Agua Fria National Monument entrance sign

National Monuments quest

National Monuments are protected areas managed by the federal government. They can be designated by the President under the authority of the Antiquities Act, or they can be established by Congress. National Monument status has helped protect hundreds of our nation’s most treasured places, many of which were later renamed as National Parks.

I want to visit them all.

Current status: 10 left

My current status is 114 of the 124 national monuments in this quest, which leaves just 10 left to visit. The listing below is divided out by managing agency; the items in red are the ones I have remaining.

What is included—and what isn’t

There are 129 National Monuments in the US. I’m focusing on just the land-based national monuments, which means that the five national monuments—Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine, Marianas Trench Marine, Rose Atoll Marine, Pacific Remote Islands Marine and Papahānaumokuākea Marine—co-managed by NOAA & FWS to protect fisheries and other other ocean-based resources aren’t included in my quest. As a result, only 124 land-based national monuments are part of my quest.


BLM National Monuments (4)

Each of the national monuments managed by the BLM is a major unit of the National Conservation Lands system—which is another quest of mine.

  1. Agua Fria
  2. Basin and Range
  3. California Coastal
  4. Canyons of the Ancients
  5. Carrizo Plain
  6. Cascade–Siskiyou
  7. Fort Ord
  8. Gold Butte
  9. Grand Staircase-Escalante
  10. Ironwood Forest
  11. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks
  12. Mojave Trails
  13. Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks
  14. Pompeys Pillar
  15. Prehistoric Trackways
  16. Río Grande del Norte
  17. San Juan Islands
  18. Sonoran Desert
  19. Upper Missouri River Breaks
  20. Vermilion Cliffs

US Forest Service National Monuments (2)

  1. Admiralty Island
  2. Chimney Rock
  3. Giant Sequoia
  4. Misty Fjords
  5. Mount St. Helens
  6. Newberry
  7. San Gabriel Mountains

National Park Service National Monuments (1)

All of these are included in my National Parks quest, as each is considered a separate National Park unit.

  1. African Burial Ground
  2. Agate Fossil Beds
  3. Alibates Flint Quarries
  4. Aniakchak
  5. Aztec Ruins
  6. Bandelier
  7. Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality
  8. Birmingham Civil Rights
  9. Booker T. Washington
  10. Buck Island Reef
  11. Cabrillo
  12. Canyon de Chelly
  13. Cape Krusenstern
  14. Capulin Volcano
  15. Casa Grande Ruins
  16. Castillo de San Marcos
  17. Castle Clinton
  18. Castle Mountains
  19. Cedar Breaks
  20. César E. Chávez
  21. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers
  22. Chiricahua
  23. Colorado
  24. Devils Postpile
  25. Devils Tower
  26. Dinosaur
  27. Effigy Mounds
  28. El Malpais
  29. El Morro
  30. Florissant Fossil Beds
  31. Fort Frederica
  32. Fort Matanzas
  33. Fort McHenry
  34. Fort Monroe
  35. Fort Pulaski
  36. Fort Stanwix
  37. Fort Sumter
  38. Fort Union
  39. Fossil Butte
  40. Freedom Riders
  41. George Washington Birthplace
  42. George Washington Carver
  43. Gila Cliff Dwellings
  44. Governors Island
  45. Grand Portage
  46. Hagerman Fossil Beds
  47. Hohokam Pima
  48. Homestead
  49. Honouliuli
  50. Hovenweep
  51. Jewel Cave
  52. John Day Fossil Beds
  53. Katahdin Woods and Waters
  54. Lava Beds
  55. Little Bighorn Battlefield
  56. Montezuma Castle
  57. Muir Woods
  58. Natural Bridges
  59. Navajo
  60. Ocmulgee
  61. Oregon Caves
  62. Organ Pipe Cactus
  63. Petroglyph
  64. Pipe Spring
  65. Pipestone
  66. Pullman
  67. Rainbow Bridge
  68. Reconstruction Era
  69. Russell Cave
  70. Salinas Pueblo Missions
  71. Scotts Bluff
  72. Statue of Liberty
  73. Stonewall
  74. Sunset Crater Volcano
  75. Timpanogos Cave
  76. Tonto
  77. Tule Springs Fossil Beds
  78. Tuzigoot
  79. Virgin Islands Coral Reef
  80. Waco Mammoth
  81. Walnut Canyon
  82. White Sands
  83. Wupatki
  84. Yucca House

Co-managed National Monuments (1)

Sometimes, national monument boundaries end up overlapping agency boundaries. In these cases, they’re co-managed by the federal agencies whose land is included within the national monument boundaries.

  1. Bears Ears (BLM/USFS)
  2. Berryessa Snow Mountain (BLM/USFS)
  3. Browns Canyon (BLM/USFS)
  4. Craters of the Moon (NPS/BLM)
  5. Grand Canyon-Parashant (BLM/NPS)
  6. Hanford Reach (FWS/DOE)
  7. Poverty Point (NPS/State of Louisiana)
  8. Sand to Snow (BLM/USFS)
  9. Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains (BLM/USFS)
  10. World War II Valor in the Pacific (NPS/FWS)

Other National Monuments (2)

These three national monuments are managed by three different federal agencies, so I’ve lumped them together.

  1. Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad (FWS)
  2. Military Working Dog Teams (DOD)
  3. President Lincoln and Soldiers’ Home (Armed Forces Retirement Home)