Grand Canyon Hiking-Focused River Tours

Hiking Focused Trips

Hiking enthusiasts – Hatch has trips designed especially for you! Only 1 Trip/Year!

The Grand Canyon is filled with side canyons to explore and vistas to photograph. Plus, you get all the fun of careening down the Colorado River’s famous rapids in between. Hiking focused expeditions are offered in April when the temperature is mild and the canyon’s Sacred Datura, Crimson Monkey Flower, Broom Snakeweed, and other flowers are in bloom.

Experience the full canyon from Lees Ferry to Whitmore Wash in 12 days or choose a half canyon trip (6 days in the Upper Canyon or 7 days in the Lower Canyon) if you have a more limited schedule.

We only have 1 hiking focused trip a year and that occurs in April.

Have questions? Read our FAQs or contact us directly.


12 Day Trip

12 DAY FULL GRAND CANYON HIKING FOCUSED TRIP

A Great Experience Start to Finish

Join us for 11 nights and 12 days exploring the beautiful Grand Canyon before the summer heat arrives. Your trip begins in Marble Canyon, Arizona, with complimentary lodging the night before launch. The morning of your launch you are met by our staff for a brief orientation, then you’ll head to Lee’s Ferry where the rafts and crew will be waiting. Your adventure will traverse 188 river miles of the Colorado River through this famous and stunning canyon. Each day you’ll stop to explore a new side canyon, Puebloan ruin, waterfall, or aqua blue stream, and each night after a hearty feast you will fall asleep on a star lit beach. At the end of your trip, you will be helicoptered out of Grand Canyon and then take a fixed-wing plane either back to Marble Canyon or to the Las Vegas international airport. 

2024 Price

$4,998 /person

2025 Price

$5,183 /person

Pre-Trip Stay

Pre-trip stay at Cliff Dwellers or another lodge

Total Distance

188 miles of rafting from Lees Ferry to Whitmore Wash

Exit Transportation

Flight to either Marble Canyon or the Las Vegas international airport


6 Day Trip

6 DAY UPPER GRAND CANYON HIKING FOCUSED

A Great Experience Start to Finish

Spend the night before your trip beneath the Vermilion Cliffs at the Cliff Dwellers Lodge in Marble Canyon and become immersed in the desert’s beauty. On day one, climb aboard your raft at Lee’s Ferry for 6 days of exploring the Upper Canyon. Make your way from the changing rock layers of Marble Canyon – named by John Wesley Powell for its marble-like appearance – all the way to the beginnings of the dark, and beautiful Inner Gorge, with plenty of rapids in between! Along the way, stop for hikes through side canyons to see the ancient geology and more. 

Upper and lower canyon trips will be limited in 2024 and 2025 due to construction planned for Bright Angel Trail by the National Parks Service. Check out our full canyon trips here, or reach out to join our waiting list in case we add additional trips to the calendar later.

2024 Price

N/A

2025 Price

N/A

Pre-Trip Stay

Pre-trip stay at Cliff Dwellers or another lodge

Total Distance

89 miles of rafting from Lees Ferry to near Phantom Ranch

The Hike Out

9.5 mile hike up Bright Angel Trail
Minimum age 12 years old

Exit Transportation

Not included for upper canyon trips


7 Day Trip

7 DAY LOWER GRAND CANYON HIKING FOCUSED

A Great Experience Start to Finish

Meet your Hatch hiking guide on the South Rim at 5am, and begin your 9.5 mile hike down the Bright Angel Trail into the Grand Canyon. Then, join up with your rafts and spend the rest of your trip holding on tight through some of the Colorado River’s most exciting rapids. Stop to hike in beautiful side canyons and see hidden waterfalls. On the last day of your trip, take a scenic helicopter flight out of Grand Canyon and then board a fixed-wing flight to the South Rim or Las Vegas, NV.

Upper and lower canyon trips will be limited in 2024 and 2025 due to construction planned for Bright Angel Trail by the National Parks Service. Check out our full canyon trips here, or reach out to join our waiting list in case we add additional trips to the calendar later.

2024 Price

N/A

2025 Price

N/A

The Hike In

9.5 mile hike down Bright Angel Trail
Minimum age 12 years old

Total Distance

99 miles of rafting from near Phantom Ranch to Whitmore Wash

Exit Transportation

Flight to either the South Rim or Las Vegas international airport

Pre-Trip Stay

Not included for lower canyon trips

Want a Private charter?

Turn your Grand Canyon dream trip into reality with our Private Charter options at Hatch River Expeditions. Perfect for families, groups of friends, or special occasions, our private tour charters offer a personalized and exclusive experience tailored to your preferences. Enjoy the luxury of having a raft to yourselves, guided by our expert team who will curate an itinerary just for you. Whether it’s seeking thrilling rapids, serene stretches for relaxation, or specific hiking trails, we can craft a journey that aligns with your group’s interests and pace. A private charter not only provides flexibility and privacy but also a unique opportunity to bond and create unforgettable memories in one of the world’s most stunning natural settings.