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Join us in Canyonlands for a sweet river adventure.

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

I will be working two Cataract Canyon river trips this June. The first is a scout trip June 16-20. The next week I will lead a trip that so far has only 5 passengers. The trip launches on Tuesday June 23 and finishes on Saturday June 27. The cost is $1000+ taxes and a shuttle ride back to Moab after the trip. The shuttle is by air and is about $140. If any would like to join this trip contact Tour West and tell them you are one of my people and sign on. I would love to share this five day adventure with you. If you want to ask me questions about the trip call my cell phone 435-262-0582.
img_2471.JPG Our trip will begin at Mineral Bottom on the Green River.
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Cliff ruins on the Green River.
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The Cross.
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Evening light.
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Hiking in the Doll’s House.
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Great beach for camping at Brown Betty.
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Big fun in the Big Drops.
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Ancient granaries on the Doll’s House hike.
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The view from the Cool Room.
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Looking down on the Stove Pipe Camp.
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The Confluence of the Colorado River and Green River.
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The Two-Holer.
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Looking out from the Two-Holer.
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Red rocks.
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The view from the Turk’s Head.
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The other side of Turk’s Head.
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Looking northeast from the Doll’s House.
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In the Cool Room.
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Ruin near the Green River.
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Looking downstream from the ruin at Fort Bottom.
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The cabin at Fort Bottom.
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The ruin at Fort Bottom.
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Lower Cataract Canyon.
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Two old folks on the trail.
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The Doll’s House.
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Confluence
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Confluence Overlook.
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Evening light after a storm on the Green River.
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Morning light on the Colorado River.

Daily Bread

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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After a summer of river running, gardening and tending the orchard. I am turning my primary attention to potting again. I have made some pots over the summe rbetween thing but for the rest of the year will be pretty focused on the clay thing. Above are some bread pots I made yesterday and today and an image of one of them I made earlier this year with bread made by an artoist friend named Dan Barney.

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Dan and Cass Barney.

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Grand Canyon Expedition Announced

Monday, October 15th, 2012

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Join us September 2014 for the trip of a lifetime in the Grand Canyon.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

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Lee and I are planning a trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon begining September 24 and ending October 11 of 2014. We would like to invite you to join us if you are able. We are organizing the trip through Tour West, a licensed Grand Canyon outfitter. We plan to run for eighteen days from Lee’s Ferry to Diamond Creek, a journey of 226 miles. We will travel in 18′ oar-powered inflatable rafts. The cost of the trip is about $5000 which includes all services on the river and transportation back to Flagstaff from the take out at Diamond Creek.
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We have been taking river trips through the Grand Canyon since 1992. Joe who works as a river guide has completed 48 such trips and Lee well over twenty.
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An oar-powered rafting trip through the Grand Canyon is the ultimate and most sought-after white water adventure in North America. Other rivers may offer comparable excitement, solitude and wonder, but in much smaller doses. No other river allows you to run its length for two weeks, shedding the inessential trappings of civilization, like so much dry skin, as you float past some of the oldest exposed rocks on the planet.
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The Grand Canyon is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in the world, but relatively few people see its glory from the bottom up, or experience its meandering as intimately as in an oar-powered boat, which puts you closer to the water than larger, motor-driven craft.
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If you watched Ken Burns PBS documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” then you will want to come see this premier park as few get to see it.
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If you decide to join us on this trip, expect to be challenged and for your life to be changed. You may forget what the walls of your office look like, or what it’s like to wake to the sound of an alarm. You’ll wake instead to the sound of a cheerful guide calling “Coffee” and serving breakfast at dawn.
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Getting on the water early allows us to make miles in the cool and calm of the morning. We stop frequently to visit side canyons with deep narrow walls, waterfalls and swimming holes, hanging fern gardens, natural chapels and concert halls. There is ample time for hiking, swimming and lizarding on flat rocks in the sun. Lunch is served on beaches or in side canyons, wherever we can find shade. We like to get into camp early to allow time for each participant to find some solitude, and so the crew can prepare wholesome and tasty dinners. If you choose to join us on this trip, expect a degree of renewal far more profound than what you typically experience while on vacation.
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It is hard to convey second hand just how wonderful this place is.
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Pack some clothes and a good book and join us for a truly life altering experience.
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Dream.
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Shared solitude.
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Deep relaxation.
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Sounds that have been happening nonstop for millennia.
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If you are interested in joining us on this journey, please contact Joe or Lee as soon as possible. 435-462-2708 or joe@joethepotter.com We will be happy to answer your questions. Space is limited. We are asking a $500 nonrefundable deposit to hold your place on the trip at this point.

Flower pots and the Yampa River: Signs of Spring.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

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Lee and I spent all of last week on the Yampa River. We launched at Deer Lodge Park in Colorado and ran to Split Mountain on the Green River in Utah. The Yampa joins the Green at Echo Park in the heart of Dinosaur National Monument. It was a glorious if wet week with beautiful people all but one of whom were new to us. It was so nice to catch up with our old friend Mho Salim who was the trip leader.
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The gang. Lee, David, Barb, Masoud, Todd, Mho and Joe the Potter.
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At Harding Hole.
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Signs of Spring.
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Tiger Rock.
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In the Spiral Cave.
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Late light at Harding Hole.
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Steamboat Rock in Echo Park.
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The Great Overhang.
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Lee and Joe ant Harding Hole.
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At home I have fallen back into preparations for the next two firings. I am getting ready for Heritage Day which is May 26 this year.

Cataract Canyon with Adah

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

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Adah and I went down the Colorado River through Cataract Canyon last week with Shonpa Yeshi, Rick Gate, his two children Ali and Ryan. Lee was to have been on the trip but stayed home to attend the awards ceremony for the Ninth International Art Competition sponsored by the LDS Church in Salt Lake City. She was receiving a purchase award and thought it bad form to blow off the ceremony.
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Rick Gate
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Shonpa Yeshi is a student at Wasatch Academy in nearby Mount Pleasant. They are on Spring Break and it was to far for him to go home to the Tibetan refugee camp where he lives in India.
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Rick and his kids Ryan and Alison at the top of the MIneral Bottom road that leads to where we launched our trip on the GReen river 52 miles upstream from the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.
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This is the newly rebuilt Mineral Bottom road. It blew out in a flash flood incident in 2010.
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Adah rowed a lot of the time. I was enjoying being a tourist/passenger. I spelled her from time to time.
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The Butte of the Cross.
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Looking down stream on the Green River from a butte above Fort Bottom.
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An abandoned granary on the river side.
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Camp on the Green River.
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Looking northeast from the Doll’s House at the head of Cataract Canyon. Rick and the kids hiked up to the Doll’s House a few miles down stream form the confluence while I napped and read on my boat. I am still recovering from knee surgery in December and am not able to hike very well.
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Evenings around the camp fire were very good.

Been on the river a bit.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


I’m sorry for the long break in posting. I have been preoccupied with a couple of long Grand Canyon River trips and the attendant catching up at home that six weeks away over two months can bring on. Above is a video promoting our next trip in 2012. Following are several from the last trip. I can’t express properly how important this trip was for me. It brought together a lot of things. I am leaving Monday for another three weeks away, this time Cataract Canyon near Moab, Utah.


Our trip leader Bruce was always saying that if you are in the Grand Canyon and you are too hot it is only because you are stupid. GET WET!


Whether the Little Colorado River is running Mediterranean Blue or muddy it is a great place to stop and play.


This video captures a serendipitous happening at Blacktail Canyon. Leonard and Kathryn Romney are the dancers. Read the blog entry he wrote here .


Our runs at Lava Falls were down the left side, something I haven’t done since the 1990’s. It was a big ride.


Havasu Creek is a must see for every trip through the Grand Canyon. Whether you go long to Beaver Falls or just find a quiet place to eddy out it is a day to remember.

Grand Canyon Photography Adventure: September 21- OCTOBER 8, 2012

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Join other professional and amateur photographers for 18 days in the Grand Canyon traveling by oar powered rafts down 226 miles of the Colorado River.
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Hi,
I’m Joe Bennion a licensed Grand Canyon River guide, potter and amateur photographer. I have been running the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon since 1992. I and my wife painter Lee Udall Bennion now organize special charter trips and lead them through the Canyon. Our trips are all outfitted by Tour West, a licensed Grand Canyon Outfitter. It occurred to us to put together a special trip geared to the needs of photographers. This is not a class or workshop, just a chance to travel with other serious artists during the beautiful low angle light of early autumn on a schedule that is designed around the needs of photographers. The group will be limited to 16 passengers. Spaces will be reserved first come first served by a non-refundable $500.00 deposit. The total cost of the trip will be about $4500.00 pending park service approval. If you have questions don’t hesitate to call me at 435-462-2708 or on my cell phone 435-262-0582.
Joe Bennion
PO Box 186
Spring City, UT 84662
joe@joethepotter.com

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Bass Camp mile 108
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Desert Palisades mile 70.5
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Water Weird mile 33

“If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water”
LORAN EISELY

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Fluted Schist mile 211
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Schist and Mud at Schist Camp mile 96
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Eminence Hike mile 44
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Nankoweep Delta mile 52
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Erica in Clear Creek mile 84
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Louisa and Lee Enter Lava Falls mile 179
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210 Mile Canyon
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Moon Set mile 29
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Morning Ocotillo mile 122
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Nords at Zoroaster Camp mile 84.5
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Stone Creek Collared Lizard mile 132
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Water Marks in Blacktail Canyon mile 120
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Jeff Going Big in Lava Falls mile 179
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Raven mile 29
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Tapeats Creek mile 135
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Marble Canyon Below Cave Spring mile 26
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Clear Creek mile 84
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Mule Deer at Nankoweep Canyon mile 52
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Blacktail Reflections mile 120
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Fern Glen mile 168
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Owl Eyes Camp mile 134.5
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Upstream View mile 33
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Deer Creek mile 136
All photography Joe Bennion

Into the Great Unknown

Monday, September 20th, 2010

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I’m off Tuesday early with my eldest daughter for three weeks in the Grand Canyon working a river trip for the Grand Canyon Field Institute. The showroom is well stocked and open so have at it folks. I’ll be back in mid October to dig potatoes, beets ,carrots and get the holiday pots going. Enjoy the Indian Summer.

The Zuni Trip

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Joe Bennion in Lava Falls from Matt Fahey on Vimeo.

I’ll be blogging about this trip soon. Here is a teaser from Matt Fahey.