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Adam Huff - April 13, 2023   All these factors combined to form Bryce’s remarkable features very quickly in the early post-flood years. One hundred miles north of Grand Canyon lies a typical southern Utah plateau. Peculiarly named the Paunsaugunt, this relatively narrow strip of land juts out above the valley below. Exposed on its sides are beautiful pink cliffs of rock known as the Claron Formation, which have been carved into the world’s largest collection of hoodoos. Numbering in the thousands, these strangely shaped vertical columns of rock extend

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

Coyote Gulch backpacking trip renamed and revamped as Grand Staircase Adventure! Without a doubt, backpacking in Coyote Gulch is one of our most thrilling adventures. With breathtaking sights and exhilarating challenges around every corner, it has become a big hit with guests and a favorite trip to lead for our guides. It has also just received a major upgrade! Our backpacking program launched with a trip to Coyote Gulch in 2020. At that time, we did not have a vehicle suitable for transporting guests and all our equipment to Utah.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 No matter how many times I have experienced or witnessed it, I find myself increasingly amazed by the will and plans of God on display. The other day, while prepping for a Sunset Tour, I went through my usual routine: checking our booking system for information on my guests, committing names to memory as best I can, and reaching out to each party to make direct contact with them before we meet

We often have a phrase we like to use around here, and that’s “forever family”. With an understanding that this place is not our ultimate destination, but as Billy Graham would say, “I’m just passing through this world”, we have the incredible opportunity to make memories together on this earth that may very well be talked about for eternity.  What more GRAND place to make those memories and draw close to our Creator than the grandest canyon on earth? Olive Garden used to say, “When you’re here, you’re family.” Well,

“Last week I did the North Kaibab Trail. It was really busy but beautiful weather and a beautiful trail.  Learned about goals and how they aren't always as important as we think they are. I'll write it down someday.” These were the last words posted to Facebook by our guide, Paul Weaver.  Two days later, on October 13th, Paul suddenly passed away from a medical complication while riding his mountain bike on the trails overlooking Flagstaff. There has only been one other event in my life that brought more devastating

We’d made a mistake.  We all knew it but there wasn’t anything we could do about it.  The previous night we had camped at the end of Coyote Gulch.  It was a nice campsite next to the creek.  And it was quiet. Tonight, we were camped at a popular campground closer to Bryce Canyon.  Our site was next to a hotel parking lot.  We heard crying children, yelling parents, and endless horn beeps as car doors were locked.  Unfortunately, that was just the start of the noise.  We were

I was recently backpacking our Canyon Ministries Grandview Loop in the Grand Canyon.  As I finished scrambling down a scree field from the top of Horseshoe Mesa, I came upon a beautiful campsite at Cottonwood Creek.  The water was falling over a small waterfall and making a pleasant babbling sound. There was a perfect spot for my one-person tent under a juniper tree.  This oasis in the desert made a dream campsite.  I settled into camp, listening to the album Hebrews by Psallos as I fell asleep.  Psallos is

We recently finished another amazing river trip season.  In our 24th year of taking people through the canyon along the Colorado River, God continued to amaze, astound, and inspire us at every turn. While we love exploring and experiencing the features of the canyon, often it’s the people who come our way that are the real highlight for me on a trip. Day and night, the glory of God is revealed through shared wilderness experience and canyon conversation. Of particular joy for me this season was the 7-day trip we

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