Stevenson’s book, “Canyon Country Explorations & River Lore: The Remarkable Resilient Life of Kenny Ross,” was recently published.
Stevenson’s presentation will provide insights into how and why the previously untold story about Kenny Ross needed to be told.
Kenny’s achievements from the mid-1930s through the 1980s will be discussed, placing Kenny in context with the geology, archaeology, ecology, and history of the region.
Ross guided numerous hiking excursions into seldom-visited canyons and led river trips down the San Juan River, and Cataract Canyon and Glen Canyon of the Colorado River.
In 1957 Kenny Ross started the river boating company Wild Rivers Expeditions in Bluff.
Stevenson’s book fills in a giant hole regarding the history of river running, as well as the documentation of the now flooded/silted Lower San Juan Canyons and Glen Canyon.
Gene Stevenson has many decades of experience as both a river guide and geologist on the Colorado Plateau.
He has authored or co-authored over 45 peer-reviewed technical papers regarding various geological aspects of the Central Colorado Plateau and has conducted numerous geological field trips and seminars.
He worked 25 years for Wild Rivers Expeditions as a professional river guide.
This presentation is a part of the 2019 Four Corners Lecture Series.