10 Southwestern National Monuments You Need to Visit

National monuments are a sight worth seeing, and there are ten in the Southwest United States that are particularly monumental. 

So whether you plan a road trip around the monuments or make an unplanned stop, consider stopping for these. 

Keep reading to learn more about national monuments. And we reveal which ones you need to see in the southwest, along with the best trail to hike when you arrive.

The national monument is a geological wonder with monoliths, canyons, natural bridges, and sandstone arches.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah


You can drive through the monument or hike. It’s in the Sonoran Desert, which is home to 31 species of cactus.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona


You can see 1,500 dinosaur fossils exposed on the cliff face inside the Quarry Exhibit Hall when you visit. 

Dinosaur National Monument, Utah


The national monument is a beautiful spot for hiking and viewing wildflowers and wildlife. 

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico


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