Scott Thybony

Scott Thybony Commentary

Scott Thybony has been writing and recording commentaries for KNAU, Arizona Public Radio, for several years. He’s a former river guide and archeologist who’s written several books, including Official Guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon, Burntwater, and most recently, The Incredible Grand Canyon. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Outside, and several other publications. Scott Thybony’s interviewed everyone from astronauts to medicine men, and he’s lived with the Navajo in the American Southwest and the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic. He lives and writes in Flagstaff.


Scott Thybony Commentaries
9:06 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: 'The Hotel'

Flagstaff-based writer and Grand Canyon commentator, Scott Thybony
Credit KNAU

Before becoming a national park, the remote western part of the Grand Canyon was a place where a handful of ranchers - with true grit - struggled to earn a living. To make things a little more comfortable, they opened a winter camp deep within the canyon. It was known as "The Hotel" and remains an occasional refuge for hikers. In his latest Grand Canyon Commentary, Scott Thybony tells us about the night he spent at "The Hotel"

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
5:02 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Commentator Scott Thybony Honors The 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act...Grand Canyon-Style

Grand Canyon commentator Scott Thybony's version of texting while driving.
Credit Scott Thybony

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It was a landmark conservation law that gave new protections to more than 100,000,000 acres of wilderness across the country. To celebrate the milestone, commentator Scott Thybony shares the story of his first wilderness experience in the Grand Canyon.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
10:33 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentaries: Saving Tonto The Burro

Tonto on the farm in Indiana. His favorite spot to hang out was the gravel driveway.
Credit The Frecker Family

Wild burros have been living in the Grand Canyon for well over 100 years. They have a reputation as being ornery and stubborn...and destructive to the environment because they overgraze. Back in the 1980's, the Park Service tried to tackle the wild burro problem by allowing people to trap and relocate them before wildlife officials shot the rest. At least one burrow was captured. And, as commentator Scott Thybony tells us, that lucky burro went on to live a life that no one could have imagined.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
1:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentaries: Cliffhanger

Between Hance Creek in the Grand Canyon

Every experienced hiker, river runner and climber I know has made mistakes of one sort or another. Usually it takes a string of them to get into serious trouble, but even then some people manage to pull it off. Whether they do so on skill alone or pure luck is never clear. I once found myself deep in the Grand Canyon clinging to the side of a cliff, unable to move up or down.

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11:04 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: River Dogs

Northern Arizona is full of river runners, many of whom take their dogs downriver with them. Whether it's the Verde or the Salt River, many a mutt has gone along for the ride. And though dogs aren't allowed on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, commentator Scott Thybony says that doesn't mean it hasn't been done.

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5:19 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: 'Mystery Camp'

Cowboy camp. Everything but the canteen...and the cowboy.
Credit Scott Thybony

Writer Scott Thybony loves a good mystery, especially when it involves the Grand Canyon. In his latest commentary, Thybony shares the story of how a missing canteen might be connected to a missing cowboy.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
8:37 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: The Unseen Canyon

Flagstaff-based commentator, Scott Thybony at Comanche Point, Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is - without a doubt - a visually stunning place. But, there's more to that beauty than what can be seen with the human eye. That's something commentator Scott Thybony has learned on his backcountry adventures below the Canyon's rim.

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
4:04 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: Curse Of The Navajo Blanket

Commentator Scott Thybony

Sorting out fact from fiction can be difficult sometimes, depending on the nature of the story. For commentator Scott Thybony, that was certainly the case with an old manuscript from the late 1800's. In his latest Grand Canyon Commentary, Thybony tells us about a story involving a trader on the Colorado River, a doomed romance and a cursed blanket...he's still not sure what to make of it.

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6:42 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary: Cape Solitude

A view of The Confluence from Cape Solitude North
Credit Shane McDermott

Commentator Scott Thybony left today on a trip to Cape Solitude, on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Before he left, he shared some of his thoughts on the significance of the river junction Cape Solitude overlooks. Deep in the canyon below, The Colorado and Little Colorado join together at a place known to many as The Confluence.  

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Scott Thybony Commentaries
9:26 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Into The View: Scott Thybony's Grand Canyon Commentary

Flagstaff-based writer, Scott Thybony

Peering over the edge of the Grand Canyon for the first time can be a sublime experience. The awe-inspiring beauty can overwhelm and take over your senses. But, as commentator Scott Thybony says, not all first-timers are able to go "into the view" of the Grand Canyon. Instead, they remain on the outside looking in.

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