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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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Although Theodore Roosevelt was not the first to take action toward preserving the Grand Canyon, nor was he able to make the place into a National Park during his tenure as president, he may have been the Grand Canyon’s most enthusiastic supporter. Roosevelt felt passionately about the canyon, saying,

It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the wide world…

In 1906, he created the Grand Canyon Game Preserve and then in 1908, he made Grand Canyon into a National Monument. (I Read More

How, on earth, can you bathe in water that is 50° Fahrenheit?! Yikers!

First, some rules:

  • You must use biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • You must only use these in the Colorado River, not in any tributary rivers.

Second, some tips:

  • Some camps are better for bathing than others so take advantage of camps with good wading areas and slower currents near shore.
  • Bring a few wash cloths. When dipping into cold Colorado River water just isn’t an option, you can clean up with a wash Read More

Sometimes Hatch takes such good care of you, it’s easy to forget that the Grand Canyon is a remote wilderness area. The remoteness is part of what makes this kind of trip so great, but it does have its drawbacks. If you forget to grab that extra bottle of sunscreen on your way to the beach or find once you’ve gotten there that you need an extra bag of ice, there is usually a gas station not far away. And, if you’re in a car accident on the way to that gas station, emergency responders are sure to get to you quickly. In the middle of the Gran Read More