Scott Thybony Commentary


Scott Thybony’s Canyon Commentaries enhance our understanding of the unique Southwest region - the land, people, cultures, and traditions – through vibrant storytelling, history, and thoughtful reflection.   Visit Scott's personal website

Scott Thybony’s Canyon Commentaries are funded by the Grand Canyon Association, which has supported education and scientific research for Grand Canyon National Park since 1932. More information is available at their website,

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 Aiken - 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.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Map

May 25, 2016
University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections

There are thousands of maps of the Grand Canyon. But Flagstaff-based writer Scott Thybony was only interested in one of them when he sat down to write this month's Canyon Commentary. He wanted to see for himself the earliest known printed map of the Canyon. When he did, he inadvertently found something else; the perfect word to describe its magnitude and beauty.

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. 


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.