In 1869, as train tracks joined the coasts of the young United States, explorer and geographer John Wesley Powell set out to map and picture the Colorado River in the heart of the Great American Desert. About 100 years later, writer Edward Abbey described a changed landscape, though one that still inspired awe and passion. The landscapes they conjured through words and images transformed the nation's self-image and sense of place.
VOYAGE INTO THE UNKNOWN
Interactive landscape. Join John Wesley Powell on the 1869 exploring expedition of the uncharted waters of the Colorado River.
Interactive cinemascape. Arrive in the Utah desert in the late 1950s when a small group of literary renegades and activists confront industrialization, development and the destruction of the Great American Desert.
CANYONLANDS (The Movie): Edward Abbey and the Great American Desert
Documentary Sample. Follow the writings of Edward Abbey, whose books such as Desert Solitaire and The Monkey Wrench Gang transformed how people thought about the arid American West, and return to landscapes he once wrote about.
ABOUT UNKNOWN TERRITORIES
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