Scott Thybony

Canyon Country Commentator

Scott Thybony has traveled throughout North America on assignments for major magazines, including Smithsonian, Outside, and Men’s Journal.  An article  for National Geographic magazine was translated into a dozen languages, and his book, Canyon Country, sold hundreds of thousands of copies.  He once herded sheep for a Navajo family, having a hogan to call home and all the frybread he could eat.  His commentaries are heard regularly on Arizona Public Radio.

Today, the country elects a new president, and along with it, a new First Family. There have been many notable - even infamous - First Family members, including Alice Roosevelt, daughter of former President Theodore Roosevelt. She was independent and brazen at a time in history when women were expected to be demure and take backseats to men. Her father had a problem with her behavior...Alice did not. She remained vibrant and outspoken all her life. Commentator Scott Thybony recounts Alice Roosevelt's adventurous trip to the Grand Canyon nearly 100 years ago as her father prepared to make it a national monument. 


The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah is home to countless fossils and ancient pictographs. It's where commentator Scott Thybony went to look at some dinosaur tracks. But he also found something else: a unique rock art panel that Thybony sees as a bond between ancient and modern people, both trying to understand  the world around them. 


Mutts and Minerals/Catherine Carter

There are countless places to go for a great view of the Grand Canyon. Akin's Perch is one of them. That's where the artist Louis Akin - in the early 1900's - painted one of his large-scale works of a storm swallowing up the Canyon. In this month's Canyon Commentary, Scott Thybony visits Akin's Perch to see the monsoon through a painter's eye.


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KNAU commentator Scott Thybony has driven countless miles of dirt road in his quest to track down stories and adventures. His curiosity often lures him down some of Arizona's worst washboard roads. In this month's Canyon Commentary, Thybony  waxes poetic - and mathematical - about the power of a rough dirt road. 


Bruce Dale / National Geographic

Science supports the notion that everything happens for a reason. Traditional Paiute Indians also believe that. At least that's what commentator Scott Thybony came to believe after he took part in a Paiute sweat lodge ceremony. In his latest Canyon Commentary, Thybony tells us about an experience that brought science and cultural tradition together. 


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