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.


Of the many twists and turns along the Colorado River, Dead Horse Point is one of the most famous, at least from a Hollywood perspective. It's where the unforgettable ending of "Thelma & Louise" was filmed. It's also a place where real-life-fugitive-drama has played out. In his latest Canyon Commentary, Scott Thybony brings us the tale of two young outlaws who busted out of the Moab jail and headed to Dead Horse Point to hide from the sheriff.

Scott Thybony

"Death by quicksand" has become a cliché in Hollywood Westerns set in Arizona. But in reality, it's practically unheard of. One of the state's only known quicksand deaths happened in 1872 in Paria Canyon. About 130 years later - in the exact same place - commentator Scott Thybony almost became Arizona's second quicksand fatality.

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Hundreds of years ago, indigenous Puebloan women sculpted clay pots and used them to collect water. When commentator Scott Thybony found a potsherd near Wupatki National Monument, it transported him back in time and inspired this month's Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony

Commentator Scott Thybony is no stranger to grueling desert hikes. He's trudged up and down many canyons and mountains in the Southwest, including one that "wasn't really there". In his latest Canyon Commentary, Thybony explains his journey to Spirit Mountain in the Mojave Desert.

Scott Thybony

Writer Scott Thybony has come across many unusual and mysterious things on his treks in the remote regions of the Grand Canyon. In this month's commentary, his discovery of a name etched into a rock leads him to the story of a doomed, grim expedition in the Arctic more than 100 years ago.