The Adventures of Salt & Soap at Grand Canyon

Full Color • 11″ by 8.5″ • 32 pages • Ages 5 to 6 • Paperback

Publication Date: February 2009
Story by: Lori Rome
Illustrated by: Tanja Bauerle
Published by: The Grand Canyon Association
ISBN-13: 978-1934656044

This is the true story of two puppies who wander into Grand Canyon and experience great adventures. Ultimately, the lovable puppies snuggle into the hearts of everyone they meet along the way.

The Adventures of Salt and Soap at Grand Canyon is the true story of two puppies who wandered into the Grand Canyon and experienced great adventures—multiple rim-to-river hikes, a river trip and a helicopter ride—while ultimately snuggling their way into park rangers’ hearts. Salt and Soap didn’t know they weren’t allowed below the rim of the Grand Canyon—they were just puppies! Their curiosity and love of human companionship carried them through rugged hikes, riverside camping in a violent thunderstorm, the unpredictable rapids of the mighty Colorado River, ranger patrols at Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon, a harrowing helicopter ride back to the rim, and a new life on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Told with compassion and a sense of wonder by the park ranger who adopted the pups, this one-of-a-kind canine adventure tale reveals the kindness of strangers, the ruggedness of the Grand Canyon, and the joy two wiggly, perpetually happy puppies can bring to everyone they encounter.

The actual dogs!

Awards & Recognition

2009 Glyph Awards – Arizona Book Publishing Association
Winner – Best Children’s Non-Fiction


“The story is told with that sense of wonder that is so captivating to children. The emphasis is on positive aspects of life: the friendliness and trust of the puppies, the compassion of strangers, the majesty and vastness of Grand Canyon and the contagious happiness that dogs bring to us all.” –Karen B. London PhD, The BARk Magazine

“For Children of all ages, this delightful book is a rare treat! An amazing TRUE story and the main characters are puppy dogs. Their adventure in the Grand Canyon involves hiking, camping, rafting and helicopter rides, what a treat!” –Customer Review, Barnes & Noble

Fun Facts

  • The Park Ranger that took Salt and Soap in as lost and found items at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, is Lori Rome, who also wrote the book. She became their mom and gave them their forever home.
  • The Adventures of Salt & Soap at Grand Canyon went into its second printing just 7 weeks after its original release. That was one of the quickest reprints Todd Berger, Director of Publishing had seen in the 6 years he had worked at the Grand Canyon Association.


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