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: 9 left

My current status is 116 of the 125 national monuments in this quest, which leaves just 9 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 130 National Monuments in the US. I’m focusing on just the land-based national monuments, which means that the five marine 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. They’re really not places you “visit.” As a result, only 125 land-based national monuments are part of my quest.

Map

BLM National Monuments (3)

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 (2)

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. Camp Nelson
  13. Canyon de Chelly
  14. Cape Krusenstern
  15. Capulin Volcano
  16. Casa Grande Ruins
  17. Castillo de San Marcos
  18. Castle Clinton
  19. Castle Mountains
  20. Cedar Breaks
  21. César E. Chávez
  22. Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers
  23. Chiricahua
  24. Colorado
  25. Devils Postpile
  26. Devils Tower
  27. Dinosaur
  28. Effigy Mounds
  29. El Malpais
  30. El Morro
  31. Florissant Fossil Beds
  32. Fort Frederica
  33. Fort Matanzas
  34. Fort McHenry
  35. Fort Monroe
  36. Fort Pulaski
  37. Fort Stanwix
  38. Fort Sumter
  39. Fort Union
  40. Fossil Butte
  41. Freedom Riders
  42. George Washington Birthplace
  43. George Washington Carver
  44. Gila Cliff Dwellings
  45. Governors Island
  46. Grand Portage
  47. Hagerman Fossil Beds
  48. Hohokam Pima
  49. Homestead
  50. Honouliuli
  51. Hovenweep
  52. Jewel Cave
  53. John Day Fossil Beds
  54. Katahdin Woods and Waters
  55. Lava Beds
  56. Little Bighorn Battlefield
  57. Montezuma Castle
  58. Muir Woods
  59. Natural Bridges
  60. Navajo
  61. Ocmulgee
  62. Oregon Caves
  63. Organ Pipe Cactus
  64. Petroglyph
  65. Pipe Spring
  66. Pipestone
  67. Pullman
  68. Rainbow Bridge
  69. Reconstruction Era
  70. Russell Cave
  71. Salinas Pueblo Missions
  72. Scotts Bluff
  73. Statue of Liberty
  74. Stonewall
  75. Sunset Crater Volcano
  76. Timpanogos Cave
  77. Tonto
  78. Tule Springs Fossil Beds
  79. Tuzigoot
  80. Virgin Islands Coral Reef
  81. Waco Mammoth
  82. Walnut Canyon
  83. White Sands
  84. Wupatki
  85. Yucca House

Co-managed National Monuments (0)

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)