America’s fascination with the outdoors began long before the growth of Hollywood in the early 20th century, and so it has been woven throughout our cinematic history as well. Typically, the role of wilderness in movies has been adversarial, playing on the trope of “man vs.
National parks and forests have provided the backdrop for dozens, if not hundreds of films throughout the years. From faraway planets to jurassic jungles to Old West hide-outs, our great American landscapes have played just about every role imaginable.
Editor's Note: Jenny's blog originally appeared in February 2014 as part of a four-part series in which our staff explore some of the desert treasures we're working to preserve and protect from potential energy and other development. Since publication,
Climate change is forcing many species to embark on a mass exodus out of their native habitats. Sometimes they’re able to find refuge in new areas that can support their biological needs, but sometimes there’s just nowhere to run.
Modern-day Denali National Park and Preserve draws around 400,000 visitors per year, and it isn’t hard to see why. Roaming grizzlies, alpine tundra and the majestic mountain that inspired its name all contribute to its more than century-old status as a national treasure.