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You may have noticed we at Hatch have made some pretty big changes to our website recently. In doing so, we’ve lost some of our blog posts! We’ll be working to get them back up over the next week. Here’s one sent in by one of our guests:


Ever wonder what a week on the river is like for someone who’s “not a huge fan of water”? Mattie Albert shared her story with us, and now we’re sharing it with you! Want to see your story here? Email it to [email protected]!

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Many guests set out in search of majestic waterfalls while traveling along the Colorado River. The inner kid comes out and splashing and playing in the downpour becomes addicting. What is it about water streaming down into an exquisite pool below that lures travelers of all sorts to these places? Grand Canyon white water rafting trips provide excitement throughout but nothing compares to a good ol’ waterfall.

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Grand Canyon trivia provides a major highlight on Colorado River raft trips. Perhaps immense interest subsists because of the magnitude of this place. With something as large and immense as the Grand Canyon, people often need to put numbers to the sights in order to comprehend. While staring into the unknown between rims, guests want to conceptualize what lies before them. Below find some interesting tidbits to help put this magi Read More

It’s been an eventful year for all of us here at Hatch! Even after 81 years in business, we’re still changing and improving to make sure your river experience is the best it can be. And, we’ve learned you never get too old to be surprised.

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Food and water yes, showers or a mobile phone signal, not so much.

Availability of these will greatly differ on a Grand Canyon white water rafting trip. So that you can plan a bit better when you’ll be able to phone home to check in and take a proper shower, here’s a rundown of what’s available. Keep in mind that time constraints may change the likelihood that you’ll be able to stop to take advantage of services.

Full and Lower River trips end with a short helicopter ride into the Whitmore Airport at Read More

Hatch River Expeditions is always looking for ways we can make our operations better and more efficient. From researching more efficient motors to recycling to using recycled ink cartridges and paper, we do what we can to ensure we’re using fewer natural resources.

One change we made in 2015 was a lighting overhaul at the Hatch warehouse. Our Marble Canyon warehouse used to be lit throughout with florescent bulbs. During this year’s off season, though, we upgraded to LEDs at a cost of about $12,000 to the company.

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A while ago, we told you about how Hatch River Expeditions changes when our river season ends in September. Most of our guides leave Marble Canyon for other professional opportunities. But, every year a few of them stick around to do what we call "Winter Work."

Wondering what exactly that looks like? We thought we’d give you an idea.

Among the cleaning and maintenance tasks Hatch winter workers undertake is the stripping and repainting of our boats so they look fresh and clean for the new season. (This is after all of the repairs Read More

Alright, alright, I know what you are thinking. A week or more in nature without technology and the conveniences of the modern world can sound like a daunting task for a family, but I’m here to tell you that embarking on a whitewater rafting trip with your kids can be one of the best experiences they ever have. The fun will come naturally, but sometimes it can take a little bit of planning to ensure everyone stays happy the Read More

Merry Christmas!

Hatch River Expeditions Wishes You a Great Holiday! was last modified: December 16th, 2015 by Jessica Clark

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While exploring the Grand Canyon on your next Colorado River trip, you will experience the blood pumping excitement of world famous rapids like Soap Creek, Crystal, and Lava Falls. Rapid is a term you will hear over and over on your trip, but you will also hear a lesser known term referring to a different type of whitewater – a riffle.

What is the difference between a riffle and a rapid? Let’s explore some of the basic differences so you can be in the know before your next Grand Canyon excursion.

First of all, whitewater sections Read More