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November 11th, 2016

Colorado River Raft Trips and the NPS

Hatch is a concessionaire for Colorado River raft trips within Grand Canyon National Park. As such, Hatch maintains a great relationship with the NPS based on mutual respect and conversation. Of course they regulate much to do with operations on the water but the Park also does so much more relating to so many different operations and activities. Grand Canyon National Park is 1,217,403 acres in size and split between multiple sites including the South Rim, North Rim, Phantom Ranch, Riv… Read More

November 11th, 2016

Colorado River Grand Canyon Alternative Whitewater Motorboat Project - Hatch River Expeditions

The Motor Stats

Grand Canyon motorboats are typically propelled by a conventional 30 hp four-stroke Honda Marine outboard and on average, operate for about four to six hours per day. Each boat carries two motors (one in reserve) and burns approximately fifty gallons of fuel while traversing 300 river miles over six to eight days. Each season, 100 motor rigs are used to conduct about 425 such trips. Grand Canyon motorboats travel at approximately eight to ten miles pe… Read More

November 11th, 2016

Might We See the Little Colorado River on a Colorado River Rafting Trip?

A common and extremely popular side hike on any Full and Upper Colorado River rafting trip is the Little Colorado River. Famous for the beautiful turquoise waters and the magnificent confluence with the main Colorado River it can be a highlight for any river trip.


Did you know that the Little Colorado River’s headwaters actually begin in the forests of the White Mountains in northeastern Arizona? This river is a prime destination for anglers, … Read More

November 11th, 2016

Colorado River use ethics through the Grand Canyon are different than on other rivers - Hatch River Expeditions

Floating on rivers is a unique way to enjoy the outdoors. From a raft, kayak, or canoe adrift on the water, a river traveler can watch a heron silently flying overhead, observe the record of millions of years of geologic time, or experience the thrill of running a turbulent rapid. River corridors have always provided an ideal channel for exploring America’s wild places. Historically, early river pioneers were searching for furs, precious metals, minerals, and routes to the Pacific Ocean. The Grand Canyon stretch of the Colorado was first r… Read More

November 11th, 2016

Colorado River withdrawal. Can you relate? - Hatch River Expeditions

"Most of us are back in business but believe me it is really hard because while I’m all dressed up with my tie and ironed shirt on and sitting in my office, all I’m waiting for is Dave’s call for ‘camp meeting!’ I still miss wearing neoprene, short trousers, t-shirt and sandals. My special thanks to Brian for taking care of my wife Sabine when running the paddle-boat safe, perfect and spectacular ‘Geronimo’ and thanks to Dave for taking care of me."

Michael M. Germany. Read More

November 11th, 2016

How a day with Hatch River Expeditions is Exactly the Same as a Day in the City

Many Hatch River Expeditions guests do not come from a wilderness or camping background. In fact, a good estimate would be that about 60% of guests come from cities or suburbs and have only camped a few times. That is one of the best things about a rafting trip – it can be perfect for everyone. But for those that are having trouble convincing their city slicker friends or family that a rafting trip is the perfect vacation here are a few reasons why a day on the river are exactly like a day in the… Read More

November 11th, 2016

Take a Cue from Labor Day and Take a Grand Canyon Raft Trip

Ever feel a little slow at work? Like motivation might be a bit lacking? This problem affects many, many…many people every year. There have been quite a few studies showing that relaxation can improve productivity. A Forbes article states that if only American employees would take one more paid day off a year it would result in $73 billion in output for the economy and would posit… Read More

November 11th, 2016

Cold and rain toughen up this couple in their 60s as they tick "white water rafting" off their bucket list - Hatch River Expeditions

"We were fortunate to have been able to ride each day with a different guide. Kelly, Brian, Dominic, Lena, Rico and Sean. We felt each oar guide was extremely well qualified and experienced on the Colorado River, informative, personable, helpful and encouraging. Each guide was also most respectful of Kelly as the trip leader and complemented her kind leadership abilities. . Also, extend my deepest thanks to Steve Hatch, who we met briefly at Lee’s Ferry, to hiking guide Misty, and menu credit to Michele. This adventure has been on our ‘<… Read More