

The Landscape – A major duhhhh on this one. Considering Grand Canyon lies just miles from home and within a day’s drive lie more than 10 visit worthy destinations, Northern Arizonan’s are truly lucky to be surrounded by such majesty. Geology is to blame for this excess of beautiful landscapes ranging from the Canyon to Sedona to the Mogollon Rim. And we couldn’t be any happier.
The History – Archeological sites litter the landscape in Northern Arizona. People have traversed this land for thousands of [...]

April 29th, 2015|1 Comment|