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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

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