Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
The National Parks and Monuments of the United States are America's gifts to herself. The millions of acres that have been set aside guarantee that there will always be wild places for those alive today, and for future generations. This program is part of a series that showcases some of the treasures in this unique American legacy that benefits humans, as well as the flora and fauna of these special places. The red rocks and brilliant blue skies of the Utah have long mesmerized visitors to Bryce, Zion, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks. In a landscape reminiscent of a science fiction movie set, the fantastic rock formations, caused by wind erosion, cast spellbinding shadows in the light of the sun and moon. This episode captures this unique country in films and photographs, as well as in the many journals, letters, and books that have attempted to describe its ever-changing beauty. The history of the region's geology is presented, along with accounts of some of the events that have taken place within the borders of Utah's canyon country.