Sharing The Important Places

A father and son reflect on their lifelong journey with one of America's greatest national treasures

By: Tori Shepard + Save to a List



Gnarly Bay's short film, The Important Places, follows father and son on a whitewater expedition down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, where the narrator hopes to recapture something of his father's bygone youth, years after his father first completed the trip as a young man.

Through slow, careful narration and beautiful footage, we see the Grand Canyon and Colorado River as places of awe. The sheer scale and force of the landscape make the old seem younger, the young seem wiser, and everyone seem equally a way-finder, seeking their own paths back to the important places.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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