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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

How big are the rapids?

  • Colorado River through Grand Canyon is rated differently from most rivers in that it is rated 1-10. Some rapids are very small like House Rock Rapid but others are large like the notorious Lava Falls. Check out our detailed blog about river rating here our our Grand Canyon Whitewater Rafting Resources Page

What types of rafts are used? Read More

Tomorrow, November 17th, is National Take a Hike Day, which makes it not only the perfect day to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors, but also to plan ahead. Did you know Hatch still has space on an Upper Canyon Hiking Focused trip for 2016?

BOOK NOW for April 9th through April 14th!

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Invasive Green Sunfish Are Being Removed from the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

This month, The National Park Service (NPS) and Arizona Game and Fish Department (AGDF) are taking action to eliminate an invasive species of fish from just below the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Green sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) were originally introduced to the Colorado River through stocking. Until this year, the sunfish have not established a consistent population below the dam. However, this July, AGDF found mor Read More