An Iconic Look at Our National Parks

Besides grasslands, there are several national parks, forests, historic landmarks and recreation areas in Colorado. These areas represent the history and splendor of the Centennial State’s diverse climates and terrain. They beckon lovers of the outdoors to explore and experience their brilliance.

According to the National Park Service, there were nearly 331 million recreation visits to the national parks in 2017. While it’s wonderful that people visit these landmarks, the visits degrade the land and wear out the facilities. People also leave behind litter and often damage historical artifacts.

Fortunately, organizations like the National Park Foundation are educating the public about issues at national parks and helping to raise funds to protect these areas so that future generations can enjoy their beauty, too.

Longmont resident Rob Decker, who at 19 years old studied under the famed Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park, has explored and photographed the national parks for 50 years and is working to create iconic images of each of one with stunning prints. Decker supports the parks by donating 10 percent of his annual profits to organizations that support our national parks’ educational programs.

“I think it’s important to connect people with nature … and to protect the vibrant culture, rich history and awe-inspiring landscapes of America’s national parks. Perhaps more importantly, we need to inspire the next generation of supporters,” Decker says.

Decker created several Colorado national parks posters including Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve and Mesa Verde National Park. Each national park poster is numbered, dated and signed on 100 percent recycled paper stock with soy-based inks. Check out the collection at