Return from Desolation

11 Min. Watch

After returning from Afghanistan, Garrett Eaton was dangerously close to losing his family and his life to addiction when he found a river-guiding program for American veterans. Trading the ups and downs of daily life for the twists and turns of the wild serpentine rivers of the American Southwest, Garrett immersed himself in nature to regain his sense of calm and make peace with his demons. Noticing the benefits of wild places, Garrett became a part-time rafting guide, and now splits his time between Desolation Canyon, Utah, and the oil fields of North Dakota. His double life raises eyebrows at both of his places of work, but through this arrangement, he can bring home a paycheck and a rejuvenated heart to his wife and four children. Slowly finding his way back from the brink, Garrett rediscovered what he has been fighting for deep in the canyons of Desolation.

Justin Clifton

Justin Clifton is a conservation filmmaker and photographer based in Flagstaff, AZ. His work has highlighted many of the leading land conservation issues of our time, and is currently at work on his latest film, "Return from Desolation."

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