List of National Monuments of the United States

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The United States has 110 protected areas known as national monuments. The President of the United States can establish a national monument by executive order, and the United States Congress can by legislation. The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorized the president to proclaim "historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest" as national monuments.[1] Concerns about protecting mostly prehistoric Indian ruins and artifacts—collectively termed antiquities—on western federal lands prompted the legislation. Its purpose was to allow the president to quickly preserve public land without waiting for legislation to pass through an unconcerned Congress. The ultimate goal was to protect all historic and prehistoric sites on U.S. federal lands.[2]

President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national monument, Devils Tower in Wyoming, on September 24, 1906.[3] He established eighteen national monuments, although only nine still retain that designation.[4] Sixteen presidents have created national monuments since the program began; only Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush did not.[5] Bill Clinton created the most monuments, nineteen, and expanded three others. Jimmy Carter protected vast parts of Alaska, proclaiming fifteen national monuments, some of which later were promoted to national parks.

Twenty-nine states have national monuments, as do the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Minor Outlying Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Arizona, with eighteen, has the largest number of national monuments, followed by New Mexico with fourteen and California with eleven. Fifty-eight national monuments protect places of natural significance, including eleven geological sites, seven marine sites, and five volcanic sites. Twenty-two national monuments are associated with Native Americans. Twenty-eight are other historical sites, including twelve forts.

Many national monuments are no longer designated as such. Some were changed to national parks or another status by Congress or the President, while others were transferred to state control or disbanded.

List of National Monuments[edit]

Breakdown by federal agency and department[edit]

Six federal agencies in four departments manage the 110 current U.S. National Monuments. Of these, 104 Monuments are managed by a single agency, while six are co-managed by two agencies. Only 77 of the NPS's 78 National Monuments are official units because Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument overlaps with Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

AgencyDepartmentCo-managedTotal managed
National Park Service (NPS)Interior2 with BLM, 1 with FWS78
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)Interior2 with NPS, 1 with USFS20
United States Forest Service (USFS)Agriculture1 with BLM8
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)Interior1 with NOAA, 2 with NPS7
Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH)Defense1 with National Trust for Historic Preservation1
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)Commerce1 with FWS1

National Monuments[edit]

National Monument NamePhotoAgencyLocationDate EstablishedDescription
Admiralty IslandAdis windfall harbor.jpgUSFSAlaska
57°38′N 134°21′W / 57.64°N 134.35°W / 57.64; -134.35 (Admiralty Island)
December 1, 1978Occupying most of Admiralty Island, the 7th largest in the United States, this monument is part of Tongass National Forest in the Alaska Panhandle. It has a large population of grizzly, black, and brown bears, as well as whales, mountain goats, and deer. Most of the monument has been declared the Kootznoowoo Wilderness, restricting future development. The Greens Creek mine lies within the monument.[6]
African Burial GroundAfrican Burial Ground.jpgNPSNew York
40°42′52″N 74°00′15″W / 40.7144°N 74.0042°W / 40.7144; -74.0042 (African Burial Ground)
February 27, 2006Re-discovered in 1991 during excavations for a new federal building, this former burial ground that contains the remains of more than 400 free and enslaved Africans buried during the 17th and 18th centuries was designated a National Historic Landmark memorial in 1993.[7]
Agate Fossil BedsAgathe National Monument10.jpgNPSNebraska
42°24′58″N 103°43′41″W / 42.416°N 103.728°W / 42.416; -103.728 (Agate Fossil Beds)
June 14, 1997The valley of the Niobrara River is known for its large number of well-preserved Miocene mammal fossils which date from about 20 million years ago.[8]
Agua FriaAgfr aguafriariver.jpgBLMArizona
34°09′N 112°05′W / 34.15°N 112.08°W / 34.15; -112.08 (Agua Fria)
January 11, 2000Located around the canyon of the Agua Fria River, it contains more than 450 distinct Native American structures, including large pueblos with more than 100 rooms.[9]
Alibates Flint QuarriesAlfl alibates 20060726164737.jpgNPSTexas
35°34′N 101°40′W / 35.57°N 101.67°W / 35.57; -101.67 (Alibates Flint Quarries)
August 21, 1965Alibates was the quarry site for high-quality, rainbow-hued flint that was distributed throughout the Great Plains in pre-Columbian times. It is jointly operated with the Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and includes the ruins of several Plains Village Indian dwellings.[10]
AniakchakAniakchak-caldera alaska.jpgNPSAlaska
56°54′N 158°09′W / 56.9°N 158.15°W / 56.9; -158.15 (Anikchak)
December 1, 1978Mount Aniakchak, which erupted 3,500 years ago, and the surrounding region make up one of the least visited NPS sites. Surprise Lake, within the volcano's 6-mile (9.7 km) wide, 2,500-foot (760 m) deep caldera, is the source of the Aniakchak River.[11]
Aztec RuinsAztec nima1.JPGNPSNew Mexico
36°50′N 107°00′W / 36.83°N 107.00°W / 36.83; -107.00 (Aztec Ruins)
January 24, 1923The ruins contain Pueblo structures from the 11th to 13th centuries with more than 400 masonry rooms which were misidentified by early American settlers as Aztec. It lies within the World Heritage Site of Chaco Culture National Historical Park.[12]
BandelierBandelier Kiva.jpgNPSNew Mexico
35°47′N 106°16′W / 35.78°N 106.27°W / 35.78; -106.27 (Bandelier)
February 11, 1916A historic district, Bandelier contains Frijoles Canyon, which contains Ancestral Pueblo homes, kivas, rock paintings and petroglyphs.[13][14]
Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington National Monument.jpgNPSVirginia
37°07′23″N 79°45′58″W / 37.123°N 79.766°W / 37.123; -79.766 (Booker T. Washington)
April 2, 1956The Booker T. Washington National Monument preserves portions of the 207-acre (0.84 km2) tobacco farm on which educator and civil rights leader Booker T. Washington was born into slavery on April 5, 1856. The site contains replicas of the house Washington was born in, a smokehouse, a blacksmith shed, a tobacco barn, and a horse barn.[15]
Buck Island ReefBuckIslandReedNM.jpgNPSUS Virgin Islands
17°47′N 64°37′W / 17.79°N 64.62°W / 17.79; -64.62 (Buck Island Reef)
December 28, 1961Most of this 19,000-acre (77 km2) monument is underwater, containing a large elkhorn coral barrier reef that provides cover for a great variety of reef fish, sea turtles and Least Terns. It is based around Buck Island, an uninhabited 176-acre (0.71 km2) island.[16]
32°40′N 117°14′W / 32.67°N 117.24°W / 32.67; -117.24 (Cabrillo)
October 14, 1913This monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542, which was the first European expedition on what later became the west coast of the U.S. The monument includes a statue of Cabrillo and 16th-century coastal artillery batteries built to protect the harbor of San Diego from enemy warships.[17]
California CoastalCalifornia coastal nm.jpgBLMCalifornia
36°53′N 122°11′W / 36.89°N 122.18°W / 36.89; -122.18 (California Coastal)
January 11, 2000This monument ensures the protection of all islets, reefs and rock outcroppings from the coast of California to a distance of 12 nautical miles (22 km), along the entire 840-mile (1,350 km) long California coastline.[18]
Canyon de ChellyCanyon de Chelly, Navajo.jpgNPSArizona
36°08′N 109°28′W / 36.13°N 109.47°W / 36.13; -109.47 (Canyon de Chelly)
April 1, 1931Located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation, it preserves the valleys and rims of the canyons of de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument, all of which are Navajo Tribal Trust Lands.[19]
Canyons of the AncientsCanyons of the Ancients National Monument.jpgBLMColorado
37°22′N 109°00′W / 37.37°N 109°W / 37.37; -109 (Canyon of the Ancients)
June 9, 2000Surrounding Hovenweep National Monument, it preserves and protects more than 6,000 archeological sites, the largest concentration in the U.S.[20]
Cape KrusensternCapeKrusensternNM.jpgNPSAlaska
67°25′N 163°30′W / 67.41°N 163.50°W / 67.41; -163.50 (Cape Krusenstern)
December 1, 1978Co-located with the NHLD Cape Krusenstern Archeological District, this coastal plain contains large lagoons and rolling hills of limestone. The bluffs record thousands of years of change in the shorelines of the Chukchi Sea, as well as evidence of some 9,000 years of human habitation.[21]
Capulin VolcanoCapulin 1980 tde00005.jpgNPSNew Mexico
36°47′N 103°58′W / 36.79°N 103.96°W / 36.79; -103.96 (Capulin Volcano)
August 9, 1916Capulin is an extinct cinder cone volcano that is approximately 59,000 years old and part of the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. The crater is 400 feet (120 m) deep and its rim is more than 1,500 feet (460 m) in diameter.[22]
Carrizo PlainRockCove-CarrizoPlain.jpgBLMCalifornia
35°10′N 119°45′W / 35.16°N 119.75°W / 35.16; -119.75 (Carrizo Plain)
January 12, 2001Carrizo Plain is the largest single native grassland remaining in California. It contains part of the San Andreas Fault and is surrounded by the Temblor Range and the Caliente Range. At the center of the plain is Soda Lake, which is near Painted Rock.[23]
Casa Grande RuinsCasagrande1.jpgNPSArizona
32°59′N 111°32′W / 32.99°N 111.54°W / 32.99; -111.54 (Casa Grande Ruins)
August 3, 1918This monument preserves a group of structures surrounded by a compound wall in the Gila Valley that were built in the early 13th century. They were inhabited by the Hohokam people until they were abandoned in the mid-15th century.[24]
Cascade–SiskiyouSambucus caerulea 8012.jpgBLMOregon
42°05′N 122°28′W / 42.08°N 122.46°W / 42.08; -122.46 (Cascade-Siskiyou)
June 9, 2000One of the most diverse ecosystems found in the Cascade Range, it has more than 100 dwelling and root-gathering sites belonging to the Modoc, Klamath, and Shasta tribes.[25]
Castillo de San MarcosFort2.jpgNPSFlorida
29°53′53″N 81°18′40″W / 29.898°N 81.311°W / 29.898; -81.311 (Castillo de San Marcos)
October 15, 1924This Spanish fort near St. Augustine, called Fort Marion when first protected, served for 205 years under four different flags. Built in 1672, it was involved in sieges with the British while under Spanish command, the American Revolution under Britain, the Civil War under the Confederacy, and the Seminole Wars and the Spanish-American War under the United States.[26]
Castle ClintonCastleclinton.JPGNPSNew York
40°42′13″N 74°01′01″W / 40.7036°N 74.0169°W / 40.7036; -74.0169 (Castle Clinton)
August 12, 1946A circular sandstone fort built in 1811 at the southern tip of Manhattan to protect New York City from the British, Castle Clinton is now located in Battery Park. It later became a beer garden, a theater, the first immigration station (predating Ellis Island), and a public aquarium.[27]
Cedar BreaksCedarbreaksnationalmonument.jpgNPSUtah
37°38′N 112°51′W / 37.63°N 112.85°W / 37.63; -112.85 (Cedar Breaks)
August 22, 1933A natural amphitheater canyon similar to formations at Bryce Canyon National Park, it stretches over 3 miles (4.8 km) and is more than 2,000 feet (610 m) deep.[28]
César E. Chávez2009-0726-CA-NationalChavezCenter.jpgNPSCalifornia
35°13′38″N 118°33′41″W / 35.2273°N 118.5614°W / 35.2273; -118.5614 (Cesar E. Chavez)
October 8, 2012This monument commemorates the life and work of labor leader and civil right activist Cesar Chavez. Called La Paz, the site was Chavez's home for about 20 years, and his gravesite is on the premises. It is also the location of the headquarters of United Farm Workers, which was founded by Chavez.[29]
Charles Young Buffalo SoldiersColonel Charles Young House, front and western side.jpgNPSOhioMarch 25, 2013Charles Young was the first African American to reach the rank of Colonel in the US Army. He was also the first national park superintendent, of Sequoia and General Grant National Parks and a professor at Wilberforce University. His home at Wilberforce is a museum commemorating his life.[30]
Chimney RockView of Chimney Rock Colorado.JPGUSFSColorado
37°11′30″N 107°18′23″W / 37.1917°N 107.3064°W / 37.1917; -107.3064 (Chimney Rock)
September 21, 2012The jewel of San Juan National Forest, the site was once home to the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians. Roughly 1,000 years ago, the Ancestral Pueblo People built more than 200 homes and ceremonial buildings high above the valley floor.[31]
ChiricahuaChiricahua balanced rock.jpgNPSArizona
32°01′N 109°21′W / 32.02°N 109.35°W / 32.02; -109.35 (Chiricahua)
April 18, 1924These pillars of rhyolite tuff are the eroded remains of an immense volcanic eruption that shook the region some 27 million years ago. It was called the Land of the Standing-Up Rocks by the Apache.[32]
ColoradoColorado national monument 20030920 130827 2.1504x1000.jpgNPSColorado
39°02′N 108°41′W / 39.04°N 108.69°W / 39.04; -108.69 (Colorado)
May 24, 1911Monument Canyon runs the width of the park and includes rock formations formed by erosion. The monument includes 20,500 acres (83 km2) of semi-desert land high on the Colorado Plateau and has a wide range of wildlife including pinyon pines, juniper trees, ravens, jays, Desert Bighorn Sheep, and coyotes as well as a range of recreational activities.[33]
Craters of the MoonScoria field at Craters of the Moon NM-750px.JPGNPS, BLMIdaho
43°25′N 113°31′W / 43.42°N 113.52°W / 43.42; -113.52 (Craters of the Moon)
May 2, 1924One of the best preserved flood basalt areas in the continental U.S. contains three lava fields along the Great Rift of Idaho as well as the world's deepest open rift cracks and other volcanic features.[34][35]
Devils PostpileDevils postpile NM.jpgNPSCalifornia
37°30′N 119°05′W / 37.50°N 119.08°W / 37.50; -119.08 (Devils Postpile)
May 6, 1911Once part of Yosemite National Park, this monument is a dark cliff of columnar basalt created by a lava flow at least 100,000 years ago. It also has the 101-foot (31 m)-high Rainbow Falls.[36]
Devils TowerDevils Tower CROP.jpgNPSWyoming
44°35′N 104°43′W / 44.59°N 104.72°W / 44.59; -104.72 (Devils Tower)
September 24, 1906The tower is a monolithic igneous intrusion of volcanic neck rising dramatically 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding terrain. Proclaimed by Theodore Roosevelt, this was the first national monument.[3]
DinosaurDNM Morrison.jpgNPSColorado, Utah
40°32′N 108°59′W / 40.53°N 108.98°W / 40.53; -108.98 (Dinosaur)
October 4, 1915This sandstone and conglomerate bed, known as the Morrison Formation, was formed in the Jurassic Period and contains fossils of dinosaurs including Allosaurus and various long-neck and long-tail sauropods.[37]
Effigy MoundsEffigy Mounds Iowa Sny Magill.JPGNPSIowa
43°05′N 91°11′W / 43.09°N 91.19°W / 43.09; -91.19 (Effigy Mounds)
October 25, 1949This monument preserves three prehistoric sites with 206 prehistoric mounds, notable for 31 unusual mounds in the shape of mammals, birds, or reptiles.[38]
El MalpaisElMalpaisLava.JPGNPSNew Mexico
34°53′N 108°03′W / 34.88°N 108.05°W / 34.88; -108.05 (El Malpais)
December 31, 1987An extremely rough, rugged lava flow covers much of the park, filling a large basin rimmed by higher sandstone that forms large, wind-carved bluffs. It has lava tube caves that stretch over 17 miles (27 km) and the Cebolla Wilderness, a forested rimrock area that features prehistoric rock art and the Zuni-Acoma Trail, an ancient Pueblo trade route.[39]
El MorroElmo-bluff.jpgNPSNew Mexico
35°02′N 108°21′W / 35.04°N 108.35°W / 35.04; -108.35 (El Morro)
December 8, 1906On the site of an ancient east-west trail is a great sandstone promontory with a pool of water at its base. There are inscriptions from the 17th century as well as older petroglyphs made by the Anasazi.[40]
Florissant Fossil BedsFlorisant.jpgNPSColorado
38°55′N 105°16′W / 38.92°N 105.27°W / 38.92; -105.27 (Florissant Fossil beds)
August 20, 1969Huge petrified redwoods and incredibly detailed fossils of ancient insects and plants reveal a very different landscape in Colorado of almost 35 million years ago in the Eocene age.[41]
Fort FredericaFortFredBarracks.jpgNPSGeorgia
31°13′26″N 81°23′35″W / 31.224°N 81.393°W / 31.224; -81.393 (Fort Frederica)
May 26, 1936Built by James Oglethorpe between 1736 and 1748, these remnants of a fort and town protected the southern boundary of the British colony of Georgia from Spanish raids. It was a few miles from the site of the Battle of Bloody Marsh.[42]
Fort MatanzasFortwestern.jpgNPSFlorida
29°42′54″N 81°14′20″W / 29.715°N 81.239°W / 29.715; -81.239 (Fort Matanzas)
October 15, 1924This 1740 Spanish fort guarded Matanzas Inlet, the southern mouth of the Matanzas River, which allowed access to St. Augustine. The monument is managed in conjunction with Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and also protects 100 acres (0.40 km2) of salt marsh and barrier islands.[43]
Fort McHenryFtMcHenryEntrance.JPGNPSMaryland
39°15′47″N 76°34′44″W / 39.263°N 76.579°W / 39.263; -76.579 (Fort McHenry)
March 3, 1925The only place designated a national monument and historic shrine, Fort McHenry is a star-shaped fort best known for its role in the War of 1812 when it successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from an attack by the British navy. It inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner".[44]
Fort MonroeFort Monroe Aerial.jpgNPSVirginia
37°00′14″N 76°18′29″W / 37.004°N 76.308°W / 37.004; -76.308 (Fort Monroe)
November 1, 2011Fort Monroe National Monument spans the American story from the 17th to the 21st centuries: Captain John Smith's journeys, a haven of freedom for the enslaved during the Civil War, and a bastion of defense for the Chesapeake Bay.[45]
Fort OrdFort Ord NM.jpgBLMCalifornia
36°38′21″N 121°44′07″W / 36.639167°N 121.735278°W / 36.639167; -121.735278 (Fort Ord)
April 20, 2012Fort Ord was an Army post from 1917 to 1994. It now has recreational trails and various wildlife.
Fort PulaskiFtPulaskiInside.jpgNPSGeorgia
32°01′37″N 80°53′24″W / 32.027°N 80.890°W / 32.027; -80.890 (Fort Pulaski)
October 15, 1924In 1862 during the American Civil War, the Union Army successfully tested a rifled cannon against the defending Confederates, rendering brick fortifications obsolete. Fort Pulaski was also used as a prisoner-of-war camp during the war. The national monument includes most of Cockspur Island (containing the fort) and all of adjacent McQueens Island.[46]
Fort StanwixFost areal image007.jpgNPSNew York
43°13′05″N 75°27′32″W / 43.218°N 75.459°W / 43.218; -75.459 (Fort Stanwix)
August 21, 1935Fort Stanwix guarded a portage known as the Oneida Carrying Place during the French and Indian War. In 1768, the Treaty of Fort Stanwix was negotiated between the British and the Iroquois, which led to further hostilities. It fell into ruin and was rebuilt in the late 1970s.[47]
Fort SumterFortSumter2009.jpgNPSSouth Carolina
32°45′07″N 79°52′26″W / 32.752°N 79.874°W / 32.752; -79.874 (Fort Sumter)
April 28, 1948Fort Sumter is a Third System masonry coastal fortification located in Charleston harbor, South Carolina. It is best known as the site where the shots initiating the American Civil War were fired, at the Battle of Fort Sumter. Nearby Fort Moultrie is a unit of this monument; it was made of palmetto logs and inspired the flag and nickname (Palmetto State) of South Carolina.[48]
Fort UnionFortunion.JPGNPSNew Mexico
35°55′30″N 105°00′32″W / 35.925°N 105.009°W / 35.925; -105.009 (Fort Union)
April 5, 1956A frontier military post and supply depot in the late 19th century, it sat at the intersection of the Mountain and Cimarron Branches of the old Santa Fe Trail.[49]
Fossil ButteFossilButte.jpgNPSWyoming
41°52′N 110°46′W / 41.86°N 110.77°W / 41.86; -110.77 (Fossil Butte)
October 23, 1972Fossil Butte preserves the 50-million-year-old Green River lake beds, the best paleontological record of tertiary aquatic communities in North America. Fossils including fish, alligators, bats, turtles, dog-sized horses, insects, and many other species of plants and animals suggest that the region was a low, subtropical, freshwater basin when the sediments accumulated, over about a 2-million-year period.[50]
George Washington BirthplaceGeo Washington birthplace.jpgNPSVirginia
38°11′10″N 76°55′50″W / 38.1861°N 76.9305°W / 38.1861; -76.9305 (George Washington's Birthplace)
January 23, 1930Representative of 18th-century Virginia tobacco farms, this site is the birthplace and boyhood environment of George Washington. The entrance includes a Memorial Shaft obelisk of Vermont marble that is a one-tenth scale replica of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. Also within the monument are the historic birthplace home area, a kitchen house, and the Washington family burial ground.[51]
George Washington CarverGeorge-washington-carver-nmon-2.jpgNPSMissouri
36°59′10″N 94°21′14″W / 36.986°N 94.354°W / 36.986; -94.354 (George Washington Carver)
July 14, 1943The site preserves Moses Carver's farm, which was the boyhood home of George Washington Carver, a scientist and educator who developed many uses for peanuts. It was the first national monument dedicated to an African-American and first to a non-president.[52]
Giant SequoiaGiant sequoia-national-monument-jason-hickey.jpgUSFSCalifornia
36°02′N 118°30′W / 36.04°N 118.50°W / 36.04; -118.50 (Giant Sequoia National Monument)
April 15, 2000The monument includes 38 of the 39 Giant Sequoia groves in the Sequoia National Forest, amounting to about half of the sequoia groves currently in existence. This includes one of the ten largest Giant Sequoias, the Boole Tree. Its two parts are around Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.[53]
Gila Cliff DwellingsGilaCliffDwellings NatlMonument.jpgNPSNew Mexico
33°14′N 108°17′W / 33.24°N 108.28°W / 33.24; -108.28 (Gila Cliff Dwellings)
November 16, 1907Located within the Gila Wilderness, the people of the Mogollon culture lived in these cliff dwellings 180 feet (55 m) above the canyon floor from the 1280s through the early 14th century. They lived in five caves with 46 rooms. Henry B. Ailman discovered them in 1878.[54]
Governors IslandFortJay.jpgNPSNew York
40°41′28″N 74°00′58″W / 40.691°N 74.016°W / 40.691; -74.016 (Governors Island)
January 19, 2001From 1783 to 1966, Governors Island in New York Harbor was an Army post, and from 1966 to 1996 it was a Coast Guard installation. Located on Governors Island are Castle Williams and Fort Jay, which served as outposts to protect New York City from sea attack.[55]
Grand Canyon-ParashantPara slide1.jpgBLM, NPSArizona
36°24′N 113°42′W / 36.4°N 113.7°W / 36.4; -113.7 (Grand Canyon-Parashant)
January 11, 2000Located on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon, this diverse landscape includes an array of scientific and historic resources. About 20,000 of the monument's 1,017,000 acres (4,120 km2) are also within Lake Mead National Recreation Area; Grand Canyon-Parashant is not considered an official NPS unit. There are no paved roads or visitor services.[56][57]
Grand Portage050820 GrandPortageNationalMonument.jpgNPSMinnesota
47°58′N 89°41′W / 47.96°N 89.68°W / 47.96; -89.68 (Grant Portage)
January 27, 1960The Grand Portage itself is an 8.5-mile (13.7 km) footpath which bypasses a set of waterfalls on the Pigeon River near Lake Superior. The region was a vital trade route and center of fur trade activity as well as an Anishinaabeg Ojibwe heritage site.[58]
Grand Staircase-EscalanteChinle Badlands.jpgBLMUtah
37°24′N 111°41′W / 37.4°N 111.68°W / 37.4; -111.68 (Grand Staircase-Escalante)
September 18, 1996Preserving 1,900,000 acres (7,700 km2), the monument consists of the Grand Staircase, the Kaiparowits Plateau, and the Canyons of the Escalante. It is notable for its paleontological finds and geology, and it was the first monument to be maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.[59]
Hagerman Fossil BedsHAFO FlowersRiver.jpgNPSIdaho
42°47′N 114°57′W / 42.79°N 114.95°W / 42.79; -114.95 (Hagerman Fossil Beds)
November 18, 1988This monument contains the largest concentration of Hagerman Horse fossils in North America. It protects the world's richest known fossil deposits from the late Pliocene epoch, 3.5 million years ago. These plants and animals represent the last glimpse of time that existed before the Ice Age, and the earliest appearances of modern flora and fauna.[60]
Hanford ReachHare columbia-river.jpgFWSWashington
46°29′N 119°32′W / 46.48°N 119.53°W / 46.48; -119.53 (Hanford Reach)
June 8, 2000Created from what used to be the security buffer surrounding the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, this area has been untouched by development or agriculture since 1943. The area is part of the Columbia River Plateau, formed by basalt lava flows and water erosion, and is named after the Hanford Reach, the last free flowing section of the Columbia River.[61]
Harriet Tubman Underground RailroadFWSMarylandMarch 25, 2013Harriet Tubman was a famed conductor on the Underground Railroad, leading dozens of slaves to freedom. This monument includes sites relating to Tubman's life, including the slave-built Stewart’s Canal and the home of Jacob Jackson.[30] The portion of the National Monument previously managed by the NPS has been redesignated as a National Historical Park.
Hohokam PimaHohokam Pima National Monument.jpgNPSArizona
33°11′N 111°55′W / 33.19°N 111.91°W / 33.19; -111.91 (Hohokam Pima)
October 21, 1972Hohokam Pima is part of the Gila River Indian Community and not open to the public. The monument preserves the Snaketown-Settlement, archeological remains of the Hohokam culture, which lived in the area until 1500.[62]
HomesteadHomestead Freeman School.jpgNPSNebraska
40°17′06″N 96°49′19″W / 40.285°N 96.822°W / 40.285; -96.822 (Homestead)
March 19, 1936Daniel Freeman's homestead was recognized by the United States Congress as the first homestead in the nation obtained through the Homestead Act of 1862. The monument contains a visitor center, a tract of tallgrass prairie, and the Freeman School.[63]
HovenweepSquaretower.JPGNPSColorado, Utah
37°23′N 109°05′W / 37.38°N 109.08°W / 37.38; -109.08 (Hovenweep)
March 2, 1923Hovenweep contains six clusters of Native American ruins. Holly Canyon, Hackberry Canyon, Cutthroat Castle and Goodman Point are in Colorado and Square Tower and Cajon are in Utah. Ancient Pueblo Peoples lived in the Hovenweep area from 1150 to 1350.[64]
Ironwood ForestRaggedTop.jpgBLMArizona
32°28′N 111°34′W / 32.46°N 111.57°W / 32.46; -111.57 (Ironwood Forest)
June 9, 2000Located within the Sonoran Desert, significant concentrations of ironwood (Olneya tesota) trees and two endangered animal and plant species are found within the monument. More than 200 Hohokam and Paleoindian archeological sites have been identified from between 600 and 1450 AD[65]
Jewel CaveJECA formations.jpgNPSSouth Dakota
43°44′N 103°50′W / 43.73°N 103.83°W / 43.73; -103.83 (Jewel Cave)
February 7, 1908Jewel Cave is the second longest cave in the world, with about 141 miles (227 km) of mapped passageways. In the Black Hills, it was discovered in 1900 and is so named because of its calcite crystals.[66]
John Day Fossil BedsJOHNDAY.jpgNPSOregon
44°40′N 120°03′W / 44.67°N 120.05°W / 44.67; -120.05 (John Day Fossil)
October 26, 1974Located within the John Day River Basin, the Fossil Beds have a well-preserved, complete record of fossil plants and animals from more than 40 of the 65 million years of the Cenozoic Era. The monument is divided into three units: Painted Hills, named for its delicately colored stratifications; Sheep Rock; and Clarno. Blue Basin is a volcanic ash bowl transformed into claystone by eons of erosion, colored pastel blue by minerals.[67]
Kasha-Katuwe Tent RocksTent rocks MG 3183.jpgBLMNew Mexico
35°40′N 106°25′W / 35.67°N 106.42°W / 35.67; -106.42 (Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks)
January 17, 2001Kasha-Katuwe is known for its geology of layers of volcanic rock and ash deposited by a volcanic explosion. Over time, weathering and erosion of these layers has created canyons and tent rocks. The tent rocks themselves are cones of soft pumice and tuff beneath harder caprocks.[68]
Lava BedsLavacicles 8238.jpgNPSCalifornia
41°43′N 121°31′W / 41.71°N 121.51°W / 41.71; -121.51 (Lava Beds)
November 21, 1925This is the site of the largest concentration of lava tube caves in North America. It also includes Petroglyph Point, one of the largest panels of Native American rock art. The monument lies on the northeast flank of the Medicine Lake Volcano, the largest volcano in the Cascade Range.[69]
Little Bighorn BattlefieldLittle Bighorn memorial obelisk.jpgNPSMontana
45°34′N 107°26′W / 45.57°N 107.43°W / 45.57; -107.43 (Little Bighorn Battlefield)
July 1, 1940This monument includes the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn between George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry and a combined Lakota-Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho force, Custer National Cemetery, and the Reno-Benteen Battlefield.[70]
Marianas Trench MarineMarianatrenchmap.pngFWSNorthern Mariana Islands, Guam
20°N 145°E / 20°N 145°E / 20; 145 (Marianas Trench Marine)
January 6, 2009Covering over 95,000 square miles (250,000 km2), this marine monument includes the waters and submerged lands of the three northernmost islands of the Mariana Archipelago, the submerged lands of 22 designated volcanic sites, and the Mariana Trench.[71][72]
Misty FjordsMifj inlet.jpgUSFSAlaska
55°37′N 130°37′W / 55.62°N 130.61°W / 55.62; -130.61 (Misty Fjords)
December 1, 1978Located within the Tongass National Forest and called The Yosemite of the North for its similar geology, it also contains the Quartz Hill molybdenum deposit, possibly the largest such mineral deposit in the world. Throughout the monument is light-colored granite, about 50 to 70 million years old (Eocene Epoch to Cretaceous Period), that has been sculpted by glaciers that gouged deep U-shaped troughs.[73]
Montezuma CastleMontezuma Castle National Monument2.jpgNPSArizona
34°37′N 111°50′W / 34.61°N 111.84°W / 34.61; -111.84 (Montezuma Castle)
December 8, 1906Montezuma Castle features well-preserved cliff dwellings built and used by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people around 1400 AD. Several Hopi clans trace their roots to the area, which is not connected to Montezuma. The monument also includes the Montezuma Well, which has been used for irrigation since the 8th century.[74]
Mount St. HelensMSH82 st helens plume from harrys ridge 05-19-82.jpgUSFSWashington
46°14′N 122°11′W / 46.23°N 122.18°W / 46.23; -122.18 (Mount St. Helens)
August 27, 1982Following the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, this area was set aside for research, recreation, and education. The environment is left to respond naturally to the disturbance.[75]
Muir WoodsMUWO4193.JPGNPSCalifornia
37°53′N 122°35′W / 37.89°N 122.58°W / 37.89; -122.58 (Muir Woods)
January 9, 1908Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it protects one of the last old growth Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) groves in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as one of the most easily accessed.[76]
Natural BridgesOwachomo laban.jpgNPSUtah
37°35′N 110°00′W / 37.58°N 110°W / 37.58; -110 (Natural Bridges)
April 16, 1908Located at the junction of White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon, it is part of the Colorado River drainage. It features the second- and third-largest natural bridges in the world, carved from the white Triassic sandstone of the Cedar Mesa Formation that gives White Canyon its name.[77]
NavajoKeet Seel closeup.jpgNPSArizona
36°41′N 110°32′W / 36.68°N 110.53°W / 36.68; -110.53 (Navajo)
March 20, 1909This monument preserves three of the most intact cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people, the Anasazi. The monument is high on the Shonto plateau, overlooking the Tsegi Canyon system in the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona.[78]
NewberryNebe caldera10832l.jpgUSFSOregon
43°41′N 121°15′W / 43.69°N 121.25°W / 43.69; -121.25 (Newberry Volcano)
November 5, 1990Located within Deschutes National Forest, the monument protects the area around the Newberry Volcano and its geologic features. It contains over 50,000 acres (200 km2) of lakes, lava flows, and other geologic features.[79]
OcmulgeeMacon Ocmulgee Earth Lodge.jpgNPSGeorgia
32°50′N 83°37′W / 32.83°N 83.61°W / 32.83; -83.61 (Ocmulgee)
December 23, 1936Ocmulgee preserves traces of more than 10 millennia of native Southeastern culture, including Mississippian mounds. From Ice Age hunters to the Creek Indians of historic times, there is evidence of at least 10,000 years of human habitation. Between 900 and 1150, an elite society supported by skillful farmers lived on this site near the Ocmulgee River.[80]
Oregon CavesOregon Caves p1080458 1024.jpgNPSOregon
42°06′N 123°25′W / 42.10°N 123.41°W / 42.10; -123.41 (Oregon Caves)
July 12, 1909The monument is known for its marble caves, as well as for the Pleistocene jaguar and grizzly bear fossils found in the deeper caves. There are four primary buildings: The Oregon Caves Chateau, The Ranger Residence, The Chalet, and the old Dormitory.[81]
Organ Pipe CactusOrgan pipe cactus arches.jpgNPSArizona
32°02′N 112°52′W / 32.04°N 112.86°W / 32.04; -112.86 (Organ Pipe Cactus)
April 13, 1937This monument is the only place in the United States where the Organ Pipe Cactus grows wild. There are many other types of cacti and desert flora native to the Sonoran Desert. The Bates Well Ranch and Dos Lomitas Ranch are also within the monument.[82]
Organ Mountains-Desert PeaksOrgan Needle.jpgBLMNew Mexico
32°18′N 106°33′W / 32.3°N 106.55°W / 32.3; -106.55 (Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks)
May 21, 2014The protected area includes five mountain ranges that rise above the Chihuahua Desert: Robledo Mountains, Sierra de las Uvas, Doña Ana Mountains, Organ Mountains and Potrillo Mountains. There are approximately 870 vascular plant species, and the area is popular for hiking and climbing.
Pacific Remote Islands MarineHowland Itascatown.jpgFWSUS Minor Outlying Islands south-southwest of HawaiiJanuary 6, 2009The marine monument consists of Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll, and Wake Island, which are in the Pacific southwest of Hawaii.[72]
Papahānaumokuākea MarineAlbatross birds at Northwest Hawaiian Islands National Monument, Midway Atoll, 2007March01.jpgNOAA, FWSHawaii, US Minor Outlying Islands
25°42′N 171°44′W / 25.7°N 171.73°W / 25.7; -171.73 (Papahānaumokuākea)
June 15, 2006Encompassing 140,000 square miles (360,000 km2) of ocean waters and 10 islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands including Midway, it is the largest Marine Protected Area in the world. It is larger than 46 states as well as 7 times larger than all other national marine sanctuaries combined.[83][84]
Petroglyph2004-05-06 07 - Petroglyph, NM.jpgNPSNew Mexico
35°10′N 106°46′W / 35.16°N 106.76°W / 35.16; -106.76 (Petroglyph)
June 27, 1990This monument protects a variety of cultural and natural resources, including five volcanic cones, hundreds of archeological sites and an estimated 25,000 images carved by native peoples and early Spanish settlers. It lies on West Mesa, a volcanic basalt escarpment.[85]
Pipe SpringPisp fort.jpgNPSArizona
36°52′N 112°44′W / 36.86°N 112.73°W / 36.86; -112.73 (Pipe Spring)
May 31, 1923Rich with American Indian, early explorer and Mormon pioneer history, this site shows Ancestral Puebloans and Kaibab Paiute Indian and pioneer life in the Old West, including the cabin where explorer John Wesley Powell's survey crew stayed in 1871. The water of Pipe Spring, discovered in 1858, made it possible for plants, animals, and people to live in this dry desert region.[86]
PipestonePipe quarry 01.jpgNPSMinnesota
44°01′N 96°20′W / 44.01°N 96.33°W / 44.01; -96.33 (Pipestone)
August 25, 1937This monument preserves traditional catlinite quarries used to make ceremonial peace pipes, vitally important to traditional Plains Indian culture. The quarries are sacred to the Sioux and Lakota people and were neutral territory where all tribes could quarry the stone.[87]
Pompeys PillarPompeys pillar boardwalk.jpgBLMMontana
45°59′24″N 108°00′04″W / 45.99°N 108.001°W / 45.99; -108.001 (Pompeys Pillar)
January 17, 2001Pompeys Pillar is a 150-foot (46 m) sandstone pillar from the late Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation next to the Yellowstone River. It has an abundance of Native American petroglyphs, as well as the signature of William Clark, who named the formation after Sacagawea's infant son.[88]
Poverty PointPoverty point 1938 USACE-3.jpgNPS [89]Louisiana
32°38′N 91°25′W / 32.63°N 91.41°W / 32.63; -91.41 (Poverty Point)
October 31, 1988Poverty Point is a prehistoric archeological site that dates from between 1650 and 700 BC and consisting of six earthen rings and seven mounds. The diameter of the outside ridge is 0.75 miles (1.21 km), and the largest mound rises 51 feet (16 m).[90]
Prehistoric TrackwaysPrehistoric-trackways-01.gifBLMNew Mexico
32°21′N 106°54′W / 32.35°N 106.9°W / 32.35; -106.9 (Prehistoric Trackways)
March 30, 2009Prehistoric Trackways contains fossilized footprints of numerous Paleozoic amphibians, reptiles, and insects, as well as fossilized plants and petrified wood dating back approximately 280 million years. (Public Law No. 111-11)
President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' HomeLincoln Cottage 2007.jpgAFRHDistrict of Columbia
38°56′30″N 77°00′42″W / 38.9416°N 77.0117°W / 38.9416; -77.0117 (President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home)
July 7, 2000President Abraham Lincoln and his family resided seasonally on the grounds of the United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home, which was founded in 1851 for homeless and disabled war veterans. The home is co-managed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.[91]
Rainbow BridgeUtah Rainbow Arch.jpgNPSUtah
37°05′N 110°58′W / 37.08°N 110.96°W / 37.08; -110.96 (Rainbow Bridge)
May 30, 1910Rainbow Bridge is one of the world's largest natural bridges. It stands 290 feet (88 m) tall and spans 275 feet (84 m) wide; the top of the bridge is 42 feet (13 m) thick and 33 feet (10 m) wide. It was made from sandstone formed during the Triassic and the Jurassic periods.[92]
Río Grande del NorteRio Grande Gorge pano.jpgBLMNew Mexico
36°40′00″N 105°42′00″W / 36.66667°N 105.7°W / 36.66667; -105.7 (Rio Grande del Norte)
March 25, 2013This site includes part of the Rio Grande Gorge and extinct volcanoes of the Taos Plateau volcanic field. There are a variety of archaeological and historical artifacts including petroglyphs and Hispanic settlement sites. It is home to an assortment of wildlife and recreation opportunities.[30]
Rose Atoll MarineNwrroseatollside320.gifFWSAmerican Samoa
14°33′S 168°32′W / 14.55°S 168.54°W / -14.55; -168.54 (Rose Atoll Marine)
January 6, 2009This marine monument consists of the two small islands of Rose Atoll, a lagoon, and a coral reef east of American Samoa. It is the southernmost point in the U.S..[72][93]
Russell CaveRussell Cave.JPGNPSAlabama
34°58′N 85°48′W / 34.97°N 85.80°W / 34.97; -85.80 (Russell Cave)
May 11, 1961Donated by the National Geographic Society, the cave's exceptionally large main entrance was used as a shelter by prehistoric Indians from the earliest known human settlement in the southeastern United States. The rock from which Russell Cave was formed over 300 million years ago at the bottom of an inland sea that covered the region.[94]
Salinas Pueblo MissionsSalinas Pueblo Missions National Monument ruins.jpgNPSNew Mexico
34°16′N 106°04′W / 34.26°N 106.06°W / 34.26; -106.06 (Salinas Pueblo Missions)
November 1, 1909Formerly known as Gran Quivira National Monument, it is where Native American trade communities of Tiwa- and Tompiro-speaking Puebloans lived when Spanish Franciscan missionaries made contact in the 17th century. What remains are the ruins of four mission churches, at Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira, and the partially excavated pueblo of Las Humanas.[95]
San Gabriel MountainsThroop Peak Mount Hawkins 033.jpgUSFSCalifornia
34°13′N 118°04′W / 34.22°N 118.06°W / 34.22; -118.06 (San Gabriel Mountains)
October 10, 2014Covering 346,177 acres of the San Gabriel mountains in northern Los Angeles County and western San Bernardino County, California, with peaks as high as 10,068 ft (3,069 m), the San Gabriel Mountains provide one of the few open-space recreation opportunities close to residents of Los Angeles County and is also an important watershed for the Los Angeles area.[96]
San Juan IslandsIceberg Point Lopez Island Washington USA.jpegBLMWashingtonMarch 25, 2013The San Juan Islands in Puget Sound have several historic lighthouses as well as rugged landscapes. They are the habitat for orcas, eagles, and seals and provide opportunities for kayaking, birdwatching, and other activities.[30]
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto MountainsSanta Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains 283.jpgBLM, USFSCalifornia
33°48′N 116°42′W / 33.80°N 116.70°W / 33.80; -116.70 (Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains)
October 24, 2000This monument preserves large portions of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto ranges, the northernmost of the Peninsular Ranges. Parts are within San Bernardino National Forest and the California Desert Conservation Area.[97][98]
Scotts BluffSaddlerock Scotts-Bluff NM Nebraska USA.jpgNPSNebraska
41°50′N 103°42′W / 41.83°N 103.70°W / 41.83; -103.70 (Scotts Bluff)
December 12, 1919Scotts Bluff is an important 19th century geologic formation and landmark on the Oregon Trail and Mormon Trail. It contains multiple bluffs on the south side of the North Platte River, but it is named after a prominent bluff called Scotts Bluff which rises more than 830 feet (250 m) above the plains at its highest point. The monument is composed of five rock formations named Crown Rock, Dome Rock, Eagle Rock, Saddle Rock, and Sentinel Rock.[99]
Sonoran DesertSon des 52697.jpgBLMArizona
33°00′N 112°28′W / 33.00°N 112.46°W / 33.00; -112.46 (Sonoran Desert)
January 17, 2001This monument protects a small portion of the Sonoran Desert. It is home to several federally-listed endangered species and also has three wilderness areas, many significant archeological and historic sites, and remnants of several important historic trails.[100]
Statue of LibertyStatue of Liberty, NY.jpgNPSNew York, New Jersey
40°41′N 74°02′W / 40.69°N 74.04°W / 40.69; -74.04 (Statue of Liberty)
October 15, 1924This iconic statue, built in 1886 on Liberty Island and 151 feet (46 m) tall, commemorates the centennial of the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence and is a gesture of friendship from France to the U.S. Liberty Enlightening the World is a symbol of welcoming immigrants to the U.S. and is listed as a World Heritage Site. Ellis Island, where 12 million immigrants entering the U.S. passed through, is included in the monument.[101]
Sunset Crater VolcanoSUCR2262.jpgNPSArizona
35°22′N 111°30′W / 35.36°N 111.50°W / 35.36; -111.50 (Sunset Crater Volcano)
May 30, 1930Sunset Crater is the youngest in a string of volcanoes in the San Francisco volcanic field that is related to the nearby San Francisco Peaks. Final volcanic activity in the 13th century painted the upper portion of the cone with bright red and orange rocks, giving the volcano its name.[102]
Timpanogos CaveTimpanogos Cave.gifNPSUtah
40°26′N 111°43′W / 40.44°N 111.71°W / 40.44; -111.71 (Timpanogos Cave)
October 14, 1922The Timpanogos cave system is in the Wasatch Range in the American Fork Canyon. Three main chambers are accessible: Hansen Cave, Middle Cave, and Timpanogos Cave. Many colorful cave features or speleothems can be seen, including helictites, cave bacon, cave columns, flowstone, cave popcorn, and cave drapery.[103]
TontoTonto National Monument Arizona.jpgNPSArizona
33°39′N 111°05′W / 33.65°N 111.09°W / 33.65; -111.09 (Tonto)
October 21, 1907Lying on the northeastern edge of the Sonoran Desert along the Salt River, Tonto preserves two cliff dwellings that were occupied by the Salado culture during the 13th to 15th centuries. The monument is surrounded by Tonto National Forest.[104]
Tule Springs Fossil BedsNPSNevada
36°19′N 115°16′W / 36.32°N 115.27°W / 36.32; -115.27 (Tule Springs Fossil Beds)
December 19, 2014
TuzigootTuzi pueblo01.jpgNPSArizona
34°47′N 112°02′W / 34.79°N 112.04°W / 34.79; -112.04 (Tuzigoot)
July 25, 1939Tuzigoot preserves a two- to three-story pueblo ruin on the summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge in the Verde Valley. It was built by the Sinagua people between 1125 and 1400.[105]
Upper Missouri River BreaksMissouri River breaks.jpgBLMMontana
47°47′N 109°01′W / 47.78°N 109.02°W / 47.78; -109.02 (Upper Missouri River Breaks)
January 17, 2001A series of badland areas characterized by rock outcroppings, steep bluffs and grassy plains along the 149-mile (240 km) Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River in central Montana, The Breaks is home to at least 60 mammal species and hundreds of bird species. Charles Marion Russell often painted here, and Lewis and Clark traveled on this pathway.[106]
Vermilion CliffsSunrise thru cleft, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, USA.jpgBLMArizona
36°49′N 111°44′W / 36.81°N 111.74°W / 36.81; -111.74 (Vermilion Cliffs)
November 9, 2000Steep eroded escarpments consisting primarily of sandstone, siltstone, limestone and shale rise as much as 3,000 feet (910 m) above their base. These sedimentary rocks have been deeply eroded for millions of years, exposing hundreds of layers of richly colored rock strata. The monument protects Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes and Paria Canyon.[107]
Virgin Islands Coral ReefVICR hurricane hole.jpgNPSUS Virgin Islands
18°19′N 64°43′W / 18.31°N 64.72°W / 18.31; -64.72 (Virgin Islands Coral Reef)
January 17, 2001These coral reefs, sandy bottoms, seagrass beds, and mangrove forests are in a 3-mile (4.8 km) belt that surrounds St John, VI.[108]
Walnut CanyonWalnutCanyonNorthWall.jpgNPSArizona
35°10′N 111°31′W / 35.17°N 111.51°W / 35.17; -111.51 (Walnut Canyon)
November 30, 1915Walnut Canyon protects 25 cliff dwelling rooms constructed by the Sinagua people. It lies on the Colorado Plateau and cuts through the Permian Kaibab Limestone, which exposes the Toroweap Formation and Coconino Sandstone.[109]
White SandsDunes as White Sands NM.jpgNPSNew Mexico
32°47′N 106°10′W / 32.78°N 106.17°W / 32.78; -106.17 (White Sands)
July 25, 1933Located in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin valley area, White Sands consists of the southern part of a 275 square miles (710 km2) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals. It is completely within the White Sands Missile Range and is subject to closure when tests are conducted.[110]
World War II Valor in the PacificUSS Arizona.JPGNPS, FWSHawaii, Alaska, CaliforniaDecember 5, 2008Valor in the Pacific encompasses nine sites in three states associated with World War II: The Attack on Pearl Harbor, including the USS Arizona, Utah, and Oklahoma memorials in Hawaii; the Aleutian Islands Campaign on Attu Island, Kiska Island, and Atka Island in Alaska; and the Japanese American internment at Tule Lake War Relocation Center in California.[111][112]
WupatkiWukoki Ruins.jpegNPSArizona
35°34′N 111°23′W / 35.56°N 111.38°W / 35.56; -111.38 (Wupatki)
December 9, 1924Many settlement sites built by the Sinagua, Cohonina, and Kayenta Anasazi are scattered throughout the monument. About 2000 Ancient Pueblo People moved here to farm after an 11th century eruption of Sunset Crater.[113]
Yucca HouseYucca-House-NM.jpgNPSColorado
37°15′N 108°41′W / 37.25°N 108.69°W / 37.25; -108.69 (Yucca House)
December 19, 1919Designated a research national monument, it is a large, unexcavated Ancestral Puebloan archeological site. The site is one of many Anasazi (Ancestral Pueblo) village sites located in the Montezuma Valley occupied between AD 900 and 1300.[114]

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