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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.

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.

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.

Scott Thybony

Hull Cabin is the oldest remaining cabin in the Grand Canyon region of the Kaibab National Forest. It was built 125 years ago by brothers William and Philip Hull - early ranchers, prospectors and guiding entrepreneurs. It's near the remnants of another cabin which belonged to John Hance, the first resident of the South Rim. And as commentator Scott Thybony says, between the sublime views and the deep solitude, it's not hard to see why these early pioneers set up shop where they did.