Amanda Podmore

Grand Canyon Director

Amanda Podmore - Favorites

Plateau favorites
Little-known facts
  • Was once a ballroom dance instructor
  • Has been making jewelry since college
  • Served in the Peace Corps in Rwanda
  • Best trip ever was a 25-day winter Grand Canyon rafting trip
Favorite books
  • Germinal by Émile Zola
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness by Amy Irvine
  • The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Amanda's Blog


Long-term efforts strive to center Indigenous perspectives in park management and interpretation.

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A hydroelectric dam project in Big Canyon, a dry tributary of the Little Colorado River, would require pumping billions of gallons of groundwater.

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Grand Canyon National Park is carved out of ancestral lands of at least 11 tribes, but Native people make up only a small percent of park employees.

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