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Before you embark on your whitewater rafting expedition with Hatch River Expeditions, you may have some extra time to spend in the Marble Canyon area. In fact, it’s worth getting there early to mosey around the place.

On the Way
If you’re driving from the north, be sure to stop in at Grand Canyon North Rim (and Zion NP if you have the time) on your way. Drive all the way out Walhalla Point and look down at the Colorado River. It’s all about th Read More

One of the most frequent questions asked when booking a whitewater rafting trip with Hatch is “What’s the food like?” It’s amazing! Don’t just take our word for it, though. Check out recent posts on our Facebook wall and another blog about what goes on in the food warehouse before a trip and what is served on the Colorado River.

Robert Rosen shared some Colorado River food photos. He and his family were on a motorized white water trip summer 2010. Their river guides were JP and Sara.

Geoff Buck also sent us a few photos from his Read More

"Everybody went out of their way to make it nice and it certainly was. It was a great group, no whiners, no head trips, just a boatload of fun people. Tim’s cooking was first class. He was also very helpful around camp and on hikes. He’s very knowledgeable. Jeff is outstanding. Everyone loved his stories and jokes. He really made the trip fun for all. We were also very impressed with his boating skills. Everything, everything, everything was perfect. I never heard a grumble from anybody on the entire trip. Thanks to all of you: Cher, Michell Read More

Save the Colorado details the myriad of threats to the Colorado River, among them: climate change, population growth, dams and diversions, species extinction, mineral resources, and invasive species. Did you know that the Colorado River is completely drained by the time it reaches it’s one-time delta at the Sea of Cortez?

Learn more about the Colorado River

Hatch guides David Kasinski and Scott Perry are in a new book about Colorado River – The Colorado River Flow Read More

When packing for a Grand Canyon Colorado River trip, you’ve got to think about weight. We recommend you lay things out so that you can make sure that you’re bringing the bare minimum.

The weight limit in the aircraft is 25 pounds per person. This includes your beverages and your own sleeping gear if you are flying them into Marble Canyon. We’ve reviewed what to pack: rain gear, skin protection, good water sandals, sun glasses, sun hat and synthetic or wool fiber clothing.

Upper or Lower River trips mean that you’ll be hiking in o Read More

I love to paint whenever I travel. It is my form of journaling. I rafted thru the Grand Canyon on an independent trip 20 years ago. My friends, who introduced me to rafting, have gone down the Grand many times on private trips. Their first time was for their 25th wedding anniversary, 25 years ago, hence, this trip for their 50th wedding anniversary. With the average age now around 70, we opted for the luxury of a Hatch trip. We had 17 people, all friends of our anniversary couple, 5 boats with 5 wonderful boat captains to spoil us, beautiful Read More

"The trip was absolutely incredible! Sean P is such a natural and so sweet with the many demands on him, obviously a product of good training from Ray and Joni! The food was terrific and every detail seemed to be planned out. I have never laughed so much and had such full days. Even the weather cooperated. The only real lightning, thunder, driving wind and rain came as we were literally heading into Lava rapids which added a considerable edge to the event."

Nancy A. Bahamas. July 2011

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Our Hatch Trip-of-a-Lifetime (as I call it) was all that and more. Everything was perfect. I will remember it as my journey over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road with what I think was a mixture of the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man.

I think Jeff, JP and Scott played all 3 roles. They all could be the Scarecrow- so much knowledge and experience among them. Makes me feel simple. All have strength and courage like Lion. Makes me feel weak. Amazing to live a life of no fear. Our guides came from nowhere- yet they were everyw Read More

Once upon a time there was the Colorado River and it was winding its way down the Grand Canyon. Flash forward and there are dams, beaches not being renewed by floods, people, and the introduction from Eurasia of the tamarisk (or saltcedar) into the southwest for erosion control in the 19th century.

You’ll see tamarisk all along the banks of the Colorado River during your rafting trip. Depending on the season, you’ll note the wispy green or pink bloomed shrubs lining the River along the entire stretch of the Grand Canyon.

Tamarisk Read More