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The Grand Canyon group tour whitewater season is about to go out with a bang! Hatch River Expedition’s last put-in date is September 21st!

WOW! Can you Believe the Grand Canyon White Water Rafting Season 2012 is OVER?! was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by admin

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"My family and I had an amazing journey. For "non-campers", this was a learning process, a bit of a struggle, awe inspiring, and deeply moving. The crew was absolutely terrific. I was so impressed with their professionalism and with their hearts. They care, and that makes it better for all involved."

Jeff M. Texas. May 2011

Awesome Camping in the Grand Canyon was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Read More

ust upstream of the Colorado River and Little Colorado River confluence sits a vacant cabin built in 1880 by Benjamin Beamer. The stone cabin is built on a midden of up to almost 5.5 feet and dates back to AD 600.

Beamer was one of the many miners seeking fortune in the Grand Canyon. He lived in the cabin for 12 years.

The cabin is an unlikely stop for white w Read More

Grand Canyon River Guide

If you bring, but one book on your Grand Canyon white water rafting trip, let it be Belknap’s Waterproof Grand Canyon River Gu Read More

Really, you can be anywhere and be a birder. The most prolific bird, seen multiple times each day on my trip down the Colorado River, was the Great Blue Heron.

Lifted from the National Park Service web page for birds of the Grand Canyon:

The lush vegetation and diversity of plant species along the riparian zone create many bird habitats in a relatively small area. Of the 373 bird species recorded Read More

"We were so impressed with the quality of guides. Kelly, Rico, Brian, Sean, Lena and Dom who showed ultimate skill, patience, encouragement, friendliness, knowledge, and love of the Canyon. They emphasized safety first, and then treated us to unending fun and excitement on the rapids, as well as beauty and serenity of the river and campsites. We treasured every minute, including the shore excursions and hikes into those remote and extraordinary settings. I also want to compliment your meal planner, Michelle, as well as the guides’ outdoor co Read More

If you’re on an upper or lower river trip – both motorized and oar-powered – you’ll be hiking in/out the Bright Angel trail. You and your river mates will hike as a group and will be escorted by a guide.

Even if you’re not slated to hike the Bright Angel trail, you’ll have daily opportunities to hike the side canyons within the Grand Canyon.

Summer 2011 guest, Kari Ahern, let us use some of her hiking photos.


So far, we’ve covered the obvious Bucket List: whitewater raft the Grand Canyon and the Read More

This is why we’re here: We love the Grand Canyon. We love the Colorado River. We love our jobs and most of all, we love sharing all of this with you.

A whitewater rafting trip with Hatch River Expeditions isn’t just about crossing something off your bucket list. It’s about the gourmet river food; our amazing-hard-working-fun guides; breath-taking hikes up winding ravines; really cold white water; standing in waterfalls; photographing Grand Canyon wild flowers, wild life and the wild faces of your new friends; knowing what the canyon is Read More

January 1st, 2011Can't Drink the Water

What exactly do you drink on a whitewater river trip?

For all Hatch River Expeditions Grand Canyon trips, purified water and lemonade/Gatorade are available at all times on the boat and in camp. Coffee, tea and juices are served at breakfast.

If you would like to have any other beverages such as beer, wine or soda, you must supply them on your own. We recommend using the Beverage Order Form in your trip packet. Optionally, you can buy drinks when you arrive in Marble Canyon (there are several gas stations along the way and in Read More