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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

Let’s be honest. There are those among us who would go Colorado River rafting year-round if we could. The majesty of the canyon is so affecting, that it can be hard to get on that helicopter and fly away from it.

But, there’s good news!

When you can’t be on the river, you can be visiting one of the amazing Southwestern cities around it. Need tips on where to go and what to do? Hatch is here to help!

First on our Grand Canyon cities tour: FLAGSTAFF

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Over the weekend, Grand Canyon Youth held its annual "Rivers and Reels" fundraiser. While primarily an event designed to raise money to support GCY’s amazing programs and operations, the featured films make this event not only supremely FUN, but also one that educates.

Who is Grand Canyon Youth?

This organization began with a trio of river guides who watched people transformed for the better by their encounters with the river. They realized both how powerful an exp Read More

When most people think of the Grand Canyon, they imagine the view from the South Rim—that timeless image of red and brown bands of rock, carved by time and river and wind into points whose massive shadows compete for dominance as the sun sets. That view is nothing short of breathtaking, but it’s only one facet of all that the Grand Canyon has to offer. If you’re planning a Grand Canyon adventure, it’s worth it to take the time to check it out from all the angles you can!

One such angle is from the Desert View Watchtower about 45 minute Read More

You may not be able to go white water rafting in the Grand Canyon while the snow is flying, but you have to do something in the off season.

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Tomorrow is the night! One evening from now, the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead will come down, making it the perfect time for Hatch’s Halloween Countdown to focus on…


The Grand Canyon is a place of magnificent beauty. Its scale alone is enough to make visitors sit in awe of this natural wonder. And, like many wild places of natural places of beauty, the Grand Canyon has taken lives. Those exploring its depths when the river was uncharted, those not exercising Read More

With only three days left until the entire country is consumed by costume parties and candy seeking behavior, Hatch’s Halloween Countdown is winding down. BUT, there are still a few more Halloween-y treats waiting for you on your Grand Canyon river trip that we haven’t covered!


Whether they’re growing out of Medusa’s head or crawling through the eyes of jack-o-lanterns, snakes definitely have a reputation in the Halloween scene. Their ability to slither through cracks and crevices can be unn Read More