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Defending Our National Monuments

Right now, millions of acres of public lands protected as National Monuments are under attack. We have until July 10 to share our voices.

 

Defend our National Monuments

Until July 10, the Department of the Interior is reviewing millions of acres of public land to determine whether to remove their protections. This review threatens 27 landscapes protected as National Monuments, but it also threatens our rights to ownership, access, and a public process on America's public lands.

Behind this review is a more extreme threat to our public lands and to the Antiquities Act, which is one of the most central pieces of conservation legislation that we have as Americans. It has been used by Presidents of both parties to protect landscapes that represent our shared history and our shared future, including monuments designated to honor the civil rights movement, women, LGBTQ rights, and Native American tribes. The Antiquities Act has also protected landscapes with incredible recreation. National Parks like the Grand Canyon and Zion were originally National Monuments.

Send a comment to the Department of the Interior today about National Monuments, or use any of the links below to submit comments about monuments in your state.

 
 

Speak out for all National Monuments

Interior has a public comment period that began May 12 and runs through July 10. During this time, it will be extremely important for people who love the outdoors to speak up in defense of public lands.

 

Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument

In Utah, Grand-Staircase Escalante is one of the most rugged and remote regions to explore in the West - it was the last place in the continental U.S. to be mapped! Along with Native American cultural resources like rock art and campsites, there there's popular hiking in Coyote Gulch and Lower Calf Creek Canyon, canyoneering in Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Gulch, and packrafting in the Escalante.

 

California's National Monuments

In California, six National Monuments are under review: San Gabriel Mountains, Berryessa Snow Mountain, Giant Sequoia, Sand to Snow, Carrizo Plain, and Mojave Trails National Monuments.

California's monuments are home to incredible climbing in the Needles and the San Gabriels to mountain biking in Berryessa Snow Mountain to biking, skiing, and paddling in Giant Sequoia National Monument.

 

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is located in the North Maine Woods. One of our newest National Monuments, it was established by proclamation by President Obama in August 2016 following the donation and endowment of more than 87,000 acres adjacent to Mount Katahdin.

 

Arizona's National Monuments

In Arizona, four National Monuments are under review: Grand-Canyon Parashant, Ironwood Forest, Sonoran Desert, and Vermilion Cliffs.

These monuments are home to backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, camping, and exploration. Vermilion Cliffs is home tothe Paria River and spectacular geology west of the Colorado River at Lee's Ferry including Buckskin Gulch, the longest slot canyon in the southwest.

 

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southwestern Oregon and northern California is home to iconic recreation opportunities like hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail, Grizzly Peak, Pilot Rock, and Hobart Bluff, and offers multi-day adventures through the Soda Mountain wilderness, climbing up Pilot Rock, and kayaking in Jenny Creek.

 

Organ Mountains National Monument

In New Mexico, the Organ Mountains are truly wild. Known for their adventurous and remote climbing, they are home to peaks like the Citadel, the Dona Ana mountains, bouldering in Pena Blanca, and the Rough and Ready Hills. The jagged spires and crags of Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument are celebrated beyond the incredible climbing.

 

Craters of the Moon National Monument

In Idaho, Craters of the Moon National Monument was first established in 1924 by President Calvin Coolidge and was expanded by President Clinton in 2000. The monument encompasses a volcanic landscape more likely to be found in Hawaii than in central Idaho, where visitors can explore lava tubes, hike, and trail run in the summer and cross-country ski in the winter.

 

Upper missouri river breaks National Monument

In Montana, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is a beloved destination for multi-day off-the-grid canoe trips suitable even for young children and beginners.  The badlands, broken cliffs, and rugged landscapes of the Upper Missouri River Breaks provide endless opportunity for adventure and exploration.

 

Hanford Reach National Monument

In Washington, Hanford Reach National Monument is is a popular destination for paddlesports enthusiasts and fishermen. It's home to the 35 mile reach from Priest Rapids Dam to Ringold Springs, which is the longest wild and free-flowing section of the Columbia River that remains in the United States.

 

Colorado's National Monuments

In Colorado, the Department of the Interior is reviewing Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

Colorado's public lands are home to some of the most spectacular outdoor adventures in the west, including incredible National Monuments like Browns Canyon.