The National Park System includes over 400 units, including national parks, battlefields, seashores, and historic sites.
These sites are smaller than national parks with much less diversity but still retain historically and culturally significant locations.
Congress and the President have the authority to establish national monuments. The NPS doesn’t always manage them.
It gives the President the authority to create national monuments from federal lands. That protects significant natural, cultural, or scientific features.
In October 2022, President Biden signed a proclamation establishing the Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument.