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The Grand Canyon Conservation Fund is non-profit enterprise established in 1988 and managed by a group of Grand Canyon National Park’s licensed river outfitters. Each year, roughly eighty percent of all professionally outfitted river trip passengers donate $1 per day of their river trip fees to the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund.

In turn, this money is awarded in the form of grants to non-profit conservation groups and those working to provide access to back-country outd Read More

January 1st, 2011Grand Canyon Oar Boats

An oar trip allows you to experience the Grand Canyon at a slower pace. Unless, of course, it’s time to shoot through a whitewater rapid! Either way, your pace is up to the river.

We have full Colorado River oar trips as well as six and seven half-river trips. Half river trips start or end with a hike out (for those of you wishing to tick two items off your list).

As with all Hatch River Expedition trips, you’ll start with checking in and listen to a brief orientation.

We’ll introduce you to your white water boatman and del Read More

"Special appreciation and commendations must go to Dave, Don and Kelly who at all times exhibited competence, skills and knowledge—and good humor—in taking 29 people safely thru the week-long sojourn. All three made the arduous job of shepherding our group seem effortless. Great meals, sound instructions, history of the Canyon. Dave, our boat captain, is a walking encyclopedia on the Canyon and its lore, and conveying an all-around sense of competence that only comes from many years of experience in doing their job on the river. Finally, I’d Read More

“We had a terrific trip with Hatch the second week of May 2010. I celebrated my retirement by inviting friends and relatives for the trip. We had a group of 17 whom I invited, and 11 others joined for the trip. Everyone had a great time.

We had people who had considered doing this trip before, but just needed a little nudge from me. One such person was my wife. At first she said she wouldn’t go. Then when my cousins wife said she would go, my wife decided to join the trip. After the trip she was thoroughly excited for the experience. Read More

How it All Started:

My first Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip was in September, 2006. I worked my way along a 12-day row trip until Phantom Ranch, where I hiked out via the Bright Angel Trail. My most vivid memory is standing above Unkar Rapid with my friend, Angie Mauldin, and looking down at the muddy water, completely awed by the scale and complexity of the rapid. After I hiked out of the trip, I stood in my driveway that evening, completely dirty from Read More

My first Grand Canyon trip was a 21-day private trip in 1985. I still see half of the participants from that trip and have vivid memories of many of the events and sites that we visited. At a young age, I had the impression that I had seen most of and certainly the best sites that Grand Canyon has to offer! It took another trip to get educated about how much in Grand Canyon I had not seen and how much it has to offer. Ever since, I have been honored to spend the time in Grand Canyon that being a guide has allowed me to. Spending so much time Read More

"One of our oar rigs flipped in Hermit and not a minute later, a Hatch boat runs the rapid and pulls over to help us flip it back over, saving us loads of time and effort. We were so grateful to have your help in that time of stress. On top of that, Hatch boats stopped by our camps at Whitmore Wash and Granite Park and gave us ice, water and various foods. Thanks so much for being an awesome company and great river stewards!"

Richard N. private, non-Hatch trip. September 2011

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"We are part of the group that was caught in a flash flood in Matkatamiba Canyon on July 9. The. Hatch crew caught our boats, gear and bags. When they greeted us that evening with cheers, hugs, food and clothes, we were so grateful and overwhelmed. Words cannot express how much we appreciate all that the people of Hatch did for us."

Judy M. on a private, Non-Hatch trip in July 2011

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Thanks to all of you who have purchased books through the Hatch River Expedition’s amazon.com store! We donate all proceeds to the Whale Foundation which supports the health and well being of river guides in the Grand Canyon.

If you’re considering making holiday purchases on amazon.com, please consider doing s Read More


Hatch River Expeditions has a line of river-worthy, branded clothing from Columbia Sportswear Company, Ouray, and other quality outdoor clothing companies. We have thick, cotton hoodies; T-shirts (You come into the world cold, wet and naked. There’s no reason you can’t stay that way! Hatch River Rat; tough as nails! or a more tame Rafting the Grand Canyon Makes Me Happy); fleece wind jackets and vests; fleece full- and half-zip jackets and vests; cotton and synthetic long-sleeve T-shirts; caps and visors; t Read More