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First, you’ll need a fishing permit.
Non-resident permits are available at the following locations: Canyon Village Marketplace (tel. 928/638-2262) in Grand Canyon Village; at Marble Canyon Lodge (tel. 800/726-1789 or 928/355-2225), a quarter-mile west of the Navajo Bridge on Highway 89A; at Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop (tel. 800/962-9755 or 928/355-2261); and at Cliff Dwellers Lodge (tel. 800/433-2543 or 928/355-2228), 9 miles west of Navajo Bridge on Highway 89A. Fishing licenses are not available on the North Rim.

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Same trip, different folks:

"After 6 days on that nasty red muddy river, I decided you, Steve Hatch are a genius. You managed to put together and motivate an outstanding group of six river guides. Our nine North Carolina group river runners could not get over saying nothing but great compliments about Dave, JP, Lena, Kelly, Dom and Brian. They were all outstanding individuals, worked together very smoothly, very helpful, fed us well. including B.S. about the place, boated well and kept us safe. Man, what an all star team they were. We Read More

Ever wonder who else will be on your raft? Do you wonder if there will be other kids for your children to play with? What about if you’re single and the rest of the trip is filled with couples and families?

It’s all good!

The rafts are big enough if you want some space or small enough to get to know your new travel buddies.

You’ll make fast friends as you share the excitement of white water rapids, discover new plants and animals along the daily hikes, and chat before dinner.

And, who knows. You may travel the Grand C Read More

January 1st, 2011First Light

Squat on a shaving rock at Zoroaster.
In the gut of the schist gorge,
you cannot see where the sipapu sun
rises to the east this morning

Out of the Little Colorado,
carrying chocolate to the mainstream,
stirs Navajo sandstone and sacred
Hopi salt into the Colorado.

In the minute or so it takes
to extract my razor and cream
from a ziplock TSA hasn’t screened,
a turbine-propelled tide from Page eats
at the blue stripes of my $7.00
Cortez Walmart sneakers.

Down in Phoenix and L.A.?Read More


A Hatch guide in short s Read More

Depending on the date and weather of your take out, you’ll end your trip at one of three locations. Launches after September 15th will hike out at Whitmore Wash and be transported to Bar 10 Ranch for the flight to Las Vegas, South Rim, Marble Canyon or Page.

Diamond Creek is a tributary of the Grand Canyon and converges with the Colorado River at river mile 226. The creek gains its name from a nearby diamond-shaped peak that towers over the river. This unique canyon is the only location within the Grand Canyon National Park that allows Read More

Go There
Anything you have read about the Grand Canyon is a lie
Language falters and dies before the fact
The experience is inexpressible in words
The Grand Canyon is its own language
Written across space, causality and time
See how puny these words are
Do not believe them
Go there

– Amil Quayle. Grand Canyon and Other Selected Poems (a friend of Ted Hatch)

Two Gentlemen of Verona. SCENE VII. Read More

Stanton’s Cave, so named after Brewster Stanton who used the cave to cache tools during an 1889 retreat from the canyon, is home to a summer maternity colony of Townsend’s big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii). Past exploration of the cave’s contents and a door installed to keep out looters put the bat’s survival at risk. 2,000 pounds of steel were weld Read More