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Author: Tom Vail

Most often when people think of the Grand Canyon, the first things to come to their mind are the rocks or maybe the river. But there is another fascinating aspect to the Grand Canyon – its wild kingdom of God-created wildlife. I’ve always had an interest in animals of all kinds. Growing up, my pets ranged from the normal dog to snakes, lizards, a monkey, and a chipmunk. They all fascinated me. My thirty-plus years of rafting the canyon have given me the opportunity to encounter much of what

As we go into this season of thanksgiving and the celebration of the birth of our creator, I’m reminded of our need for prayer.  In 2 Thessalonians, Paul made it plain we should boldly ask for prayer.  Paul said: Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Paul openly said "

  I wanted to get this special report out to you right away, as it is a significant issue in the ongoing research in and around the Grand Canyon, and an area of concern for Canyon Ministries. Many of you who have been on river trips with us know Dr. Snelling, and understand his heart for the truth to be told.   On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, a lawsuit was filed in US District Court in Phoenix, Arizona, by Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of Dr. Andrew Snelling, the Director of

  On July 5, my wife Paula and I (along with 7,000 others) had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting for the opening of Answers in Genesis’ Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky. The ark is a full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark as described in the Bible. It is 510 feet long (approximately one and one half times the length of a football field), 85 feet wide (about one-half the width of a football field), and 51 feet high (almost 7 stories) and the largest timber frame structure in the

Cigarette Butt Guy I’ve had the opportunity to travel a fair amount, and from my experience, I don’t see that we (man, in general) have been taking good care of this home the Lord created for us. It doesn’t matter if you live in Los Angeles; New York; No Name, CO; or some third-world country, to some degree all are the same. Trash cans be found almost everywhere. (And yes, there really is a city called “No Name” in Colorado.) Amazingly, one of the things you will find on a

Over the years I have seen a good number of father-son teams on river trips, and it has been encouraging to observe their interactions as they build memories which will last a lifetime. I’ve seen young and old and those someplace in the middle…all a joy to watch. There was the father who has been on 3 trips with us, each with a son the summer after his high school graduation. All 3 sons now have special memories of their time with Dad in the canyon. Then there was the

In 2005, Canyon Ministries started a scholarship fund and became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in order to provide scholarships for pastors and ministry leaders who could not afford a Grand Canyon trip on their own. At the same time, we encouraged churches and ministries to sponsor a trip for their leaders. The program was very successful. In fact, it was responsible for introducing Jon Albert, our present Director, to Canyon Ministries. As an extension to that program, in 2008 we ran the first Christian Leaders Trip (CLT). The CLT

Let’s look at one piece of evidence found in the canyon that supports the Flood model. To me, one of the strongest and most dramatic evidences of these layers being flood deposits is the folding found in the sedimentary layers. Folds, as the geologist call them, are places where the rocks have been bent instead of fractured as you would see along a fault line. Some of these folds are 300 feet high and cross the boundaries of multiple formations. There are several places in the canyon where sediment

Have you ever considered the sequence of creation as laid out in the Bible, compared to the evolutionary story? There are many differences. In fact, besides the timescale, it is a totally different order of events. Obviously they cannot both be true. Here is a list* of just a few differences: And the list goes on. So how do you reconcile the differences if you believe the evolution story and still believe the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God? In this old boatman’s opinion, you can’t! Peace, Tom Tom's prior

I want to tell you about Ron. He came on a 3-day raft trip (which is now our 4-day trip). The first night of the trip he told me something to the effect of “I would really like to believe in a young earth and a global Flood, but to me it seems science has proven otherwise.” My reply was, “Well, keep an open mind and let’s see what you think at the end of the trip.” The next morning we flew into the canyon by helicopter, saw a

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