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Class 1 (I) Easy:

Very little whitewater

Class 2 (II) Moderate:

Some whitewater. Small amount of maneuvering required

Class 3 (III) Intermediate: More whitewater. Longer rapids requiring some precise maneuvering Class 4 (IV) Difficult: Long, continuous rapids with difficult, precise maneuvering required. these are generally scouted by your guide before running Class 5 (V) Very Difficult: Extremely difficult maneuvering required. Very dangerous. high probability of capsizing. very rare on commercial river trips. Class 6 (VI) Not Navigable: Unrunnable

Green River - Lodore Canyon Class 3 to 3+ This trip offers excellent whitewater which is generally safe for the entire family. rapids on this stretch require some difficult maneuvering on the part of your guide.

Yampa River Class 3 to 4 Rapids on this trip are generally very fun with very nice sized waves. Of specific interest is Warm Springs rapid, which is a solid Class 4 rapid. However, we give you the option of walking around this one.

Colorado River - Cataract Canyon Class 3+ to 5 This is a whitewater trip. Rapids in Cataract are continuous and very large, especially during the high water months of May and June.

Green River - Split Mountain Canyon Class 2 to 3

Hatch River Expeditions, Inc. P. O.. Box 1150, Vernal, UT 84078 Tel: 1.800.342.8243 or 435.789.4316 Internet: E-mail: Authorized Concessionaire of the National Park Service Special Use Permit Holder USDA Forest Service Licensed by the State Of Colorado Licensed by the State Of Utah

This guide is designed to provide you with information on the ratings of the whitewater and degree of difficulty of each trip. this is a general description. Please note that water levels may change the intensity of whitewater on any river trip. Persons who are reasonably physically fit and are able to hold on tight are generally fine on our trips.

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This is a great all-around trip for just about everyone, especially families. rapids offer good excitement but are generally safe for ages 6 and up.

Green River - Flaming Gorge Canyon Class 1 to 2 This is a great trip for those who may not want whitewater. It is a scenic float with abundant wildlife along the river corridor. If you are concerned about children, call us. There may be times when water levels do not permit your younger child to go during the high water times mentioned above. Persons with heart conditions or other physical limitations should also contact us before reserving.

We’ll See You On The River


he thrills and excitement of whitewater rapids, the serene vistas of breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife,


worry-free relaxation, fresh, hearty and delectable meals,

e serve the finest meals available on any river expedition and take great pride in our food. Meals on a HatchRiver Expeditions are almost a century of recipes and technique, combined with the input of our in-house and award winning professional chef. He has spent many years with us, providing a modern twist to the classic HATCH delights, as only a professional could do. we are able to accommodate special dietary needs such as vegetarian menus, low cholesterol and others. Contact us in advance we can discuss your needs such as vegetarian menus, low cholesterol and others. Contact us in advance we can discuss your needs. we also like to help you celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Let us know how we can make it special for you.

courteous, knowledgeable guides with an emphasis on safety and professionalism, deluxe camping equipment, peaceful splendor, hikes to awesome sites, and of course, just plain fun: These are the elements of an “all-inclusive” river adventure. We have the trip you are looking for whether it’s a family vacation, a group of friends or business associates, or just enjoying yourself with new found friends you’ve just met on one of our expeditions. You might choose to explore one of the magnifi-

Sample Menu


Bus & Don Hatch, Dinosaur National Monument, 1956.

cent canyons of Dinosaur National Monument on the Green and


Fresh Fruits and Juice Deli Salad (Chicken or Seafood) Omelets Prepared to Order  Fresh Shaved Deli Meats Hash Browns Assorted Breads English Muffins and Jelly Wraps Cereal (if desired) Lettuce Fresh Brewed Coffee Tomato Slices Tea and Cocoa Onions Fresh Fruits Snacks ( Chips, Cookies, Sweets) Lemonade and Water

Dinner Appetizers (Cheese and Crackers) 12 oz Hand Cut Ribeye Steak or Boneless Rainbow Trout Fillets Dutch Oven Cowboy Spuds Green Salad French Bread Dutch Oven Dessert

Yampa Rivers located in Utah and Colorado. Or, there is the majesty of Cataract Canyon on the mighty Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. Both areas are just a few short hours from Salt Lake City, host of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Whatever your choice, you’ll go away with memories to last a lifetime. HATCH knows rafting - our name has been synonymous with river running since 1929. Bus Hatch, founder of Hatch River Expeditions introduced a new style of outdoor adventure expeditions. Now, over seventy years, and a half million adventurers later, we’re still going strong, upholding those early traditions of quality and service. We are “The Original River Running Company”. As you prepare to choose an outfitter for your river expeditions, remember...THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR


We invite you to join us!

When it comes to choosing an outfitter for your rafting vacation, how do you know what to look for? What is important to you? Here are a few important elements featured in all of our trips.

Experience: Hatch River Expeditions has been operating river trips for over 70 years. The knowledge and expertise gained by Bus Hatch over his years of pioneering western rivers has been passed down through the years, from generation to generation. We maintain a superior staff of highly skilled and outdoor oriented individuals who love what they do and return year after year to run our rivers. No experience necessary on your part - we’ll provide it.

Bus Hatch “without equal in the tough places.” Grand Canyon 1934

Quality: The definition of quality is

“an inherent or distinguishing attribute; superiority or kind”. At HATCH, we strive to offer our guests the very highest in a quality rafting experience from our modern equipment to our friendly, knowledgeable and congenial guides and staff, not to mention the extraordinary and plentiful meals which get rave reviews from our guests.

Safety: We place a great amount of emphasis on your safety. We want everyone to have a pleasing and satisfying but safe experience with HATCH. Our equipment is rated as some of the safest in the industry and is constantly being upgraded and checked. Our guides complete extensive training in all aspects of river running and are licensed and certified for this type of very specialized adventure.

Reputation: As the first and oldest whitewater rafting company in the world, our reputation speaks for itself. A third generation of the Hatch Family is still going strong today. You can count on us for consistency and the utmost in quality and service. We’ll put our best foot forward for you every time.

Personal Service: We believe in a “hands on” approach to our business by taking an active part in the day-to-day operations. River running is our only business. Our complete focus is on you, our guest and assuring you have a fulfilling and memorable experience. The Hatch Family is always nearby, answering the phones, greeting you, our guests, and you’ll even see us on the river. We’re here to assist you and we enjoy meeting you.


here’s nothing quite like going to sleep along the banks of the river! After a day of rapids, hikes and outdoor activities it is nice to know that you have your own comfortable bed. However, it isn’t always practical to bring your own gear from home. For an additional fee, we can provide you with a sleeping unit (consisting of a sleeping bag,

self-inflating Thermarest® pad, camp pillow and ground tarp) and an easy-to assemble tent with a rain-fly. We provide camp chairs for your comfort at NO charge. Our deluxe sleeping gear is clean, comfortable and affordable. You can rent part or all of the sleeping equipment listed above with advance notice. We do not include sleeping equipment in the price of our trips so you aren’t paying for something you don’t need. Please see insert for prices. Many of our guests prefer to choose ,and setup their own camp, however, your guides are available

Value: You will find our prices competitive. We strive to give you the best value for your vacation dollar without

to help you find the perfect camp spot and , should

skimping on service. You’ll always get the same great trip HATCH is famous for.

you need assistance, help you with camp set-up and

Diversity: Whether you’re traveling alone, with your family, with friends or with business associates, you can count

take-down each day.

on HATCH to accommodate you in fine fashion. Our expedition consultants will assist you in choosing the perfect trip. We can even help you arrange a charter for a group friends, a family reunion or a team building expedition. There’s something for everyone!

Waterproof Duffel Bag:

Commitment To Our Lands: We practice “ minimum impact” techniques to protect our valuable river corridors and assure the future of these fragile lands. Remember our motto, “take only pictures, leave only footprints”.

WE ARE “ The Original River Running Company.”

Large dry bags for your personal gear and smaller dry bags for your day time items are provided at no additional cost.

Camp set-up and other HATCH gear.


ver many years of experience, we’ve found that different things appeal to different people. That’s why we are diverse in the kinds of trips and equipment we offer.

Different rafts and set-ups work best in different areas. Whatever trip you choose, you can be assured that you are getting the finest quality and safest equipment available.

Oar Raft This type of raft is used on the One Day, Green River, Yampa River Expeditions and Cataract Canyon Expeditions (later in the season). Each oar raft can hold a maximum of five guests and will have a skilled and licensed guide manning the oars. Rafts are self-bailing and designed with your maximum comfort and safety in mind.

Motorized Pontoon and Snout Rig These inflatable rafts are motorized and used only on Cataract Canyon Expeditions. They offer maximum excitement and safety during the spring and earlier summer when the water levels in Cataract Canyon are typically higher. The guide operates the quite and environmentally friendly motor from the rear of the raft. they are larger than other types of rafts and more stable.

Paddle Raft If you are looking for a more participatory type of trip, you may want to join a crew in a paddle raft. this type of raft is available on select one Day, Green River and Yampa River Expeditions. A paddle raft depending on size, can hold from four to eight paddlers and will have an experienced paddle captain ( one of our highly skilled guides) giving commands. This option is not for young children. We recommend that you be physically fit for this adventure.

Inflatable Kayak These are small inflatable rafts, similar to a hard shell kayak, manned by one or two guests. Inflatable kayaks can be made available by request on certain sections of our One Day, Green River and Yampa River Expeditions, depending on conditions and water levels and availability. We recommend the ability to understand simple instructions to man an inflatable kayak.


atch River Expeditions was twice featured by National Geographic Society in articles appearing in National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler. We were the outfitter selected by the History Channel in the making of The Powell Expedition. HATCH was also chosen by IMAX producers in the making of the short

film Yampa-The Untamed River for the Denver Museum of Natural History, as well as an outdoor segment Appetite for Adventure for the Food Network. Hatch has been featured in many publications over the years including Outside, People, Paddler, Vegetarian Times and Sunset magazines, as well as, The San Diego Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, and The Salt Lake Tribune, just to name a few. Over the years, HATCH has had the opportunity to serve guests whose names are familiar to everyone and those who are not so familiar. Every guest is a celebrity in our eyes! each person is important, and our number one customer.

Bus in the “Lota Ve”, Idaho 1936



hat sets us apart from other rafting companies? The answer lies in our longevity, and our commitment to providing excellent service to our guests. It’s a family tradition at HATCH and we’re proud to be “The Original River Running Company”.

Hatch River Expeditions has been in the river expedition business for over 70 years. It all began when Bus Hatch turned a weekend hobby into a way of life for the Hatch Family. In the late 1920’s, Bus along with his brothers and cousins built themselves a wooden boat and set out for the Green River, in what is now Dinosaur National Monument, to explore it’s mysterious canyons. Friends and family members thought they were crazy. Other explorers had encountered problems sometimes with disastrous consequences. Even Major John Wesley Powell’s noted expedition in 1869 was not without its problems. Undeterred, the “Dusty Dozen” as Bus and his group had been aptly named, built themselves a wooden boat and set out to run the river. It took a few tries to get the boa1 just right, but after some near disasters, such as losing all of their provisions, they found the right design. The men were captivated by the river and spent as much time as they could spare from their regular jobs out running the rapids. Two more wooden boats were constructed, bringing the fleet up to a total of three. The boats were named, “What Next”, “Who Cares”, and “Lota Ve”. The latter was named after the daughter of Alton Hatch, brother to Bus, as Alton had financed the construction of this third boat. Having conquered the Green and Yampa Rivers, the “Dusty Dozen” moved on to try other seemingly treacherous river canyons, including Cataract Canyon, know as the “Graveyard of

hat makes up an excellent river expedition? The obvious comes to mind. Of course, you need rafts with an the necessary gear and food... plus a guide. Your guide is probably the most important element of the trip you select. He or she is the one you depend on not only to safely navigate the river, but to prepare your food, entertain you and educate you. Hatch guides are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional experience. From the moment you step off the bus at the launch point until the moment you say farewell at the end of the trip, they’ll be there for you. Hatch guides are renowned for their culinary abilities, each with their own special flair for outdoor cooking. After a fabulous meal there’s time for some (mostly true) river stories and an occasional appearance by the guides’ old camp friend, “Hatchmo”. Your guides can also tell you about the history and physical aspects of the river canyons, plus the rich history of our company that started with Bus Hatch, the “Riverman”. Our guides consider the river canyons their home and want to share their well-kept home with you. You’ll go away with an insight into geology, archaeology, the flora and fauna and environmental ethics. All guides are highly trained in every aspect of river running. Each guide is state licensed and certified in wilderness first aid and CPR, as well as safe and proper food handling techniques. Much emphasis is placed on safety, professionalism and service to you, our special guests. Our guides keep coming back to us season after season. They tell us “when you work for Hatch it’s more than a job, It’s an avocation.” “Now that our raft trip is long since over, all we have left are the memories, which are great. The whole rafting team did a great job, on the river and in camp. Please extend my than*s and appreciation to the whole crew. Thanks for a great vacation, hope we can do it again somehow in the not too distant future.” T. Sheeran; Kuwait

Seconds later Bus loses an oar.

“Just a quick note to Id you know, again, what a terrific time we had on the river. The boatmen were once again superb and we fell in love with all of them...we just enjoy being there and away from the rest of the world ~ J Anderson; Cedar

Rapids, IA

Come meet our guides. They,re waiting for you.


he philosophies of Hatch River Expeditions regarding our environment are quite simple. The Hatch Family has been both professional and personal users of our

river canyons dating back to the late 1920’s. These areas have always been special to us, just like home. Bus Hatch, one of the pioneers of river running, and our founder, stressed the importance of protecting the areas to his children and to those he guided down the rivers. We are wholly committed to the continued protection of this valuable resource and maintaining its integrity for many generations to see, for many years to come. We want to show you, our guests, these beautiful and pristine areas and continue to pass along our important message “take only pictures, leave only footprints “ as we have for over 70 years.

“take only pictures, leave only footprints”

the Colorado”. This group had the distinction of being among he first one hundred people to attempt a descent of the Grand , Canyon and also one of the first parties to complete a descent of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Idaho Wilderness. Word of Bus and his crew’s adventures was getting around. It seemed he was being called upon more and more often to take parties of surveyors, engineers, fishermen, hunters and just plain thrill seekers down the rivers. He was beginning to realize these people would actually pay him for his services and river running expertise. He could supplement his income as a carpenter and still do the thing he had come to love so dearly. With the increasing publicity of exploring the rivers and the growing popularity of river running as a sport, Bus found he could not meet the demand with his handThe “Dusty Dozen”, Lodore Canyon 1932. crafted wooden boats. After World War II, he discovered that (Bus Hatch far left) military-pontoon type rubberized rafts could be purchased cheaply and could be set-up to handle the whitewater. Bus also discovered that the war surplus rafts could carry many passengers and provisions. Thus, the first commercial river running company was born. The first concession permit in Dinosaur National Monument, and what is believed to be the first river concession permit in the country, was issued to Bus’s Hatch River Expeditions in 1953. Permits for other rivers were to follow. Bus’s sons were now an active part of the business, helping their father show the river canyons to increasing numbers of people each year. Bus was contacted in 1956 by radio personality Lowell Thomas to navigate the Indus River in Pakistan for Thomas’ Cinerama film, “Search for Paradise”. Bus and his son Don flew to Pakistan with a ten-man raft and a large pontoon for the filming. The stretch of the river selected for filming had never been successfully navigated. The rapids on the Indus were bigger than any that Bus or Don had ever encountered. There were many anxious moments and one member of the film crew was lost in the turbulent waters. The film led to more exposure for the Hatch Family and river running. Bus continued running the rivers he so dearly loved until his death in 1967. Over 70 years later, the tradition continues. The company is still operated by the Hatch Family. Much has changed in the river running industry. Just as the wooden boats gave way to war surplus rafts, the war surplus rafts have been replaced with ultramodern, specially designed, professional equipment. With the explosion of outdoor-oriented family vacations, river running continues to grow in popularity. It is a life-long goal of the Hatch Family to show rafting customers the beauty of the river canyons, while stressing the importance of preserving the canyons and rivers for future generations.

HATCH guest viewing Native American Petroglyph.

“Now we’re safe, now we’re on the river”, Bus Hatch

The “Dusty Dozen”, Idaho 1936. (Bus Hatch lower center)


rip Length: Expeditions in Cataract Canyon are 4 days, 3 nights. 5 day expeditions can be scheduled by special arrangement. Contact us for information. Group Size: Our maximum group size for Cataract Canyon expeditions is 25 guests per trip. 10 guests is the minimum group size we are able to accommodate. We can customize trips for special groups, reunions, etc. Contact us for group rates and special price quotes. Boats: During high water, precision control is needed, HATCH uses 33’ motorized rafts for comfort and safety. Later in the river season, when water levels drop, our skilled, licensed guides row you through this awesome canyon in 18’ self-bailing inflatable rafts. We do not offer paddle rafts or inflatable kayaks on Cataract Canyon trips for safety reasons. Weather: Average summer temperatures vary from 65-80 degrees at night to 90-1 10 degrees during the day. Early spring trips often have cool nights and milder temperatures during the day. Adverse weather may affect average temperatures.

Getting to Moab, Utah

abound. You can almost hear the whisperings of outlaws, trappers and explorers of by-gone days.

per mile above Disaster Falls and the greatest rate of descent is at Hell’s Half Mile which is a drop of 30 feet in less than a half mile. The sustained by the dam at



Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Land of Standing Rocks

headquarters in Vernal, Utah. We transport you to the “Gates of Lodore”, the northern most border of Dinosaur National Monument. Driving

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The nearest major airports are located in Salt Lake City, Utah or Grand Junction, Colorado. Driving time from Salt Lake City is approximately 3 1/2 hours (244 miles), from Grand Junction 1 1/2 hours (113 miles). Charter flights are available from both airports. It is required that you arrive in Moab the night prior to your river expedition departure. A list of accommodations will be included in your “ Confirmation Packet “ upon reservation confirmation.

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Lodore Canyon has rapids with names like Disaster Falls, Hell’s Half Mile and Triplet Falls. The average descent is one foot

Moab is an active, popular town in the heart of the beautiful Red Rock Canyon country of southeastern Utah. It plays host to the thousands who visit southeastern Utah to take advantage of the area’s great recreational opportunities. From Moab, one can conveniently hike in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, mountain bike on the famous Moab Slick Rock Trail, whitewater raft the Colorado River, tackle the thousands of miles of rugged canyon roads in four-wheel drive vehicles or horseback ride amidst the alpine beauty of the La Sal Mountains.

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Pole pine and Douglas Fir are seen on the high ledges and canyon rim. Mountain sheep, deer and other wildlife

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ou’ll marvel at the high vermilion-colored cliffs contrasted by bright green Box Elder trees along the beaches. Lodge

Moab is located 30 miles south of I-70 on US Highway 191 near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. You will find numerous dining and lodging options, guides and information, and all other services a traveler might normally need.

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Upon arrival at the river, you will meet your guides, board the rafts and begin your adventure. There will be time for hiking, exploring, fishing or just relaxing. In the evenings, you can sit around a campfire and listen to the stories of by-gone days. At bedtime, the soothing sound of the flowing river gently lulls you to sleep. Camping each night is along the river banks in spacious camps.


rip Lengths: I through 5 day expeditions are offered on the Green River and 4 days on the Yampa River. 5 day expeditions can be scheduled by special arrangement. Group Size: Our maximum group size for expeditions in Dinosaur National Monument is 25 guests per trip. 10 guests is the minimum group size we are able to accommodate. We can customize trips for special groups reunions, etc. Contact us for group rates and special price quotes. Boats: Our boats are inflatable rafts that range in size from 14’ to 18’. Most common are our 18’ self-bailing rafts. Capacity per raft is from 3 to 6 passengers with a licensed guide. By special arrangement and if water conditions permit, we also offer inflatable kayaks and paddle rafts where each passenger participates. Weather: Average temperatures May through June range from 40-50 degrees at night to 65-80 degrees during the day. July through September temperatures range from 50-60 degrees at night to 85-95+ during the day. Adverse weather may affect average temperatures.

Getting to Vernal, Utah

Approximately 20 miles from the launch point at the head of Lodore canyon, the Yampa River joins the Green River at Echo Park, the site of the imposing Steamboat Rock. You’ll continue on the Green River through Whiripool Canyon and, the last leg of the journey, Split Mountain Canyon with Moonshine, S.O.B., Schoolboy and Inglesby Rapids to end your trip on a high note. From this point, you will take a short bus ride back to our headquarters. The total trip covers approximately 47 miles. On river itinerary is determined by several factors, including length of trip, group preferences and camp

Vernal is bordered on the north by the Uinta Mountains, the largest east-west trending mountain range in the Western Hemisphere. It is bordered on the south by the Book Cliff Mountains and Blue Mountain on the east. Vernal itself lies in what is known as the Ashley Valley. The nearest major airport is at Salt Lake City, Utah. Driving time from Salt Lake City is approximately 3 hours (174 miles). Commuter airlines fly into Vernal from Denver, Colorado. Greyhound Bus Lines also travel to Vernal from Salt Lake City and Denver. Driving time from Denver is approximately 5 1/2 hours (324 Miles). It is required that you arrive in Vernal the night prior to your river expedition departure. A list of accommodations will be included in your “Confirmation Packet” upon reservation confirmation.


“We wanted to tell you again how very much we enjoyed the four day rafting trip on tho Green River. Our guides were exceptional. The food was amazing (better than what mom dreams up at home in four days! ). The entire family agreed it was the highlight of our two week trip to the Southwest”. MKemen; CedarRapids, IA

A Native American cave painting

Vernal is situated in northeastern Utah on US Highway 40 near the Wyoming and Colorado state lines. It is the gateway to both Dinosaur National Monument, 20 miles east, and Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, 35 miles north. The geology of the region makes it of interest to dinosaur lovers and geologists.

Big Horn Sheep resting on the river bank

“I would like to compliment you on your Green River rafttour. Our guide was absolutely great with the kids, yet consideratc of us ‘elders’. All in all it was a wonderful day”. A Fasano; Boxford, MA

This meal includes fresh sliced deli meats and cheeses, an assortment of breads, fruit, vegetables, goodies, iced lemonade and water. After lunch, we’ll finish the remaining 3-4 miles of Split Mountain Canyon. The expedition ends at Split Mountain boat ramp where we’ll board the bus and

contemplate our memories of a great

day during the 30 minute bus ride back to Vernal. Expeditions usually arrive back in Vernal between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., although during high water periods, expeditions may be back in Vernal as early as 2:00 p.m. We provide all food and river gear. We recommend you bring along a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Shorts and swimsuits are the usual attire, but if you tend to sunburn easily, you may wish to wear a long sleeved shirt and pants. Lightweight clothing is best as it dries faster . You may bring cameras, however we recommend that you leave expensive cameras behind and take a waterproof disposable camera. We assume no liability for loss or damage to camera equipment or other personal articles.

Itinerary: HATCH guest ....future river guide?

Green River - Flaming Gorge This expedition is perfect for a first time rafting experience or for those just looking for a short float trip with incredible scenery. Our trip covers approximately six miles of the Green River below


Flaming Gorge Dam.

ction, excitement, history and it is the last major tributary of the Colorado River System that is natural and free flowing. Each spring, May through June, the Yampa offers thrilling whitewater, including Tepee, Big Joe and Warm Springs

Transportation from Vernal to the trip launch point and back is

Rapids, which is considered one of the ten toughest big drops in the country. Warm Springs was just a minor rapid on

the Yampa until June of 1965 when a combination of flash flooding and falling rock from a cliff deposited debris in the river

provided. Expeditions depart from Vernal, Utah at 8:30 a.m. and

making the rapid what it is today. The Yampa River falls an average of 12 to 14 feet per mile. The lowest rate of descent is

return approximately 2:00 p.m. Contact us for availability.

one foot per mile at the launch point, Deerlodge Park, and greatest rate of descent is 31 feet per mile at Tepee Rapid. The Yampa River flows are totally dependent upon run-off from winter snows. As the snow melt ceases, so does the water level. Therefore, the Yampa has a relatively short, but wild season. During peak flow, the water can be very high and swift. In calmer stretches, the river meanders though canyons filled with wildflowers, rich foliage and abundant wildlife.

In addition to rapids, the scenery adds a beautiful dimension. You can expect to see beautiful scenery such as “Tiger Wall”, named for its black streaks called “desert

varnish ”, which is caused from run-off that

leaches manganese from the rocks, causing oxidation. Imposing white sandstone cliffs serve as the backdrop to groves of Box Elder trees. Eagles and falcons majes-

Yampa River Canyon

Native American Petroglyph.

tically soar above the canyon walls. Evidence shows this area was first inhabited by prehistoric cultures, then early Native Americans and later by miners and homesteaders of the 1800’s. You’ll stop along the way to visit ancient Indian sites and other places of historical significance. This trip has been selected by geology professors many times over as a field trip for students.

Steamboat Rock, Echo Park

So, if you’re a geology buff, there’s plenty here for you.

Itinerary Yampa River expeditions depart from our headquarters in Vernal, Utah for the launch site at Deerlodge Park. Driving time is approximately 1.5 hours. Upon arrival at the river you will meet your guides, board the rafts and begin your adventure. There will be time for hiking, exploring, fishing or just


relaxing. In the evenings, you can sit around a campfire and

ur daily river expedition through Split Mountain Canyon on the Green River covers approximately nine river rniles.

listen to the stories of bygone days. At bedtime, the soothing

There are four class II - m rapids in this stretch of river: Moonshine, S.O.~., Schoolboy and Inglesby. It’s the

sound of the flowing river gently lulls you to sleep. Camping

perfect mix of spectacular scenery with just enough whitewater to add a little spice. A perfect adventure for just

each night is along the river banks in spacious camps.

about everyone. We require children to be six years of age. The Yampa River joins the

Itinerary: Split Mountain Canyon

Green River at Echo Park, the site of the imposing Steamboat Rock. You’ll

Expeditions leave daily mid-May

continue on the Green River

through midSeptember from our

through Whirlpool Canyon

headquarters in Vernal, Utah at 9:00

and, the last leg of the jour-

a.m. You’ll take a 1 to 1 1/2 hour bus

ney, Split Mountain Canyon

ride to the launch point, Rainbow Park.

with Moonshine, S.O.B.,

We’ll stop along the way to view Native

Schoolboy and Inglesby

American Pelroglyphs. Once at the

Rapids to end your trip on a

launch site your guides will give you a

high note. From this point, you will take a short bus ride back

short orientation. You’ll be on the water

to our headquarters. The total trip covers approximately 70

by 10:30 or 11:00 a.m.

miles. On-river itinerary is determined by several factors, including length of trip, group preferences and camp proxim-

We’ll run three rapids before stopping at “Hatch Beach” for our famous “buildyour-ownmasterpiece” deli-style lunch.

View from inside a cave, Yampa River Canyon


Lunch on a One Day Expedition

run-off. If it’s wild rapids you want, reserve your spot for a trip in mid May to late June. The in stream flows of Cataract Canyon will gradually decline as summer lengthens. Regardless of the dates you choose, Cataract is full of excitement. Famous rapids of Cataract Canyon include: Brown Betty, Mile Long and Big Drops I, II and III. The last day is spent on Lake Powell, with time for swimming and savoring the last moments of a wonderful trip. Your journey ends at Hite Marina. From there, you’ll take a scenic charter flight back to Moab. The trip covers approximately 106 miles. On-river itinerary is determined by several factors, including length of trip, group preferences and camp proximity.

“ No Man’s Land” canyon with all of it’s marvelous sights, you’ll gaze in wonder at the breathtaking vistas before you. There will be plenty of time for hiking to ancient Indian ruins and other points of interest. Many animals make their homes in this high desert habitat such as big horn sheep, mule deer, great horned owls, whiptail and collared lizards, to name a few. It’s likely you’ll see some pretty amazing wildlife in its natural habitat. Camping each night is in spacious camps overlooking the mighty river.


o much to see and experience! the elements of a perfect adventure come together, making this a must for any adventure traveler. There’s whitewater, hiking and exploring, swimming, magnificent scenery, camaraderie with your fellow rafters or the peaceful solitude of a relaxing vacation. You can have it all!

As we work our way deeper and deeper into the canyon, you can feel the excitement of white water ahead. Get ready to hang on tight! The whitewater you experience in Cataract Canyon rivals that of the Grand Canyon during spring peak

Ancient Indian Ruins

Cataract Canyon slices its way through the heart of majestic Canyonlands National Park. Prior to its designation as a National Park in 1964, Canyonlands and more specifically Cataract Canyon was a “no man’s land”. Major John Wesley Powell explored the canyon and surrounding area in 1869 and gave Cataract its name. Only a handful of successful explorers had made the trip down Cataract Canyon before the first HATCH Expedition in 1932.

“My family and I just returned from an absolutely fabulous raft trip down Cataract Canyon. Everything about our trip was outstanding, but the best part of all-except the beauty of the river and cliffs was the professional treatment we received from our guides. Words can't capture fully the wonderful time we hadwe’re still talking about it. E Danziger

Strata dating back some 300 million years is exposed. Fossils are found in abundance in the Formosa and Hermosa formations. Indians of the Fremont and Anasazi cultures inhabited the area some 800 to 1300 years ago, leaving many clues to their lifestyles. The river environment of this area is truly the educational oasis playground of Canyonlands National Park.

“I have just returned from the Cataract Canyon trip. I have been on several other rafting trips and I must say the trip with your company was the absolute best! I am already looking forward to booking a trip with your company for next year!” D Wilson


Cataract Canyon expeditions depart from the Moab, Utah airport. You’ll take a 40 minute bus ride to the launch site, Potash. Upon arrival at the river, you’ll meet your guides, board the rafts and set your mind for a fantastic journey. Your adventure begins in the placid waters of the

Colorado River. As you wind your way through the awesome

HATCH guest swimming in Dark Canyon

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