Photographer John Fielder hosts event honoring National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, Nov. 3 | VailDaily.com

Photographer John Fielder hosts event honoring National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, Nov. 3

Our national parks have been hailed at "America's best idea."

John Fielder's photos may be the best images of America's best idea.

Fielder will be at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Thursday with his multimedia presentation "Celebrating 100 Years of Colorado's National Parks and Monuments: Rivers, Ruins and Mountains."

The event starts at 6 p.m. today. Fielder will be around at 5:30 p.m., and after the show with his Colorado coffee table books, guidebook, books and other material, including his latest two books, "Wildflowers of Colorado" and "Colorado's Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild."

He's donating 30 percent of profits to the CMC scholarship program.

Remote resplendence

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The National Park Service turned 100 years old in August. Fielder will share many of his signature images of four of Colorado's national parks and nine monuments, which he captured while traveling by foot and by boat.

"Some areas were accessed by permits that the park service has never given anyone but me," Fielder said.

Backed by a soundtrack, Fielder will provide commentary during the multimedia presentation, detailing his 35 years as a Colorado photographer, publisher, conservationist and teacher.

"It's a slide show where I shut up and let people enjoy the magnificence of Colorado's national parks and monument," Fielder said, smiling.

You know his work

You've seen Fielder's work. His book series "Colorado 1870 to 2000" is Colorado's best-selling book series. Fielder stood where legendary photographer William Henry Jackson stood, 100 years later, and captured the same landscapes. The landscapes had not changed much, but human activity around them has.

Fielder's photos chronicle more than 40 years, exploring the most remote parts of our national parks and monuments.

Fielder's multimedia presentation features images of the Colorado, Yampa, Green, Arkansas and Gunnison rivers and the canyons they run through, early Native American cliff dwellings and ruins, inside and out, and some of the most remote areas of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Speaking of rivers, Fielder said Pumphouse to Dotsero on the Upper Colorado River is his favorite raft run.

It's about 40 miles from his front door where he lives between Kremmling and Silverthorne.

By the way, America's first national park was Yellowstone, established in 1872. The designation was based almost completely on photographs shown to Congress that year.

Several more national parks were designated in similar fashion, and in 1916, the National Park Service was established to manage it all.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

If You Go …

What: “John Fielder: Celebrating 100 Years of Colorado’s National Parks and Monuments: Rivers, Ruins and Mountains.”

When: Thursday, Nov. 3; 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. presentation.

Where: Colorado Mountain College auditorium, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.

Cost: Free

More information: Fileder will hold a book signing before and after the event. Books available for sale and signing include two of Fielder’s latest publications, “Wildflowers of Colorado” and “Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild.” Call 970-569-2900, or go to coloradomtn.edu or johnfielder.com to learn more.