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Aztec Ruins

Capulin Mountain

Casa Grande

Chaco Canyon


Craters of the Moon

Devils Tower


El Morro

Fossil Cycad

George Washington Birthplace

Glacier Bay

Gran Quivira



Lewis and Clark Cavern

Montezuma Castle

Muir Woods

Natural Bridges


Petrified Forest


Pipe Spring

Rainbow Bridge

Scotts Bluff

Shoshone Cavern





Yucca House

Glimpses of Our
National Monuments


[Number, 23; total area, 12,431 square miles]

NameLocationArea in
square miles
Distinctive characteristics
Maine coast 16The group of granite mountains upon Mount Desert Island and also bold point on opposite mainland across Frenchmans Bay—Formerly called the Lafayette National Park.
Bryce Canyon
Southwestern Utah 23Box canyon filled with countless array of fantastically eroded pinnacles—Best exhibit of vivid coloring of earth's materials.
Carlsbad Caverns
Southeastern New Mexico 1-1/8Beautifully decorated limestone caverns, believed to be largest yet discovered.
Crater Lake
Southwestern Oregon 249Lake of extraordinary blue in crater of extinct volcano—Skies 1,000 feet high—Interesting lava formations—Fine fishing.
General Grant
Middle eastern California 4Created to preserve the celebrated General Grant Tree, 40.3 feet in diameter—31 miles by trail from Sequoia National Perk.
Northwestern Montana 1,534Rugged mountain region of unsurpassed alpine character—250 glacier-fed lakes of romantic beauty—60 small glaciers—Precipices thousands of feet deep—Almost sensational scenery of marked individuality—Fine trout fishing.
Grand Canyon
North central Arizona 1,009The greatest example of erosion and the most sublime spectacle in the world.
Grand Teton
Northwestern Wyoming 150Includes moat spectacular portion of Teton Mountains, an uplift of unusual grandeur.
Great Smoky Mountains (proposed)
North Carolina and Tennessee248This area is not to be developed ss a national park until at least 427,000 acres have been donated to the United States, as specified in the organic act. Meanwhile the park area of 158,876.50 acres already in Federal owners-hip is being protected by the National Park Service.
Hawaii 245Interesting volcanic areas—Kilauea and Mauna Loa, active volcanoes on the island of Hawaii; Haleakala, a huge extinct volcano on the island of Maui.
Hot Springs
Middle Arkansas 1-1/26 hot springs said to possess healing properties— Many hotels and boarding houses—19 bath houses under Government. supervision. Reserved by Congress in 1812 as the Hot Springs Reservation to prevent exploitation of hot waters.
Lassen Volcanic
Northern California 163Only active volcano im United States proper— Lassen Peak, 10,413 feet—Cinder Cone, 6,913 feet—Hot springs—Mud geysers.
Mesa Verde
Southwestern Colorado 80Most notable and best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in United States, if not in the world.
Mount McKinley
South central Alaska 2,645Highest mountain in North America—Rises higher shove surrounding country than any other mountain in this world.
Mount Rainier
West central Washington 325Largest accessible single peak glacier system; 28 glaciers, some of large size; 48 square miles of glacier, 50 to 500 feet thick—Wonderful subalpine wild-flower fields.
Southern Oklahoma 1Sulphur and other springs possessing medicinal value.
Rocky Mountain
North middle Colorado 401Heart of the Rockies—Snowy range, peaks 11,000 to 14,215 feet altitude—Remarkable records of glacial period.
Middle eastern California 604The Big Tree National Park—Scores of sequoias 20 to 10 feet in diameter, thousands over 10 feet in diameter, General Sherman Tree, 37.1 feet in diameter and 273.5 feet high—Towering mountain ranges—Startling precipices—Mount Whitney and Kern River country.
Sullys Hill
North Dakota 1Small park with woods, streams, and a lake—Is a wild-animal preserve.
Wind Cave
South Dakota 17Cavern having several miles of galleries and numerous chambers containing peculiar formations.
Northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana, and north eastern Idaho3,426More geysers than in all rest of world together—Boiling springs—Mud volcanoes—Petrified forests—Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, remarkable for gorgeous coloring—Large lakes—Many large streams and waterfalls—Vast wilderness, one of the greatest wild bird and animal preserves in the world—Exceptional trout fishing.
Middle eastern California 1,139Valley of world-famed beauty—Lofty cliffs—Romantic vistas—Many waterfalls of extraordinary height—3 groves of Big Trees—High Sierra—Waterwheel Falls—Good trout fishing.
Southwestern Utah 148Magnificient gorge (Zion Canyon), depth from 1,500 to 2,100 feet, with precipitous walls—Of great beauty and scenic interest.


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