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What’s a Colorado River trip without a daily hike? You’ll have the option to hike each day while on an oar, motorized or kayak trip with Hatch. Our guides know all the sweet spots in the Grand Canyon and will take you safely up trails or along the base of streams. You’ll end up at a view, a swimming hole or water fall. We even offer hike intensive whitewater trips.

Hiking in the Grand Canyon while on a white water rafting trip was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 Read More

At the end of a trip, guides deflate, roll up and load the side pontoons onto the raft. Depending on the season, the Hatch big rig meets the rafts at Diamond Creek,Separation Canyon or Pearce Ferry.

Load ’em up, move ’em out.
Rafts are driven along Interstate 40, north onto 89 at Flagstaff, through the Navajo Reservation, over the new Navajo Bridge, past the entrance to Lee’s Ferry (oh, so much cleanup work to do before another launch), and on into Marble Canyon and the Hatch River Expeditions warehouse.

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January 1st, 2011How to make Frybread

If you’re driving from the south rim of the Grand Canyon to Hatch River Expedition headquarters and the launch of your whitewater rafting vacation, you’ll drive by several amazing works of art on the Navajo reservation.

The Painted Desert Project posts wonderful backstories and photos on Facebook and on the blog Speaking Loud and Saying Nothing. Dig deep to find information on installa Read More

When you get to the launch, all of your gear must fit in a water-proof dry bag that we provide. The dry bag is Hatch orange so we call it a pumpkin. If on a full river trip, we recommend you pack your stuff in a regular duffel bag. If you’re hiking in/out and carrying your pack, a backpack is fine, but not the old-school external frame packs. And, please, no suit cases on the rafts!!! That just wouldn’t be cool at all.

If you’re going on a trip with us this season, now’s a good time to start collecting proper rafting clothing and gear. Read More

One of the first things you should pack is a high quality water bottle. We provide filtered water while you’re on the Colorado River, but you’ll want to carry your bottle with you on hikes, bring it to your tent at night and keep it handy while on the raft. We recommend a good stainless steel bottle. Plastic can leach into water when left in the sun. It’s very likely that your bottle will be left in the sun!

If you’re on an Upper Colorado River white water rafting trip, you’ll be hiking out the Bright Angel trail. We will start you off Read More

We pride ourselves in running the white water rapids, running you ragged and feeding you well. We covered what kind of food is served on a Hatch whitewater rafting trip a while back in a blog post. Here are some shots of the food before it makes its way to the Colorado River – at Hatch River Expeditions headquarters – and being served up to guests in the Grand Canyon.

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Eric and Christian give a poem for Swamper Jim,
his birthday now the day Jerry died cross the mighty Rio
Grandieo to the mighty muddy Colorado’s broke down palace—
Vishnu schist, Zoroaster granite, great mysterious Unconformity.
At 46 the rock, all the rock that’s falling out, simply disappears
and the River takes the man wherever a man may go to do his fathering, Swamper Jim’s a friend to whom the River sings—
the river loves a sweeper, see how it’s tongue wraps

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Nancy Gibson organized a trip for Kansas City folks.

Our trip with Hatch down the Colorado River was the trip of a lifetime! We went in June of 2010 in a motorized boat. There were 20 of us from Kansas City and we met two other families we thoroughly enjoyed. It is hard to decide what was best, the rafting, the daily hikes, the waterfalls, the wildlife or the wonderful food! At the end of each day, we enjoyed Happy Hour sitting in the chairs Hatch provided with our feet cooling in the Colorado. All in all, an amazing time.
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The Kanab Ambersnail is a land snail that measures in at about the size of a dime. There are only two known natural populations: one in a series of small ponds near the city of Kanab (of course), Utah and the other in Grand Canyon National Park at a large spring along the Colorado River called Vasey’s Paradise at mile 31.9. You’ll pass mile 31.9 on your first day if you’re on a motor white water rafting trip and will unlikely stop there.

Because of the damming and experimental releases of high flows to re-establish beaches, the snails Read More