Scott Thybony Commentaries

Cindy Appel

Flagstaff, AZ – A summer monsoon in the Grand Canyon can mean extreme danger for those trapped within its walls. Thrashing water that arrives without warning can consume everything and anything in its path. Here, commentator Scott Thybony shares his first flash flood experience and his fortunate outcome.

Grand Canyon Outlaws

Jul 20, 2009

From butterfly poachers to outlaw mountain bikers, the Grand Canyon has seen its share of unusual criminals. But the title of strangest crime now goes to a pair of overzealous English majors. Here's commentator Scott Thybony.

Nobody knew the Grand Canyon better than Harvey Butchart did. Over four decades the NAU professor climbed, hiked, floated and bushwhacked 12 thousand pioneering miles below the rim. Here, commentator Scott Thybony tells the story of his last hike with the famous Canyon trailblazer.

Winging It

May 19, 2009

For decades the Grand Canyon has lured countless adventurers on foot and by water. But it's also attracted explorers in the sky, from former fighter pilots to Charles Lindbergh. Commentator Scott Thybony says to get a full sense of the Canyon, you have to see it at least once from above.

Beyond Question

Apr 13, 2009

We're often told growing up there's no such thing as a "dumb question." But those who've guided tourists through the Grand Canyon may beg to differ. Commentator Scott Thybony has fielded his share of tourist queries over the years, some of which really got him thinking.

River Dance

Feb 17, 2009

White settlers and northern Arizona's native peoples have had their share of conflicts over the decades. But there have also been times of companionship and laughter. Commentator Scott Thybony has this story of how dancing can lead to common ground among cultures.

The Great Deer Drive

Jan 21, 2009

The frontier spirit has always been strong in Arizona, the idea that nothing is impossible. Well, commentator Scott Thybony has this story of the Great Kaibab Deer Roundup that proves that some ideas should never even be attempted.


Dec 8, 2008

This month is the 25 year anniversary of one of the most epic journeys ever attempted. Two men crisscrossed the country in canoes, covering 28 thousand miles, including paddling UPRIVER through the Grand Canyon with its 165 rapids. Commentator Scott Thybony has their remarkable tale.

Dance of the Dead

Oct 29, 2008
Scott Thybony

Ghosts and ghouls are something you expect to see this time of year, with Halloween just around the corner. But you might not expect to find them tucked away in a remote corner of the Grand Canyon. Commentator Scott Thybony shares this tale of a haunting journey into the Canyon.

Uncle Jim

Sep 25, 2008

In the early 1900s, one man Uncle Jim Owens killed 600 cougars on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. But like many old westerners, Owens' story isn't so cut and dry. Commentator Scott Thybony has his story