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Six Corners Podcast

Welcome to the Six Corners Podcast. In each episode, we share gripping stories from across all six corners of Utah. Hear stories from passionate Utahns that are full of unexpected insights about the land and our relationship to it. These are the givers rather than the takers, people who exemplify the respectful travel and recreation practices of Forever Mighty and inspire others to follow their lead.

While the name “Six Corners” reflects the shape of the state, it also points to the intersections of landscapes with neighboring states and recognizes that natural formations such as rivers and mountain ranges as well as wildlife and travelers are not bound by Utah’s borders.

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Chapter 2: Confluence — Voices from San Juan County and Navajo Nation


Chapter 2, Part 8 | Gilmore Scott

Gilmore Scott grew up on the Navajo Nation doodling cartoon characters he saw on television. Teachers and peers encouraged him to pursue art as a career. Somewhere along the way he became a public lands forest firefighter and learned to look at the landscape he loves to portray in new ways. 


Chapter 2, Part 7 | Steve Simpson

For Steve Simpson (owner of Twin Rocks Trading Post) growing up in Bluff, Utah, near Bears Ears National Monument meant exploring canyons to look for ancient ruins or cooling off in the San Juan River. After a lifetime of wandering the landscape around his childhood home, Simpson still wanders the land looking for, and easily finding, inspiration and wonder. 


Chapter 2, Part 6 | Willie Grayeyes

Willie Grayeyes started herding sheep as a three-year-old while living on Navajo Mountain. He later rode a donkey for miles to get water for his family. He ended up spending 16 years on the Navajo Nation Council and now serves as chair of the San Juan County Board of Commissioners. He is also a strong proponent of Bear Ears National Monument.


Chapter 2, Part 5 | Heidi Redd

Ranching, particularly in the desert, is a tough life. And when the ranch she loved came under threat, Heidi Redd found a unique way to protect it. Now, long after she has left the ranch for the last time, the landscape east of Canyonlands National Park will be protected from development.


Chapter 2, Part 4 | Dave Bastian

Dave Bastian traveled to Utah to visit family as a child and always felt a pull to come back. He moved to Utah as an adult to partake in the diversity of outdoor experiences available in the Beehive state. Today, he manages a youth corps program in the Four Corners area as part of a stewardship program.


Chapter 2, Part 3 | Steve Young

Steve Young was part of the local volunteer search and rescue team by the age of 13. So it is no surprise he ended up helping people enjoy the outdoors as a guide before moving on to his current job as a National Park Service river ranger on perhaps the most famous whitewater river in the country.


Chapter 2, Part 2 | Vaughn Hadenfeldt

Vaughn Hadenfeldt developed an interest in archaeology at an early age, so it was not a surprise when he started guiding people to some of the numerous ancient cultural sites in southeastern Utah. He also ended up leading research teams to thoroughly document the locations. Through the years he preached a soft impact on the fragile landscape to protect the precious places he was sharing. 


Chapter 2, Part 1 | Nikki Cooley

Nikki Cooley spent her childhood wandering the southwest desert herding sheep, then took up guiding river trips and now leads efforts to help Native American tribes cope with, and help prevent, climate change.

The draw of the river was so strong, there were times Nikki did her college homework on the water while learning how to be a guide. Hear about her journey and commitment to hard work that built and sustains her powerful connection to the river and place.

Chapter 1: Grand View Point — Southeastern Utah


Chapter 1, Part 1 | Brody Young

While on patrol one fateful November night, Moab park ranger Brody Young was shot nine times and left for dead in Utah’s red rock desert. In our first episode of the Six Corners Podcast, Brody recounts his harrowing story of personal tragedy and how the landscape at the epicenter of it helped him heal. (Read: How the Life of One Utah State Park Ranger Reveals the Healing Power of Nature)


Chapter 1, Part 2 | Kirstin Peterson

Moab’s slickrock and sand lures thousands of mountain bikers each year who come hungry for a taste of red on their tread, but unprecedented popularity in the past year has had a profound impact on the surrounding environment. Rim Mountain Bike Tours owner Kirstin Peterson walks us through the unique challenges Moab is facing today and what it needs to be protected tomorrow.


Chapter 1, Part 3 | Kara Dohrenwend

Rain is uncommon in Utah’s dry southeastern corner, but delicate plant life can still be found blossoming across its fiery red soil. What makes this flora so special and what is being done to protect it? Kara Dohrenwend, owner of Rim to Rim Restoration, shares her insights from working to revegetate the Upper Colorado Plateau.


Chapter 1, Part 4 | Joette Langianese

While many of us were just waking up this summer, Arches National Park was already closing — as early as 7 a.m. — due to overcrowding. It’s become the center of a national conversation: how do we protect the parks in an era of high visitation and viral social media posts that leave no natural wonder undiscovered? In this episode, we talk with Moab Mayor-elect and executive director of Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, Joette Langianese, about the Arches problem.


Chapter 1, Part 5 | Spencer Stokes

It’s home to the best view in Moab you’ve probably never heard of, but there’s more to Dead Horse Point than its stunning, big screen-worthy vistas of the Colorado River. Park ranger Spencer Stokes sits down with us to share some of his favorite ways to experience Dead Horse Point State Park at the rim and beyond.


Chapter 1, Part 6 | Betsy Bryne

Mill Creek winds its way through a beautiful red rock canyon and right into the heart of Moab. Once a quiet local favorite, you can now expect to see thousands of visitors hiking, swimming and recreating in the area each year. In our final Six Corners episode of this series, we speak with Betsy Bryne, a landscape architect with the National Park Service, who is working to preserve and maintain accessibility to Moab’s Mill Creek.

Remember to PREP

When preparing for the interviews, producer Matt Linton landed on a simple shorthand to communicate the focus of the show. His acronym, PREP, captures four practices he discusses with some of the guests: Prepare, Respect, Enjoy and Preserve

Prepare: Take time to research and learn about where you are traveling to improve the experience and outcome for you, your host community and the landscapes you visit.

Respect: Take care of the locations you visit by traveling thoughtfully, including following the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace and encouraging others to do the same.

Enjoy: Be in the moment by taking time to appreciate your surroundings. When possible, remove yourself from outside distractions such as cell phones and social media.

Preserve: Leave the places you visit as good or better than you found it so all can enjoy them in the future. When possible, contribute by supporting local or giving back.

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