EXTENDED VIEWING SCHEDULE - through March 3rd 2010.
america's best idea - national parks
Monument Canyon, Colorado National Monument

Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, Everglades to the Gates of the Arctic – THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA tells the story of the national parks as:
"the story of people: people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists, and entrepreneurs. People who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. It is a story full of struggle and conflict; high ideals and crass opportunism; stirring adventure and enduring inspiration – set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable."

THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Airing nationally beginning Sunday, September 27th. For more information, please visit:

monument events

Come to the Saddlehorn Visitor Center, four miles into the park from the West Entrance Station and view THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA Highlights. This FREE presentation
is a 1-hour preview to the 6-part series.

  • Sunday SEPT 20 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday SEPT 21 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday SEPT 22 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday SEPT 23 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday SEPT 24 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday SEPT 25 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday SEPT 26 3:00 p.m.

Rocky Mountain PBS and Colorado National Monument have partnered to present:
Other sponsors include the Colorado National Monument Association and Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau.

Sunday, September 27 come to the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main Street, Grand Junction, CO
for a live showing of AMERICA'S BEST IDEA. This FREE event starts at at 7:00 p.m.
Come early for a good seat.

On people: "They remain a refuge for human beings, seeking to replenish their spirit, geographers of memories and hope where countless American families have forged an intimate connection with their land and then passed it along to their children."

national viewing schedule

Available at Rocky Mountain PBS at 8:00 p.m. KRMA-6 Denver. KRMJ-18 Grand Junction.
KTSC-8 Pueblo. KRMU-20 Durango. Viewer Services 800-274-6666.

  • Sunday SEPT 27 Episode 1: The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)
  • Monday SEPT 28 Episode 2: The Last Refuge (1890-1915)
  • Tuesday SEPT 29 Episode 3: The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)
  • Wednesday SEPT 30 Episode 4: Going Home (1920-1933)
  • Thursday OCT 1 Episode 5: Great Nature (1933-1945)
  • Friday OCT 2 Episode 6: The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)

Extended Scheduling Plan

*Check Local Listings*

  • Premieres Sunday, September 27, 2009.
  • Expanded premiere strategy for Episode 1: Multiple plays throughout the day and night on Sunday, September 27. Feeds at 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
  • Primetime premiere run (Episodes 1-6): Sunday, September 27 through Friday, October 2, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. each night (same episode plays twice each night).
  • Premiere run streaming of each episode begins the next day after its broadcast premiere.
  • Full episodes available online through October 9, 2009.
  • Weekend marathon run (Episodes 1-6): Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Episodes 1-3): Sunday, October 4, 2009 from 1:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Pledge Run (an episode or episodes TBA): Late November/early December 2009
  • Weekly run (Episodes 1-6): Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. January 27th – March 3rd.
  • Weekly run streaming: Full episodes available online the day after broadcast for one week.

On trees: ". . . trees still growing that were already saplings before the time of Christ, before Rome conquered the known world, before the Greeks worshiped in the Parthenon, before the Egyptians built the pyramids. Trees that are the oldest living things on Earth, and the tallest, and the largest."

local colorado events

Monday, September 7, Colorado Springs:
Concert and screening, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. FREE admission.

Saturday, September 26, Boulder:
Musical guest and sneak preview, 6:00 p.m. FREE admission.

Sunday, September 27, Grand Junction:
Live showing of the first 2-hour episode: The Scripture of Nature, 7 p.m. FREE admission.

For more details click HERE

On rocks: "Where scientists say a river has patiently carved its way to expose rocks
that are 1.7 billion years - nearly half the age of the planet itself."

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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