Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Cedar Breaks, Glen Canyon & Rainbow Bridge

Discoveries America National Parks

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Utah is rich in National Parks, three of which are featured in this program in addition to National Monuments and a National Recreation Area showcasing the spectacular natural splendor of southern Utah.      

  • Zion National Park:
    Massive multi-hued sandstone cliffs with deep canyons and magnificent scenery.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park:
    Hoodoos, created by erosion, are odd-shaped pillars of rock. Here, the largest collection of hoodoos in the world!
  • Capitol Reef National Park:
    Containing a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) called the Waterpocket Fold.  A hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges extending almost 100 miles.
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument:
    Atop the Grand Staircase - Escalante, at over 10,000 feet, a half mile deep geologic amphitheater.  Bristlecone pines, lush meadows of wildflower, crystal-clear night skies and the richness of our subalpine forest.
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area & Rainbow Bridge National Monument:
    Lake Powell, Colorado River, Lees Ferry, Rainbow Bridge... all within over 1.25 million acres, provide unparalleled water-based & backcountry recreation with abundant scenic vistas, geologic wonders, like one of the world's largest known natural bridges, wildlife viewing, hiking, boating, fishing and whitewater rafting.
  • 51 minutes
  • Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Download



NP32 REVIEW: Video Librarian 

This new entry in Jim and Kelly Watt’s high-def filmed Discoveries…America National Parks series—travelogues that are great for planning trips or just armchair traveling—pays a visit to southern Utah to explore a cluster of parks featuring stunning geological formations. First up is Capitol Reef, boasting spectacular scenery and a pitch dark night sky perfect for stargazing. The park is distinguished for its “wonderland” formed by colliding plates beneath the Earth’s crust, featuring a long, rugged mountain range by the Fremont River. Layer upon layer of sediment created rock formations carrying the prints and scratch marks of prehistoric animals, as well as evidence of the first people here—farmers—found in drawings left behind. The Cedar Breaks National Monument has a staggering beauty with pillar-like rock formations and an abundance of wildflowers. Nearby Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a water-based recreation park offering lots of hiking and nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline around Lake Powell. Several hours away is Rainbow Bridge National Monument, with shapely formations and quite a bit of Mormon history connected with the area. A trip to Bryce Canyon National Park—an array of remarkable amphitheaters at a high elevation—reveals so-called “hoodoos,” which were formed by frost and river erosion over eons. Finally, Zion National Park has something for everyone with its springs, hikes, swimming, and camping. Recommended. Aud: P. (T. Keogh)   

 NP32 REVIEW: The Midwest Book Review 

Part of the excellent Discoveries... America National Parks series of high-definition video essays, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capital Reef: Cedar Breaks, Glen Canyon & Rainbow Bridge reveals a wealth of beautiful national parks found in Utah. From the multi-hued sandstone cliffs of Zion, to the geologic monocline known as Waterpocket Fold at Capitol Reef, to the subalpine forest of Cedar Breaks and more, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef is utterly breathtaking, and the next best thing to experiencing the natural splendor of Utah's parks in person. Highly recommended, especially for armchair travelers and public library DVD collections. 51 min.