National Monuments

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Designated by President Woodrow Wilson as a national monument in 1916 and rising 8,182 feet above sea level, the imposing green mountainsides of Capulin Volcano stand as a reminder of the violent volcanic processes that shaped New Mexico tens of…

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Visiting Devils Postpile National Monument

Visiting Devils Postpile National Monument

Once a part of Yosemite National Park, Devils Postpile National Monument contains one of the most unusual rock formations in the country. A mix of vertical and horizontally warped hexagonal columns stand exposed along a ribbed cliffside. The columns—a product…

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Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Your palms sweat as you scoot across a narrow ledge carved into the side of a sheer cliff. Clenching a wooden railing, you look up and see there’s yet another ladder made of timber to climb. Normally you wouldn’t be…

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

An assemblage of orange and white canyons, spires, and columns, contrasted with heavily forested ridgelines form a natural amphitheater that spans nearly three miles wide and ascends depths of more than two thousand feet at Cedar Breaks, near the west…

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Magnificent red rock cliffs overlook wide canyons where rivers of trees run along the ground in beautiful green clusters, and mysterious ruins stand tucked into alcoves at the base of rock faces. Two excellent scenic drives take you along the…

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Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument in New Mexico

Heavy ash clouds nearly black out the midday sky over northern New Mexico. Rocks, mostly composed of pumice and tuff, drop from the sky as small particles of ash slowly settle on top. It’s nearly seven million years ago, and…

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Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Once visited by Apollo astronauts for training purposes, Craters of the Moon National Monument is a large area in central Idaho encompassing over 1,100 square miles of lava fields and grasslands. The park is known for its toothed landscape consisting…

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The Painted Hills at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

The Painted Hills at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

The Painted Hills at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument are one of the few places on earth where even the brightest colors of a rainbow are in perfect harmony with the vibrant hues and tones of the landscapes over…

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Visiting Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Visiting Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Standing nearly as tall as the Statue of Liberty, Rainbow Bridge is generally thought to be the largest land bridge in the world. Photographs simply can’t showcase just how big this natural bridge is at over 230 feet high and…

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Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower National Monument

Located in northeast Wyoming, Devils Tower stands 1,267 feet tall and dominates the surrounding landscape. The National Park Service notes that Devils Tower got its name when Colonel Dodge’s translator misinterpreted the name to mean “Bad God’s Tower,” which was…

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