Saddle up for an unforgettable ride along the rugged trails, rolling
prairies and wide-open ranges of Cowboy
Country. Along the way you'll meet legendary heroes, warriors and
scoundrels... visit frontier towns, outposts and tribal villages... and relive
the events that made the American West famous. Packed with vivid reenactments,
colorful characters, historic photos and films, and fascinating facts, Cowboy Country is an
entertaining journey through the real West of yesterday and today.
Please Note: These DVDs contain small references to the earth being millions of years old.
The American Cowboy – Rodeos and Roundups, Dude Ranches,
Modern-Day Cowboys, and Hollywood Comes to Cowboy Country
Rodeos and RoundupsEach year, more than 700 rodeos are held across the U.S. These competitions
are deeply rooted in the workday reality of the cowboy—a reality that still
exists on ranches throughout the American West today. We explore both worlds.
Dude RanchesThe American West is home to hundreds of places where city slickers can
experience cowboy life, if only for a few days or so. Ranch living is a
"hands-on" experience that draws hundreds of thousands of people of
all ages every year, many of them from Europe and Asia. We'll visit them and
see why this kind of vacation is so popular.
Modern-Day CowboysThe cowboy ideal is a continuing presence in the American West. We showcase
the people and the events that continue to nourish this ideal.
Hollywood Comes to
Cowboy CountryHollywood's portrayal of the American West may not always have been
accurate, but it has certainly helped preserve interest in this colorful period
of American history. Classic Western films are entwined with a time when
bravery and purpose were the rule rather than the exception. We revisit some of
the stars of this genre and the places where they made their celluloid magic,
to examine why the Western movie has proved to be so enduring.
American Journeys – Cowboy Country Journeys, Rail Journeys,
Critters of Cowboy Country
Cowboy Country JourneysThe American West is home to some of the world's most fantastic terrain. So
by horseback, canoe, river raft, jeep and llama pack, we see how the pioneer
spirit to explore and discover is still very much alive and well.
Rail JourneysNothing so fundamentally changed the American West as did the "iron
horse." This new form of transportation created fortunes, hastened the end
of ancient cultures and shaped a new world. So climb aboard as we travel
through the past and the present on America's Western railroads.
Critters of Cowboy
CountryAcross the American West, few treasures are as precious as the wildlife that
roams this vast area. But for many of these animals—the bison, the elk, the
deer, the wild horses—the days since the wild, wild West have been perilous
times. We visit them in their natural habitats and see what's being done to
protect them for the future.