Packing Tips from Hatch Guests

At Hatch, we do our best to ensure that you’ll have everything you need on your trip. After all, we don’t want something small like the wrong kind of shoes to bring you down!

But, every guest is different. An item you consider optional might be a necessity to someone else on your trip. To that end, we’ve decided to share some of our guests’ suggested items. You never know which one might make or break your own river rafting adventure!

If you are going in April or early May (or if you get cold easily)…
Some of our guests found that when traveling in a cooler time of year, they wished they’d had more or better cold weather gear. Here are some of their ideas:

Bring a wet suit, neoprene pants, and/or a paddling jacket to stay warm and dry in those splashes.
Use a space blanket to warm yourself [...]

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    What If There Are Record High Temperatures on My River Trip?

What If There Are Record High Temperatures on My River Trip?

This weekend and into next week, Grand Canyon is staring down temperatures well over 100 degrees, so we thought now would be a good time to give you some tips for keeping cool in the desert.


First, and foremost—WATER IS YOUR BEST FRIEND!

Luckily, you’ll be spending your days traveling down the Colorado River and your nights camped out beside it, so you’ll have lots of access to water. Here are a couple of ways to use water to your advantage:

Drink it! And lots of it! There’s a common saying in the desert that if you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Keep your water bottle within easy access and drink from it throughout the day. In addition to water, you’ll want to drink plenty of Gatorade or Lemonade to replenish the electrolytes you lose when you sweat.
Cool off in it. Take advantage of swimming the swimming stops and the [...]

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    5 Ways an Active Vacation with Hatch is Good for Your Health

5 Ways an Active Vacation with Hatch is Good for Your Health


When you hear the words “dream vacation,” what do you think of? An ocean cruise? Beach chairs on a tropical island?

These old standbys are by no means losing their appeal, but in a world where we do more sitting in front of screens than ever—for both work and play—many people are looking to spend their treasured vacation time 1) being more active and 2) in more remote locations.

Hatch’s white water rafting trips deliver on both! We’ll take you through the rapids of the Colorado River, up the canyons of the tributaries that feed it, and into the swimming holes and waterfalls you can only find at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Not only that, but it will be good for you!

The National Park Service recently held “Park Rx” events across the country pointing out that “A growing number of public health officials now prescribe time in parks [...]

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    It’s National Park Week! Our Park is Grand Canyon – What’s yours?

It’s National Park Week! Our Park is Grand Canyon – What’s yours?

The National Park Service turns 100 this year. If you haven’t been taking advantage of these Federally protected and managed wilderness and historical sites, there’s no better time to start!

Of course, the park nearest and dearest to our Hatch hearts is the one we spend our days in: Grand Canyon. From the breathtaking rim views of this expansive landmark to the treasures tucked deep inside it, we’ve got nothing but praise, admiration, and just a little bit of pride for our National Park, and we’re over the moon that we get to share it with all of you. Ask your guide what their favorite place in the canyon is, their favorite rapid, their favorite story—they might not be able to pick just one!

We feel most at home with the Colorado River coursing by, and we love company! Book a trip and experience about Hatch’s hospitality first hand.


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What if it rains on my Grand Canyon rafting trip?


Arizona weather can be unpredictable. While we can say, in general, that spring is windy and by the end of October nights will be cold, nature likes to prove us wrong. This means there is NO WAY for us to predict exactly what kind of weather you’ll encounter on your Hatch River Expedition.

The most likely inclement weather you risk catching up to you on the river is a rain storm. Sometimes these last 15 minutes, sometimes an hour, and sometimes it feels like the whole trip. Fortunately, you signed up for a river trip, so you were prepared to get wet!

Still, it doesn’t hurt to have a few things in mind to make your trip enjoyable even when the unexpected happens.

Here are some tips for camping in rainy conditions:

Don’t skimp on the rain gear – Something lightweight is ideal. Just make sure it has a hood that cinches tight, [...]

Win a FREE River Trip in 2017 in our Hatch Photo Contest!

The Grand Canyon is among the most stunningly beautiful places in the world. As you pass between its towering walls, you will surely find more than a few things worth photographing. The plant life, the wildlife, the landscapes, the shenanigans—you’ll take your memories of all of them home with you, but some of you will go even further, capturing them in photos as well.

At Hatch, we want those photos!

We simply can’t get enough of the multiple and varied perspectives our guests’ hundreds of eyes bring to the Canyon every single year. In fact, we value them so much, WE’RE GIVING AWAY A FREE RIVER TRIP to the person who sends in the best one!


The Rules:

Submit your photos for consideration by:

Posting to your Facebook wall publicly with #HatchRiverPhotoContext and #YourCategory
Posting to Instagram with #HatchRiverPhotoContext and #YourCategory, OR
Emailing Subject: “Hatch River Photo Contest” and telling us your [...]

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    REPOST: Practicing Good River Citizenship in the Grand Canyon with Hatch

REPOST: Practicing Good River Citizenship in the Grand Canyon with Hatch

Sometimes Hatch takes such good care of you, it’s easy to forget that the Grand Canyon is a remote wilderness area. The remoteness is part of what makes this kind of trip so great, but it does have its drawbacks. If you forget to grab that extra bottle of sunscreen on your way to the beach or find once you’ve gotten there that you need an extra bag of ice, there is usually a gas station not far away. And, if you’re in a car accident on the way to that gas station, emergency responders are sure to get to you quickly. In the middle of the Grand Canyon, though, amenities are not so readily available, and emergencies may be harder to respond to. Fortunately, there is a community of people boating on the Colorado River who have your back!

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Mary Colter: Quietly Building the Grand Canyon

Don Alphonso de los Pajaros walked one last time among the peacocks. The market crash of 1929 had wiped him out. La Posada, his family home for 120 years, had been sold to the Santa Fe Railway. The childless Don Alphonso whispered goodbye to the birds and old trees, to the art and the furniture, and to the memories collected by four generations of his fabled forebears watching quietly from every corner of the hacienda. ‘Keep watch for me,’ he murmured.1

Thus begins Mary Colter’s fantasy description of the man she imagined when she built her masterpiece, the La Posada Hotel. The tale goes on, describing how the Don’s estancia was passed down generation by generation from his great, great grandparents. She imagined each new Don Pajaro adding his own touches until finally it was sold to the Harveys, and Don Pajaro the fourth walked somberly out the door [...]

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    REPOST: Stories from the River – Life on the Other Side of the Boat

REPOST: Stories from the River – Life on the Other Side of the Boat

You may have noticed we at Hatch have made some pretty big changes to our website recently. In doing so, we’ve lost some of our blog posts! We’ll be working to get them back up over the next week. Here’s one sent in by one of our guests:


Ever wonder what a week on the river is like for someone who’s “not a huge fan of water”? Mattie Albert shared her story with us, and now we’re sharing it with you! Want to see your story here? Email it to!

Life on the Other Side of the Boat
By Mattie Albert

On May 26, 2015 my life changed. And while I’m still working on living out the change, I experienced a glorious paradigm shift that helped me rediscover the freedom of risk, failure, and adventure. And I want to keep the experience closer to the front of my mind for [...]

6 Facts About the President Who LOVED the Grand Canyon

Although Theodore Roosevelt was not the first to take action toward preserving the Grand Canyon, nor was he able to make the place into a National Park during his tenure as president, he may have been the Grand Canyon’s most enthusiastic supporter. Roosevelt felt passionately about the canyon, saying,
It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the wide world…
In 1906, he created the Grand Canyon Game Preserve and then in 1908, he made Grand Canyon into a National Monument. (It was Woodrow Wilson who signed the act making the Grand Canyon into a National Park in 1919.)

So, in celebration of President’s Day, and to thank him for the role he played in helping the Grand Canyon become what it is today, here are 6 facts about our 26th President.


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