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  • Basin and Range, Nevada

    Basin and Range, Nevada
    In 2017, President Trump ordered the review of 27 national monuments, mostly in western states, by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.</br></br>The White River Narrows Archeological District in The Basin and Range National Monument, contains a large concentration of prehistoric rock art, including panels over 4,000 years old. The 704,000 acres include Garden Valley and Coal Valley; the Worthington Mountains, Golden Gate Range, Seaman Mountains, and Mount Irish Range; the Hiko Narrows and White River Narrows; and the Shooting Gallery rock art site.
    Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management
  • Bears Ears, Utah

    Bears Ears, Utah
    The 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah contains thousands of archeological sites, including the Cedar Mesa House on Fire (pictured). Ancient cliff dwellings, abundant rock art, ceremonial kivas and countless artifacts are found in one of the most significant cultural landscapes of the United States. From deep sandstone canyons to high desert mesas, the lands are considered sacred to many Native American tribes.
    Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management
  • Berryessa Snow Mountain, Northern California

    Berryessa Snow Mountain, Northern California
    A wonderland of biodiversity, Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in northern California boasts scenic landscapes of rolling, oak-studded hills, steep creek canyons, white-water rivers and incredible stargazing. The 330,780-acre monument extends from sea level around Lake Berryessa up 7,000 feet of Snow Mountain and contains soda and hot springs, mercury deposits, and marine fossil-bearing sediments. Endangered and threatened species live here; including the northern spotted owl and rare plants.
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  • Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado

    Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado
    Archaeological sites abound across Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado. Pueblos from around 1200 A.D., dot the landscape of the Four Corners area. With over 6,000 Puebloan cliff dwellings recorded, it is believed there are large numbers yet to be found.
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  • Carrizo Plain, California

    Carrizo Plain, California
    Traversed by the San Andreas Fault, a diverse community of wildlife and plant species make the Carrizo Plain National Monument in California home. The area contains Soda Lake, a normally dry lake bed with the largest remaining natural alkali wetland in southern California, and the only closed basin within coastal mountains. Rimmed by mountains, the vast open grasslands erupt in a rainbow of wildflowers when conditions are right, drawing tourists to witness the desert "super bloom."
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  • Cascade-Siskiyou, Oregon

    Cascade-Siskiyou, Oregon
    Located at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountain ranges, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Oregon is recognized by scientists for its outstanding ecological value. Three geologically distinct mountain ranges converge in an area with remarkable biodiversity where plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth thrive. The monument was designated by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and expanded by President Barack Obama shortly before leaving office in January of 2017.
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  • Craters of the Moon, Idaho

    Craters of the Moon, Idaho
    A vast area of lava, cinder cones and sagebrush, Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, was formed by eight major eruptive periods. Often described as resembling the surface of the moon, the second group of astronauts to walk on the moon visited the area in 1969 to study the volcanic geology and prepare for the harsh environment before their trip to space.
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  • Giant Sequoia, California

    Giant Sequoia, California
    Designated by President Bill Clinton in April of 2000, the Giant Sequoia National Monument encompasses over 328,000 acres and contains one of the world's largest trees, as well as an area of Sequoia trees known as the "Trail of a Hundred Giants" (pictured). In addition to the ancient trees which grow only in a narrow band of forest along the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the area contains a variety of geologic formations, ecosystems and human history.
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  • Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada

    Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada
    Rugged and remote, Gold Butte National Monument covers nearly 300,000 acres in southeastern Nevada, where chiseled red sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-covered mountains interrupt desolate stretches of the Mojave Desert. The brightly colored sandstone was once used as a canvas for ancient Native American petroglyphs, while the desert provides habitat to a variety of plant and animal life. President Obama designated it as a national monument in 2016.
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  • Grand-Canyon-Parashant, Arizona

    Grand-Canyon-Parashant, Arizona
    The Grand-Canyon-Parashant National Monument is located on the northern edge of the Grand Canyon in northwest Arizona. There are no paved roads into the monument and no visitor services. The 1,048,325-acre monument is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
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  • Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah

    Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah
    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America's public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the monument's size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration.
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  • Hanford Reach, Washington

    Hanford Reach, Washington
    The Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington state is made up of sweeping plains and towering bluffs with a diverse array of wildlife that produce mule deer, coyotes, bald eagles, great blue herons, and white pelicans. Rare plants defy the desert wind and heat to produce large displays of spring wildflowers.
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  • Ironwood Forest, Arizona

    Ironwood Forest, Arizona
    Ironwood Forest National Monument takes its name from one of the longest living trees in the Arizona desert. Keeping company with the ironwood trees are mesquite, paloverde, creosote, and the saguaro. The Silver Bell, Waterman and Sawtooth are rugged mountain ranges, from 1,800 to over 4,200 feet in elevation. The monument is made up of desert valleys filled with diverse wildlife, such as pronghorn and mule deer.
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  • Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine

    Katahdin Woods and Waters, Maine
    A view of Mount Katahdin is seen from Route 159 in Patten, bordering the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Aug. 27, 2016. President Barack Obama designated this area as a national monument on Aug. 24, 2016.
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  • Marianas Trench, Western Pacific Ocean

    Marianas Trench, Western Pacific Ocean
    A hydromedusa jellyfish is seen during an NOAA exploration of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument on April 24, 2016. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Mariana Trench is the deepest place on Earth, deeper than the height of Mount Everest above sea level.
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  • Mojave Trails, California

    Mojave Trails, California
    Mojave Trails National Monument spans 1.6 million acres, more than 350,000 acres of previously congressionally-designated wilderness. The Mojave Trails National Monument is comprised of a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes.
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  • The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, Atlantic Ocean

    The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, Atlantic Ocean
    A Paramuricea coral grows in Nygren Canyon southeast of Cape Cod, Mass. on August 8, 2013. The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument, located off the coast of Cape Cod, covers an area slightly larger than Yellowstone National Park.
    NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program
  • Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, New Mexico

    Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, New Mexico
    The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico was established to protect significant prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources of scientific interest. The Organ Mountains are a steep, angular mountain range with rocky spires that jut majestically above the Chihuahuan Desert floor to an elevation of 9,000 feet. This picturesque area of rocky peaks, narrow canyons, and open woodlands ranges from Chihuahuan Desert habitat to ponderosa pine in the highest elevations.
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  • Pacific Remote Islands, Pacific Ocean

    Pacific Remote Islands, Pacific Ocean
    Palm trees cover Palmyra Island and its associated offshore islets in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The monument contains a collection of islands, reefs and atolls that make up one of the largest marine conservation areas in the world. The islands are largely pristine and can provide insight on the effects of climate change without direct human impact.
    LCDR Eric Johnson, NOAA Corps
  • Papahanaumokuakea, Hawaii

    Papahanaumokuakea, Hawaii
    Two Laysan albatross do a mating dance on Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands on the northern edge of the recently expanded Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, now the world's biggest oceanic preserve, Dec. 13, 2005.
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  • Ri­o Grande del Norte, New Mexico

    Ri­o Grande del Norte, New Mexico
    The Ri­o Grande del Norte National Monument in Taos, New Mexico is made up of wide open plains dotted by volcanic cones, and cut by steep canyons with rivers tucked away in their depths. The Río Grande carves an 800 feet deep gorge through layers of volcanic basalt flows and ash. Among the volcanic cones in the Monument, Ute Mountain is the highest peak, reaching up to 10,093 feet
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  • Rose Atoll, American Samoa

    Rose Atoll, American Samoa
    Damselfish swim through coral in the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument, approximately 130 nautical miles east-southeast of Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa. According to the NOAA, Rose Atoll is the most important seabird colony in the region, hosting roughly 97 percent of the seabird population of American Samoa.
  • San Gabriel Mountains, Southern California

    San Gabriel Mountains, Southern California
    The San Gabriel Mountains National Monument covers 342,177 acres of the Angeles National Forest and 4,002 acres of neighboring San Bernardino National Forest. The area is within 90 minutes of 15 million people in the Los Angeles Basin. The San Gabriel Mountains contain some of the greatest biodiversity in the country including four wilderness areas – Magic Mountain, Pleasant View Ridge, San Gabriel, and Sheep Mountain – and unique geological features such as the San Andreas Fault.
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  • Sand to Snow, Southern California

    Sand to Snow, Southern California
    Home to the region's tallest alpine mountain that rises from the floor of the Sonoran Desert, the Sand to Snow National Monument also protects sacred, archaeological and cultural sites, including an estimated 1,700 Native American petroglyphs. Featuring 30 miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, the area is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and even skiing.
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  • Sonoran Desert, Arizona

    Sonoran Desert, Arizona
    The Sonoran Desert National Monument sits on 486,400 acres of public land southwest of Phoenix, Ariz., and was designated a monument by proclamation in 2001 by President Bill Clinton. The order read in part, "The saguaro is a signature plant of the Sonoran Desert. Individual saguaro plants are indeed magnificent, but a forest of these plants, together with the wide variety of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants that make up the forest community, is an impressive site to behold."
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  • Upper Missouri River Breaks, Montana

    Upper Missouri River Breaks, Montana
    Upper Missouri River Breaks covers 378,000 acres of public land in Montana and features six wilderness study areas and canoeing along an area documented in journals from the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805.
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  • Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona

    Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona
    The 280,000-acre Vermilion Cliffs National Monument contains the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. The area was declared a monument in 2000 by President Clinton.
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