John Wesley Powell Comes to Life at Bryce Canyon National Park

On October 14th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bryce Canyon Lodge Auditorium more than a century of time will be washed away to reveal the great explorer of the Colorado River and conservationist of the American West, John Wesley Powell. Through the theatrical gifts and careful studies of Todd Weber, visitors to Bryce Canyon will be able experience living history as part of this Centennial program and meet a man whose contributions to the scientific, environmental, anthropological, and cartographic knowledge of the area can hardly be overstated.

Most famous for his 1869 Expedition, which traveled from Green River, Wyoming through the splendid narrows and treacherous rapids of the Grand Canyon to the convergence of the Virgin and Colorado Rivers in present-day Nevada, John Wesley Powell’s passion for natural sciences, geographic exploration, and his prophetic beliefs on the proper utilization of the Western expanses of our nation continue to be born out in modern times. His profound contributions are reflected in the multitude of geographic features that now bear his name—from Lake Powell, to the southern tip of the Aquarius Plateau visible to the east of Bryce Canyon, known as Powell Point.

At a young age Todd Weber became enthralled with stories of the native peoples, explorers, and fur traders of American history. Through years of reading journals and studying historical accounts of the fascinating characters of America’s past, he became selftaught on the facts and the details of this time in history, creating authentic clothing, firearms and tools of these bygone eras. Along with being an artist and jeweler, Todd has worked as a coordinator and instructor in outdoor education. He now guides on small ships on the Columbia River and throughout Alaska, leads his own tours throughout the west, and brings presentations to various organizations around the country. Todd’s appreciation for the stamina, ingenuity and character that existed in those like John Wesley Powell and helped shape the history of the American West comes through in every program he gives.

Additional information can be obtained at or by calling the park’s information line at (435) 834-5322.