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A lot of planning goes in to a Grand Canyon river trip. Below find a few questions we get often in the Hatch office.

11. How should I prepare for my upcoming trip?

Please read through ALL pre trip materials. We do our best to inform guests about the trip at the time of booking but the materials we provide go into much more detail. Looking at Read More

At Hatch, we do our best to ensure that you’ll have everything you need on your trip. After all, we don’t want something small like the wrong kind of shoes to bring you down!

But, every guest is different. An item you consider optional might be a necessity to someone else on your trip. To that end, we’ve decided to share some of our guests’ suggested items. You never know which one might make or break your own river rafting adventure!

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Only you and your doctor can determine your physical limits. A whitewater rafting trip with Hatch River Expeditions promises opportunities for times of high exertion and no exertion at all.

"I am 73 years old and always wanted to do this. It was number one on my ‘Bucket List’. I am so glad I did it; it was a trip of a lifetime. What a wonderful job those ladies did (Sarah & Kelly). I am in awe of them, such hard workers, and so knowledgeable and so very helpful on all those beautiful trips to the side canyons. There was not a ques Read More

This weekend and into next week, Grand Canyon is staring down temperatures well over 100 degrees, so we thought now would be a good time to give you some tips for keeping cool in the desert.


First, and foremost—WATER IS YOUR BEST FRIEND!

Luckily, you’ll be spending your days traveling down the Colorado River and your nights camped out beside it, so you’ll have lots of access to water. Here are a c Read More


When you hear the words "dream vacation," what do you think of? An ocean cruise? Beach chairs on a tropical island?

These old standbys are by no means losing their appeal, but in a world where we do more sitting in front of screens than ever—for both work and play—many people are looking to spend their treasured vacation time 1) being more active and 2) in more remote locations.

Hatch’s white water rafting trips deliver on both! We’ll take you through the rapids of the Colorado River, up the canyons of the tributaries Read More

The National Park Service turns 100 this year. If you haven’t been taking advantage of these Federally protected and managed wilderness and historical sites, there’s no better time to start!

Of course, the park nearest and dearest to our Hatch hearts is the one we spend our days in: Grand Canyon. From the breathtaking rim views of this expansive landmark to the treasures tucked deep inside it, we’ve got nothing but praise, admiration, and just a little bit of pride for our National Park, and we’re over the moon that we get to share it Read More

An incoming rain storm Photo Credit: Bob Golden

Arizona weather can be unpredictable. While we can say, in general, that spring is windy and by the end of October nights will be cold, nature likes to prove us wrong. This means there is NO WAY for us to predict exactly what kind of weather you’ll encounter on your Hatch River Expedition.

The most likely inclement weather you risk catching up to you on the river is a rain storm. Sometimes th Read More

The Grand Canyon is among the most stunningly beautiful places in the world. As you pass between its towering walls, you will surely find more than a few things worth photographing. The plant life, the wildlife, the landscapes, the shenanigans—you’ll take your memories of all of them home with you, but some of you will go even further, capturing them in photos as well.

At Hatch, we want those photos!


We simply can’t get enough of the multiple and varied perspectives our guests’ hundreds of eyes bring to the Canyon every singl Read More

Don Alphonso de los Pajaros walked one last time among the peacocks. The market crash of 1929 had wiped him out. La Posada, his family home for 120 years, had been sold to the Santa Fe Railway. The childless Don Alphonso whispered goodbye to the birds and old trees, to the art and the furniture, and to the memories collected by four generations of his fabled forebears watching quietly from every corner of the hacienda. ‘Keep watch for me,’ he murmured.1

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1. Get wet, naturally.

Lava Falls rapids

You know you want to see the whitewater in Lava Falls up close and personal.

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