Highest Grossing Documentary of 2016

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America’s majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all.

A MacGillivray Freeman Film in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc. with major support from the Giant Dome Theater Consortium

Narrated by Robert Redford

Alternate Title: America Wild: National Parks Adventure (international)

Runtime: 40 minutes

Formatfilmed in 15 perforation/70 mm, DCI- compliant digital, IMAX digital, Dome-customized 15/70, 2D and 3D

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Honors and Reviews

“This IMAX film captures the dazzling beauty of our National Parks…a rip-roaring, heart-pounding, soulful road trip.”
Fox News

National Parks Adventure marks the Park Service’s first 100 years with eye-popping footage…Though favorite parks such as Yosemite and Yellowstone are featured in the movie, National Parks Adventure also shines the spotlight on such breathtaking and lesser-known parks.”
-Susan King, Los Angeles Times 

“Exhilarating…The film should inspire budding conservationists as well as their vacation planning parents, and is sure to delight anyone who appreciates top-flight nature documentaries.”
-Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

“A mind-blowing new IMAX film…No better time than a big centennial year to view that storied backdrop in IMAX dimensions.”
-Jordan Rane, CNN

“A staggeringly beautiful film…National Parks Adventure sums up just what sets [MacGililvray’s] work apart from other large-format movies—superb cinematography, matched by consistently strong writing, editing and soundtracks, as well as a smart, sensitive outlook.”
-Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International

  • Highest Grossing Documentary of 2016
  • Best Film of the Year, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best Original Score and Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor—2016 Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards
  • Nominee in the Special Venue Category—2017 MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Golden Reel Awards
  • Gold Award—2016 Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards—Leisure and Sport category
  • Gold World Medal—2016 New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Film Awards
  • Official Selection—2016 Environmental Film Festival

For Educators

The Educator Guide is appropriate for students in grades K–8 and focuses on the natural sciences highlighted by the film as well as geography, history, and language arts. Activities developed for this guide support Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Download the activity map that is packed with fun facts about the parks to extend your adventure.

Explore the Virtual Field Trip package.

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