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One of my favorite activities when studying archaeological sites in the Southwest that contain petroglyphs or pictographs is looking for symbols marking the passage of the sun across the sky throughout the year. An exciting Grand Canyon river trip for both myself and our guests each year is our annual "Geology by Day and Astronomy by Night" 7-day trip with Dr. Danny Faulkner from Answers in Genesis. As a Phd astronomer, Danny is not only a wealth of information but also a joy to have on the trip, often

Living beyond the rim means being liberated from the worries and cares of this world. It means embracing a greater purpose and looking forward to eternity with hope and anticipation The Grand Canyon, with its vast expanse and awe-inspiring beauty, draws millions of visitors each year. Yet, for many, their experience remains superficial, limited to a mere glimpse from the rim. It is those who dare to venture down into the canyon's depths who are rewarded with a transformative and profound encounter. Similarly, the journey of faith often finds individuals

Just as the layers of rock in the canyon tell a story of upheaval and transformation, so too does the gospel narrative speak of God's relentless pursuit of humanity's redemption. Every year, millions of people flock to the Grand Canyon, drawn by its breathtaking beauty and awe-inspiring landscape. Yet, beneath its majestic surface lies a story of cataclysmic events, a story rooted in the pages of Genesis. This landscape holds a profound message, embedded within the canyon's very rocks, reminding us of God's power to bring forth beauty from

Whereas catastrophic conditions such as rapid burial and an oxygen-free environment facilitate fossil preservation, today's oceans do not support such phenomena. Within the sedimentary layers of the Grand Canyon lies compelling evidence of a cataclysmic event—a plethora of marine ocean fossils. These fossils, scattered and fractured throughout the canyon's strata, provide tangible clues to the monumental deluge that once reshaped our planet. The discovery of marine fossils and the conditions in which we find them within the Grand Canyon prompts a reconsideration of the prevailing theories regarding its geological history.

Just as a river, when flowing within its banks, nourishes the land and sustains life, so too does a disciplined life overflow with blessings for others. In the rugged terrain of the Grand Canyon, where the Flood has left a signature upon the land, lies a profound analogy for the journey of life—the flowing river. Just as a river coursing through the canyon can bring life and vitality when disciplined within its banks, so too can we, through disciplined living, become vessels of blessing to those around us. Conversely,

The Grand Canyon, with its layers of rock and tumultuous history, is a living testament to this truth. It stands as a reminder of God's judgment upon a sinful world, but also of His redemptive love and mercy. In Joshua chapter 4, we encounter a powerful testament to the faithfulness and miraculous interventions of God as the Hebrew Israelites cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. God commands Joshua to select one man from each of the twelve tribes to take a stone from the riverbed and stack

In embracing the challenge of seeking out our own wilderness, we invite God to speak to us in ways we may never have imagined. Why the wilderness?  Why is it we often see great people of faith, and even Jesus Christ Himself travel to a wilderness place for spiritual preparation, challenge, and growth?  In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, it's easy to overlook the profound encounters with God that await us in places of wilderness, both in the literal realm of nature and in places where

  Since 2008, Canyon Ministries has labored to multiply our Kingdom impact by training and serving ministry leaders through an annual river trip program we call the Christian Leaders Trip (CLT).  God has graced us with the opportunity to be a life-changing resource for college and seminary professors, pastors, missionaries, and organizational leaders who, in turn, can train and equip others for the work of ministry. Through the CLT, we have shared the canyon with over 280 Christian leaders from 28 nations, representing over 130 different educational institutions, ministry organizations,

A tour to Yellowstone National Park is one of the most awe-inspiring places on earth, with its stunning geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. For Christians, the beauty of Yellowstone offers a unique opportunity to reflect on God's creation and the powerful forces that have created it. The True North: Your Guide to Yellowstone and Grand Teton creation tour guidebook offers a wealth of information on the park from a biblical creation perspective, highlighting the spiritual significance of Yellowstone's natural wonders. One of the most remarkable things about

Horseshoe Bend is a spectacular place to visit near the Grand Canyon.  Though technically (and often mistakably attributed) it is not part of the Grand Canyon National Park, which begins a few miles downstream at Lees Ferry.  Nor is it Marble Canyon quite yet.  Horseshoe Bend is in Glen Canyon, and sits about halfway between the Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry. In September of 2022, we took 50 people on an amazing 4-day tour of multiple parks in celebration of the 25 years Canyon Ministries has been leading

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