Gary Ladd has been boating, backpacking and photographing the American southwest for over 50 years. Grand Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Lake Powell and the surviving segment of Glen Canyon are his primary areas of interest. He has made more than 40 river trips through Grand Canyon, completed more than 80 Grand Canyon backpacking trips, made a “double-crossing” of Grand Canyon in 19 hours & 20 minutes, rowed his dory the length of Lake Powell and nosed around many obscure locations along the Arizona-Utah border.
He is a frequent contributor to Arizona Highways Magazine and has been published in Life Magazine, National Geographic books, Air & Space Magazine, Modern Photography, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications, National Park Service displays, greeting cards, books and calendars.
In the 1970s and 1980s Mr. Ladd maintained and used the astronomical electronographic Kron Camera at Kitt Peak National Observatory and Mount Hopkins Observatory (now the Whipple Observatory) in southern Arizona.
He’s getting pretty old and very grumpy now but still scouts around for images and regularly presents geology programs to groups visiting the Page area at Amangiri resort and the Under Canvas campsite.