Mastodon Mastodon

National Conservation Lands quest

The National Conservation Lands are comprised of the specially protected public lands managed by the BLM. While the system in total includes a wide range of designations—most notably more than 750 wilderness and wilderness study areas—my quest focuses in on the national monuments and national conservation areas contained within the system. There are also 7 additional areas I’m including solely as bonus items.

Note: this quest has been incorporated into the larger Treasured Places quest.

Quest Status: Completed!

I completed this quest in August 2019 with my visit to Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.


The list, organized by state


  • Steese National Conservation Area


  • Agua Fria National Monument
  • Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area
  • Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
  • Ironwood Forest National Monument
  • Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
  • San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
  • Sonoran Desert National Monument
  • Vermilion Cliffs National Monument


  • Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
  • California Coastal National Monument
  • Carrizo Plain National Monument
  • Fort Ord National Monument
  • King Range National Conservation Area
  • Mojave Trails National Monument
  • Sand To Snow National Monument
  • Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument


  • Browns Canyon National Monument
  • Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
  • Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
  • Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area
  • McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area


  • Craters of the Moon National Monument
  • Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area


  • Pompeys Pillar National Monument
  • Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument


  • Basin and Range National Monument
  • Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area
  • Gold Butte National Monument
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

New Mexico

  • El Malpais National Conservation Area
  • Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area
  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
  • Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
  • Prehistoric Trackways National Monument
  • Rio Grande del Norte National Monument


  • Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument


  • Bears Ears National Monument
  • Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • John Wesley Powell National Conservation Area
  • Jurassic National Monument
  • Red Cliffs National Conservation Area


  • San Juan Islands National Monument

Other designations – extra credit

These areas aren’t included in the current quest, but I’ll likely try to mark them off anyway if/when I’m in the region. I still need to visit the places in bold.

  • California Desert Conservation Lands
  • Devil’s Garden Outstanding Natural Area
  • Headwaters Forest Reserve
  • Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area
  • Piedras Blancas Light Station Outstanding Natural Area
  • Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area
  • Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area