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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

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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

If you tried to call or email the Hatch River Expeditions office last week, you probably couldn’t get through. That’s because our entire office staff was in Salt Lake City attending the America Outdoors Association’s Annual Marketing and Management Conference.

American Outdoors Association (AOA) is a non-profit trade association that helps to represent more than 550 outdoor-focused companies. 2015 marked this organization’s 27th conference which gives companies like Hatch the resources they need to operate to the best of the Read More

Ask the average person what "romantic getaway" means to them, and they’ll likely tell you the usual things, like dinner and wine at sunset, a long walk on the beach, or swimming under a clear blue waterfall.

But what if you’re looking for something more? Something that has all the classic components, the beaches, long walks, dinner and wine, and waterfalls, but also offers so much more. Add in some adrenaline pumping rapids, and a Colorado River rafting trip through Grand Canyon can be the perfect way to rediscover, recharge, and rejuv Read More

4 Affordable Gifts for Someone Who Loves Colorado River Rafting

December is upon us, and we’re all thinking about what to get for our loved ones this year. A Colorado River rafting trip, is, of course, the ultimate gift, but might be a little out of some of your budgets this year. If that’s the case, here are some ideas from Hatch to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones.

River Gear – Maybe your friend or loved one has a rain coat that’s Read More

One of the first stories you’ll hear on the river is of F.M. Brown who drowned in a riffle downstream from Soap Creek Rapid. He wasn’t wearing a life jacket. Despite being a strong swimmer, this small current of water got the better of him before his companions could reach and rescue him.

It’s incidents like this that have led to modern laws mandating the use of life jackets for water-based recreational activities. Fortunately, life jackets, or personal floatation devices (PFDs), have evolved over the years. During Brown’s time, life Read More

At Hatch River Expeditions, we’re grateful to be able to do what we love with the people we love. Our business has been family owned and operated for the last three generations, but we find that everyone involved with Hatch starts to feel like family eventually from our office and warehouse staff, to our guides—even our guests!

This Thanksgiving, we want to thank all of you for being members of the Hatch family. While you all are NUMBER 1 on the list of things we’re grateful for, we thought it would be nice to share a Read More

People on Grand Canyon river tours are often stunned by the bright blue waters of Havasu Canyon, especially when compared with the muddy waters of the Colorado. Walking up this canyon and seeing the water is like entering a whole new world. Nearly everyone finds himself asking: Why is this water SO blue?

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Here at Hatch River Expeditions we believe strongly in a sense of community amongst our employees and guests, so it’s really no surprise that we don’t often have the opportunity to add a new member to our team. However, we are happy to introduce you to Melissa, the newest addition to the Hatch family. She is excited to embark on this new journey and to help make your next river adventure the experience of a lifetime.

As a native of Flagstaff, Arizona, Melissa grew up with the many benefits of the Colorado Plateau right in her backyard. Read More