Meet Our Guides

The best in the business

Bubba

I was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, and I was introduced to river trips in 1999. Two years later I started working for Hatch River Expeditions. One of my favorite things about being a boatman is navigating bad-ass rapids and seeing what a thrill it gives my passengers. I also love taking people on amazing hikes, relating the Canyon’s history to them, and informing them about the incredible geologic layers. No matter how many trips I take down the Canyon, there is something new to see on each and every one. It’s always my hope that the people I take down the river will enjoy the Canyon as much as I do.

Christa

Having grown up in Flagstaff, Arizona I seemed to always be around the Grand Canyon. It wasn’t until I started working for the Hatch’s that I realized my true passion for geology. In May 2016 I graduated from Humboldt State University with my degree in geology. I have certifications and training as a Wilderness First Responder, adult and child CPR, and backcountry food handling. It is hard to pick my favorite thing about the Grand Canyon, all I can say is being there is addicting. I can’t wait to help you experience the joy and beauty of the place I love the most.

David

I have been guiding on rivers for over 30 years on the American Continent, and came to work for Hatch in 1987. After graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University in 1993, I followed my passion for the outdoor life by guiding adventure trips, both sea kayaking and whitewater. Over the last 30 plus seasons in Grand Canyon I have had the opportunity to operate all kinds of crafts from motor boats, paddle boats, oar boats, kayaks, and even the Emma Dean, an exact replica of John Wesley Powell’s flagship boat from his 1869 journey. With my career as an international adventure travel and whitewater guide, I have had the opportunity to do river trips in 17 countries on 5 continents. Currently I supplement my river work as a field biologist, working specifically with desert tortoises. Of course, none of this would be possible without certifications in CPR, Wilderness First Responder and a professional food manager. Most of all, guiding Grand Canyon river trips gives me an opportunity to share my knowledge of a place that I have come to love. I’ve been guiding on rivers for over 25 years on the American continent, and came to work for Hatch in 1987. After graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University in 1993, I followed my passion for the outdoor life by guiding adventure travel trips, both sea kayaking and whitewater. Over the last 25 plus seasons in Grand Canyon, I’ve participated in well over 190 trips in all kinds of crafts from motor boats, paddle boats, oar boats, kayaks, and even the Emma Dean, an exact replica of John Wesley Powell’s flagship boat from his 1869 journey. In any given year, I can be found leading trips in Alaska, Chile, Grand Canyon, and Mexico. I hold the following certifications: American Red Cross-First Responder & CPR, Wilderness First Responder, Swift Water Rescue, and Backcountry Food Handler. I feel that guiding people down the Grand Canyon is a privilege.

Eric

Becoming a great boatman and guide is something I’ve been devoted to for some time, and I joined Hatch in 1999. I’ve spent countless hours learning about the Geology and Anthropology of the Southwest desert both on and off the water. I’ve taken Swift Water Rescue, participated in the GTS, and tried to stay on top of all the science in Grand Canyon. Spending my winters guiding snow cat ski tours and ski patrolling has also given me valuable experience in the medical side of being a guide. Holding many certifications; CPR, WFR, WEMT, and a Back Country Food Handlers permit, helps me be a solid Grand Canyon Guide. Additionally my ability to motor, row, and work as a safety kayaker makes for a versatile boatperson. Participating in trips with SPLORE has given me experience and made me realize the value of doing trips with the disabled. I love being a part of the close-knit community that is made up of people that work on the river. Enjoying letters and pictures that clients send me is the most rewarding part of my job.

Jamie

I’m from Flagstaff, AZ. I first experienced Grand Canyon at the age of 4 on the South Rim. A decade later I started backpacking in the canyon. I went on my first canyon river trip at 21. 5 years later I started working as a guide, 2017 marks 15 years working in Grand Canyon. The canyon has had an influence on me for practically my whole life, it’s a very special place to me.

JP

I’ve been guiding on the Colorado River for over 25 years, and have completed over 300 trips. My long career at Hatch River Expeditions began in 1985 and is a testament to the fact that it’s one of the best concessions operating in the Grand Canyon. I’ve done extensive work for Glen Canyon Environmental Studies and the Grand Canyon Research and Monitoring Center as a guide providing logistical support. I’ve also worked with the National Park Service monitoring and stabilizing archeological sites. My experience as a science boatperson has greatly augmented my interpretive skills as a commercial guide. I participated in Guides Training Seminars and lead the 2001 trip, and I’ve also worked with the organization SPLOR guiding and assisting people with disabilities. Additionally, I served on the board of directors for the Grand Canyon River Guides Association 2001-2002. I also hold CPR, Wilderness First Responder, and Backcountry Food Handlers certifications.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful and spectacular National Parks, and it’s an honor to work as a river guide in it. I consider the Canyon my home. As a guide, it’s my job to provide safety and to share my knowledge, experience, and love of the canyon with my cliental. I believe the canyon is one of the best natural classrooms in the world. I believe providing extensive interpretation of the natural history of the canyon is not only personally rewarding but also socially beneficial. Educating my passengers opens their eyes to issues pertinent in protecting and preserving our diminishing natural resources and National Parks. My experience as a guide allows me to provide safe and fulfilling trips for my passengers, which allows me to provide impeccable logistical support on research trips geared to preserving and restoring the natural habitat in the Grand Canyon.

Kelly

My name is Kelly Zanzucchi. I have been working as a river guide for more than a decade, learning from and loving every moment in the Grand Canyon. When I am not boating, I work as a ski patroller at the Arizona Snowbowl where I’m fortunate to mix skiing and practice in the EMS field. I live in Flagstaff with my husband Dom and our dog Earl. Together we do anything we can to play.

Lars

Over thirty-five years ago, at the age of thirteen, I started working on river expeditions through the Grand Canyon. I began working for Hatch in 2005 and have enjoyed the privilege of guiding clients down the Colorado River. I have over two hundred trips through the canyon and have guided for both commercial companies and the Department of the Interior, where I facilitated various research projects on the river. My rafting experience includes the operation of motorized and rowing craft of all shapes and sizes. I have had the fortune of running all the rapids in the canyon in exact replicas of Major Powell’s boats for both the South Rim Imax Movie and the National Geographic Channel. By working for the various government agencies and their researchers, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience relating to the geology, biology, and human history of the canyon. My fascination with the early inhabitants of the canyon, their building methods and site selection has inspired me to learn more about simple cost effective ways to design and build dwellings. I hold a degree in Biology and hope to apply this knowledge to various design and construction projects to lower society’s dependence on fossil fuels while conserving other natural resources.

Lena

I became a Flagstaff local at the age of seventeen after moving from Germany. I earned a B.A. in International Studies from Northern Arizona University, and started river running on the San Juan and Salt River my freshman year of college. I’m extremely excited to be running in Grand Canyon and couldn’t be happier about joining the Hatch crew in 2010.
 I’m a certified Wilderness First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, and hold certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Backcountry Food Handling. Guiding in Grand Canyon for Hatch is a dream come true and sharing the magic of the canyon with people from all walks of life is a great privilege. During my time off I enjoy hiking, kayaking, paragliding, and studying up for my next river trip! In the winter I work as a ski patroller.

Mariah

I have worked in the Grand Canyon since 2009 in a variety of roles. I started working with Grand Canyon Youth engaging students in on-going inventory and monitoring projects focused on side streams and springs on and along the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. I find it very rewarding to take youth down the river and so I have continued to work with Grand Canyon Youth as a trip coordinator. After receiving my Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University in 2012, I started working as a fish biologist contracted through the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center. We currently conduct sampling trips throughout the year primarily focused on non-native Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and the endangered Humpback Chub (Gila cypha). The opportunity to pursue my passion for science in such an amazing place has been an incredible experience and there is still a lifetime’s worth of things to learn about the mighty Colorado River and it’s Grand Canyon. In addition, I have worked for the Grand Canyon National Park as a technician in fisheries and hydrology. I am a Wilderness First Responder and hold CPR and Backcountry Food Handler certifications. This compilation of experiences has provided me with a well-rounded knowledge base that I truly enjoy sharing with folks on the river.

I enjoy working for Hatch River Expeditions because it is a family-oriented company. Hatch also employs some of the most experienced and knowledgeable boatmen working in the Grand Canyon, and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from the best.

When I am not in the Grand Canyon, I love being in the mountains with my family.

Rachel

I grew up in Tennessee and didn’t discover the Southwest until 2001. It didn’t take long for me to fall for the desert, especially when I laid eyes on the Colorado River in 2003, the same year I started working for Hatch River Expeditions. The Grand Canyon has given me a lot, including the opportunity to be surrounded by an amazing, tight-knit group of river-runners. In a previous life I trained as a ballet dancer, and I can honestly say that becoming a boatwoman was the last thing I’d expected. But once you get a taste of the Canyon and the Colorado River, it gets in your blood and keeps you coming back year after year, something to which our many repeat clients can relate. The Grand Canyon is a special place and I enjoy sharing it with people excited by its tremendous beauty. During the school year I’m a writing teacher.

Ray

I’m married to an amazing woman, Joni, and we are the proud parents of one son. I’ve been a Grand Canyon River Guide with Hatch River Expeditions for over 29 years, and have amassed over 280 Grand Canyon motor river trips. I’ve also worked as a science guide and row boatperson. I’ve also rowed the Yampa, Green and Delores rivers. I’m certified in CPR Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, and Backcountry Food Management. Many of the trips I’ve run down river have been for college geology courses, which have added to my own studies in Geology. I’ve found that working with the handicapped on the river is especially fulfilling, and I enjoy being able to show such amazing people this beautiful place. I have run on river levels from ~ 4000cfs to 96,000cfs, which has proven to be both challenging and rewarding, and I’ve valued every experience this Canyon has given to me. During the off-season I teach Skydiving in Florida, am a Handyman, and Pilot, which provides me with the opportunity to work with people year around.

Sean P.

I’ve been going on river trips for the past since I was six-years old. My parents, Ray and Joni Pope, brought me on my first river trip when all over fifteen years ago. Ever since that first trip I’ve spent my summers running the Grand Canyon. I’ve been officially working for Hatch since 2006, but have been with them my whole life. They have been nice enough to keep me around all these years and now I guide both motor and row expeditions. I’m certified in CPR, Backcountry Food Handling, and am a Wilderness First Responder. I am currently enrolled at the University of South Florida (GO BULLS!) and planning on majoring in physics. I’m also a certified skydiver and enjoy playing tennis. I love being on the river and the chance to be able to help people enjoy the canyon as much as possible.

Sean H.

I was born and raised in Utah in the Salt Lake/Park City area. I grew up spending my summers rafting with my family in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona. I was eight years old when I went on my first trip down the Grand Canyon on a Hatch motor rig. I really enjoyed the whitewater of the Grand Canyon and I do not think that it has altered a bit. The Grand Canyon is one addictive place which keeps me coming back for more exploration. The beauty of the canyon never gets old and the river never disappoints that’s why I come back and that’s why I love sharing it with others.

See you on the water!

Scott

I’m a native of Flagstaff and grew up in the guiding community, joining Hatch River Expeditions in 2001. I spent much of my childhood exploring the areas around Flagstaff and continue to gain experience in hiking, rock climbing, paragliding, and kayaking. I participated in my first Colorado River trip in Grand Canyon at the age of fourteen. Since that first trip I’ve obtained Wilderness First Responder Certification, CPR certification, and Backcountry Food Handlers certification, and led the Guides Training Trip in 2012. I’ve worked in the Canyon both as a commercial guide and scientific expeditions guide since 2000. I’ve completed well over 100 trips through the Canyon and look forward to continuing running the river for many years to come. I enjoy sharing the Canyon with our clients who travel to us from all over the world.

Spencer

I grew up in the mountain town of Nederland, Colorado and am a skiing and rafting enthusiast by choice, and a chef by trade. I have been a member of the Hatch family since 2003 and with every trip I find I cannot wait to show our guests the most beautiful place on Earth! I have my Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and Backcountry Food Handler certifications. Let’s go boating!

Tanner

It has been my goal to be a guide for Hatch River Expeditions for ever since my first Grand Canyon trip in 2005. The history, other guides and family name associated with this company truly inspire me to provide the best service possible in the Grand Canyon. As an avid kayaker I have paddled the canyon and rivers all over the US and have seen the quality that we provide here at Hatch and I am proud to be a part of this great company! As a paragliding instructor and Ski patroller in the off season I spend a lot of time dealing with people in and out of their element. It gives me great pleasure to help change a persons experience into a comfortable and attainable reality. I am a certified advanced paragliding instructor with the United States Paragliding association a certified EMT in two states and maintain national registration as well. Food handlers licence and health care provider CPR are also part of my life and jobs. I strive on continuing education to learn more about the canyon and its history. To achieve my goal of working here is so fulfilling! I look forward to sharing this amazing experience with you on our next trip!