Why Hatch?

Why choose Hatch River Expeditions for Your Grand Canyon Adventure?

John Running

Personal Service

White water rafting is all we do, there is no other business. That means our focus is on you and ensuring that you have one of the most adventurous and amazing vacations of your lifetime in Grand Canyon. Hatch River Expeditions became the first commercial rafting operation in North America in 1929. Through three generations of Hatch family members we have continued that tradition and enhanced the experience. Did you know that guests used to provide their own sleeping gear and sleep directly on the sand? Through years of continual improvements and refining our adventure vacation expertise with the help of guest and guide input, we have tailored the ultimate wilderness vacation to our clients needs – sleeping gear included!

Hatch River Expeditions brings over 80 years of experience rafting the Grand Canyon. The rafts have changed, the guides have come and gone but Hatch’s commitment to excellence and premier customer service in the Canyon have endured and excelled. That’s why so many of our guests are return customers.

Vacation of a Lifetime

In his interview for the GCRG Oral History Project, Ted Hatch puts it best when he says, “Best part: Every day you get a reward. Someone comes in and says, “Hey, we took your trip twenty years ago. Is it still as much fun as it always is?” We say, “Yeah, come on, let’s go”. That’s the best part: running the river and still being down there. That’s worth a fortune to anyone that owns a company or loves the Canyon like we do”.

History aside, though it has led to our continued success, we do offer the most personalized service we all would expect when planning a vacation. We are a small family run company that believes in treating people right. From your first contact with our office staff, to finding a date and a trip that is perfect for you, to organizing your travel logistics, food specifics, and questions about “what to wear” – we are there. From running white water rapids, hiking, kayaking, playing in side streams, and making friends to last a lifetime, to saying goodbye to your guides at the end of the trip, we are committed to doing everything possible to make your time with us completely pleasurable and memorable.

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Ray & Joni Pope

Quality Service

With over eighty years working in the Grand Canyon we know how to do it right. We strive to give you the best value for your vacation dollar without cutting any corners anywhere. Our office staff will walk you through the reservations process and assist with the planning and packing process. Once on the river, let our guides take care of the details and provide you with an unforgettable adventure.

Every Grand Canyon expedition we put on the river has the same excellent quality guests have come to expect from Hatch River Expeditions over eighty years of service. Our best proof is your repeat business.

Over half of our bookings annually come from guests who have travelled with Hatch previously – and that’s a compliment. Two of our groups have been choosing Hatch for over 50 years in a row!

John Running

Experienced Guides

No other company can compete with our safety record in the Canyon; it is the best in the industry. The Hatch family has three generations of river operations experience. Between owners and guides we have the highest collective years of experience among all other Grand Canyon white water rafting companies.

We hire the best Grand Canyon rafting tour guides on the Colorado River. The guides' passion toward and stewardship of Grand Canyon can be contagious. Their knowledge of the Grand Canyon ranges from river navigation to geology of the Canyon and even contemporary and Native American history of the region. Hatch boatmen and swampers are certified Wilderness First Responders, CPR certified and have Food Managers training on top of our own rigorous training programs.


Solid Reputation

For decades, we have served return clients and have the pleasure of welcoming new clients every year. Read our client Arizona Raft Adventures testimonials to see what people are saying about their experience. Check us out in All About Rivers – the first online river guidebook in the world.