Discoveries America National Parks

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Colorado is truly spectacular! The Rocky Mountains, brilliant blue skies, ferocious storms, snow, steep canyons, swift cascading rivers, giant sand dunes, sandstone pinnacles, high desert ancient cliff dwellings and dinosaurs.  At least that is what this program on Colorado is all about.


  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Curecanti National Recreation Area
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Yucca House National Monument
  • 53 minutes

NP25 REVIEW: Video Librarian 

Another winning entry from Discoveries…America National Parks—the extensive high-def-filmed armchair-travel series from filmmakers Jim and Kelly Watt—Colorado’s Spectacular offers an overview of parks that showcase the state’s incredible array of geological wonders and ancient history.  Among the spectacular sites covered here is Rocky Mountain National Park—two hours from Denver—which straddles America’s Continental Divide, resulting in distinct climate differences found within the 358-square-mile area that includes a variety of wildlife and plentiful campgrounds. The Great Sand Dunes National Park & Reserve is an eerie wonder: comprised of 100,000 acres in Eastern Colorado, the park offers the tallest sand dunes in North America.  Dinosaur National Monument (part of which is in Utah) features the bones of at least 500 creatures from the Jurassic period. An enormous slice of petrified mud from a riverbed is on display at a visitor’s center, dotted with loose bones like candied fruit in a fruitcake. The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument in southeastern Colorado offers evidence of an entirely different, temperate climate that existed there 55 million years ago, including a fossilized imprint of a Tsetse fly (now only found in Africa) and stumps of redwood trees buried in mud from volcanic eruptions. Serving up a lovely overview of Colorado’s national parks, this is recommended. Aud: P. (T. Keogh) 

NP25 REVIEW: The Midwest Book Review 

Part of the Discoveries... America series of beautiful, high-definition documentaries available in both DVD and Blu-ray formats, Colorado's Spectacular showcases the astounding beauty of Colorado's national parks. Striking, panoramic footage of Rocky Mountain National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Black Canyon Of the Gunnison National Park and much more fill this sweeping video essay. The next best thing to visiting Colorado's monuments and nature preserves in person, Colorado's Spectacular is especially recommended for public library DVD collections. 53 min