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There’s no doubt that a Grand Canyon white water rafting vacation is among the best one can take. But, we’re humbled when we hear from our guests that what really made their trip was coming with Hatch. From being impressed with the company to connecting to our guides, the lovely comments our August and September guests shared with us helped us finish out the season on just the right note.

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I rarely give top marks to anything as there is always room for improvement. But your trip is a well oiled ma Read More

The Hatches have been running Grand Canyon raft trips for a LONG time. This photo from Volume 8, Issue Number 192 of the Arizona Daily Sun, published on Monday, May 3rd 1954, shows Bus and his crew triumphant after a harrowing trip down the river during which they lost their kitchen gear.

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It’s hard to go wrong when you choose among Hatch’s Grand Canyon River Trips. Motorized, oar-powered, short, long, upper canyon, or lower—we love them all. Throughout the canyon you’ll find geologic wonders, roaring rapids, and places that have been occupied or visited by travelers for hundreds of years. But, if you want to find yourself immersed in Grand Canyon history (and pre-history!), we definitely recommend the Upper Canyon.

From your launch at Lee’s Ferry all the way through Marble Canyon to your trip’s completion near Phantom R Read More

Today marks the last launch of our 2015 river season. There won’t be another Hatch River Expeditions boat parked at the gravely shore at Lees Ferry until April. Soon, the last helicopter will fly out of Whitmore Wash and Hatch boats and guides and guests will be off the river completely and returning to their fall and winter lives.

For some of our guides, this means working with winter outdoor enthusiasts at ski resorts. For others, it means returning to classrooms to teach and to learn. For others still, it means bunkering down in the Read More

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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As a guest on a Hatch River Expedition, you will hear so many stories that they all start to blend together. This rapid is where this person died and this rock has this memorial etc.

The Grand Canyon has such a long, rich history that the best river guide can really only scratch the surface of the stories it has to tell. And yet, when you venture just a little further—beyond the rim of the story—you will find, in the unfathomable depths and winding pathways, whole people, entire lives lived, worlds of exist Read More

There are over 3 trillion trees on earth! 1

A recent study that’s been making its rounds on the internet combined satellite imaging with ground-based measurements and computer models to determine that the earth is covered with waaay more trees than they previously thought. (2.6 trillion more… give or take a few billion.2)

While we can’t say how many individual trees exist in the Grand Canyon, we do know that t Read More

Hesitating about booking that 2016 Grand Canyon river trip? Stop thinking about it and JUMP IN!

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