Encounter Video presentsRainbow Line

America's Great National Parks


History of the formation of 3 of the most popular National Parks is depicted, along with the first Native Americans, abundant wildlife, and unsuprassed beauty. Features Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon National Parks.

VHS 205 mins total ..... Not Available



The Story of Yosemite National Park -- 70 mins
Breathtaking valleys, gouged by glaciers. Dizzying waterfalls. Soaring peaks. Yosemite's beauty is unique in all the world!

Mountain man Joseph R. Walker was probably the first non-Indian to see Yosemite, in 1833, but not until the California militia entered the valley rounding up the Ahwahneechee Indians was the region discovered. In June, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant, making it a California State Park. It became famous through the writings of Horace Greeley and the efforts of John Muir.

Cinematographer Dennis Burkhart captures in this video the magnificence of Yosemite Valley (El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome), the High Sierra (John Muir Trail, Tuolumne Meadows, Tioga Pass), and the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias.

The camera catches the wildlife roaming the 1,170 square miles of Yosemite, i.e., the mule deer, mountain lion, black bear, coyotes, bighorn sheep, and the rare peregrine falcon. This program reveals why 3.8 million visitors come each year, and stand before awe-inspiring panoramas they will never forget.



The Story of Yellowstone National Park -- 65 mins
Yellowstone, first and last! First in wonders, natural wonders. One of the last great wildlife preserves in America.

Marvel at "Old Faithful" erupting, vast rolling forests, abundant wildlife, thundering waterfalls, gurgling hot springs and mud pots, and the beautiful, haunting wilderness.

Over 2.2 million acres located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, the great Yellowstone National Park was founded in 1872.

The superb camera work of Dale Johnson and Bob Landis captures the natural wonders that captivated the early mountain men of the 1840's: petrified forests, mountains of glass, and rivers that cooked fish.

Thrill to rare and dramatic wildlife action: an antelope doe chasing coyote from her young, a grizzly pursuing an elk in a life-and-death chase, a coyote matching wits with an otter, northern elk migrating in deep snow, and bighorn sheep in mating battles.

See the Yellowstone fire of 1988, and the charred land in full bloom.

Ride with a park ranger into back country.

Enjoy a stagecoach ride to a sunrise cookout.

It's all here .... the magic of the great Yellowstone!

The Story of Grand Canyon National Park -- 70 mins
Astounding! Its magnitude overwhelming. The Grand Canyon, one of the great natural wonders of the world.

Two thousand square miles, a mile deep, approximately 10 miles wide --- no geological feature on earth evokes a wider spectrum of human emotions than does the Grand Canyon of Arizona. It is impossible not to be profoundly moved when confronting such immensity.

It is more than a chasm; it is alive with mule deer, mountain lions, coyotes, bighorn sheep, wild turkeys, blue grouse, blue heron, desert tortoises, and the rare kabab squirrel, found only in the Grand Canyon.

Long before the Spanish arrived, the Anasazi (Ancient Ones) lived here. Included is an exclusive segment, never before filmed, of Shaman's Gallery, a significant Anasazi find of rock paintings in the Grand Canyon area, dating between 2000 B.C. and A.D. 1.

This video traces the story of the Grand Canyon from Major John Wesley Powell's early explorations, to today's 4.2 million visitors who come to gaze and ponder this natural phenomenon.

Cinematographers Dale John and Bill Bacon have painstakingly captured the Grand Canyon's magic light show, bursting and burning with ruby and gold light on layers of granite and limestone.

Established in 1908, Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Grand Canyon a parkland, and said, "Do nothing to mar its grandeur. Keep it for your children, your children's children, and all who come after you."



VHS - 205 min total ..... Not Available (An $89.95 Value if sold separately)



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