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Don’t miss the view from the air at the end of your trip. It’s one of the coolest moments of rafting the Grand Canyon! In this Flashback Friday, Ted and Sowards discuss the flight out of the canyon and what it was like in 1984.

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Did you go white water rafting in the Grand Canyon? TELL US YOUR STORY!

At Hatch River Expeditions, we do what we do because we LOVE rafting! We love rapids. We love sand. We love rocks. And we love people who love the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon!

Show us your love. Tell us your story.

I’m Jessica. I’m new to the Hatch River Expeditions team, and I just completed my first ever trip white water rafting in the Grand Canyon. Now, I find myself in the unique position of being able to tell you not only what a trip can be like, but what it’s like traveling 188 miles down the Colorado River as the most famous canyon in the world rises up and changes around you for the very first time. Over the next few weeks, I’ll tell you exactly what my trip was like, rapid by rapid.

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CRYSTAL

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Hatch river guides have to be vigilant at all times during a Colorado River rafting trip. Guests are more likely to hurt themselves on land than on the boats, and those running the trip must be prepared to help them. In this Flashback Friday, Ted Hatch and Elizabeth Sowards discuss the guides on her 1984 river trip and the care they took to protect everyone on the river with them.

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I’m Jessica. I’m new to the Hatch River Expeditions team, and I just completed my first ever trip white water rafting in the Grand Canyon. Now, I find myself in the unique position of being able to tell you not only what a trip can be like, but what it’s like traveling 188 miles down the Colorado River as the most famous canyon in the world rises up and changes around you for the very first time. Over the next few weeks, I’ll tell you exactly what my trip was like, rapid by rapid.

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HANCE

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Shortly before her interview with Ted Hatch, Sowards went on a Grand Canyon raft trip with Hatch. She seems to have had a great time, and spends a portion of the interview showing Ted some drawings she made during the trip, including one of the sites for the portable toilet. She tells Ted she thought, "Boy, I’ve never been to the bathroom in such a grand place!"

In this section of the interview, Sowards shares her lead guide’s introductory speech.

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July brought more great reviews for the Grand Canyon, Hatch guides and staff, and the overall Colorado River Rafting experience. One thing that came up over and over again in this month’s reviews was a particular affinity for Hatch as a company and as a group of people who really care about our guests.

I’ve had 3 river trips with Hatch since 2001…each one a magnitude better than the last. You guys are GREAT! Thanks for the memories. Ned R. July 15 Full Canyon Motorized

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Last Wednesday, the Animas river in southern Colorado turned mustard yellow as water breached through a dam that had formed inside a nearby mine and spilled into Cement Creek, one of the tributaries feeding the river. This spill was widely reported on the news and shared on social media, and our guests have all been asking themselves the same question:

"Will this spill have an impact on the Grand Canyon and my rafting trip?"

In short, NO.

Hatch River Expeditions has not canceled any river trips due to concerns about Read More

The Grand Canyon is home to a diverse sampling of southwestern wildlife. Keep your eyes open and you may see deer, rams, squirrels, snakes, frogs, and a huge variety of insects and birds.

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