Risks & Requirements

Is a Hatch river trip right for you?

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A ​ Colorado River trip is an active vacation in a wilderness environment

To ensure the best possible vacation, we recommend showing up with an adventure attitude ready to explore the hidden depths of the Grand Canyon. Guests who are ready to roll with any changes or challenges are going to be more able to enjoy their days of canyon exploration and nights of camping outdoors under the stars. The beauty of this type of vacation is the journey and the discovery that comes along with it.

The extreme rustic nature of a backcountry river trip means that while we will do our very best to accommodate as many dietary, medical, and other needs as possible, there are limited resources at our disposal. In the backcountry of Grand Canyon, there are no hotel accommodations, no hot showers, and no developed bathroom facilities. We cannot stop by the store to resupply or pick up that forgotten meal ingredient, nor can we rush an injured or ill guest quickly to the hospital. We advise having conversations with us in advance about any concerns you may have so that we can give you a realistic picture of the environment you’ll be in along with any modifications we can reasonably make to help keep you safe and comfortable.

Risk Advisory and Acknowledgement

To better understand the risks associated with a white water rafting trip in Grand Canyon’s backcountry, please review the following risk documents. Should you decide to book a trip with us, you will be required to indicate that you have read and understood each:



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We understand the innumerable ways in which COVID-19 has affected the everyday lives of our guests, to say nothing of their travel plans. To help protect our guests and staff, we have created a set of procedures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our trips. These procedures are outlined in our Client Safety Statement.

As part of your booking process, you will be required to indicate that you have read and understood this document prior to participating in a trip with Hatch.

Please be aware that although we have done our best to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread, it is impossible for us to eliminate that risk entirely within the environment of our trips.

Physical Requirements

A river trip with Hatch is an active vacation and, as such, has some basic physical requirements. Prior to being allowed to participate in a trip, you will be required to indicate on your registration form that you meet all of the physical requirements for your trip’s style.

Please note: We are happy to accommodate a wide range of physical requirements and medical conditions. Please contact our office to discuss your needs directly and to determine whether a trip with Hatch is right for you.

Physical Requirements - All Trips

All Trips

Every guest on a Hatch River Expedition in Grand Canyon needs to be able to meet some basic physical requirements in order to participate fully and safely.


Physical Requirements - Upper/Lower Canyon Trips

Upper/Lower Canyon Trips

Guests on Upper or Lower Canyon ("exchange" style) trips ARE REQUIRED to hike the Bright Angel Trail into or out of the Grand Canyon. This hike is strenuous and requires adequate preparation and training prior to your expedition. If you are considering booking and Upper or Lower Canyon trip, review the physical requirements for this style of trip carefully.