America’s Newest National Monument Has Been Announced

The National Park System includes over 400 units, including national parks, battlefields, seashores, and historic sites.

The largest designation within the system is the national monument: there are 84 sites with that title. That’s until October 2022.

President Biden just signed a proclamation establishing the newest national monument.

These sites are smaller than national parks with much less diversity but still retain historically and culturally significant locations.

What Is a National Monument?

Congress and the President have the authority to establish national monuments. The NPS doesn’t always manage them.

Who Can Designate National Monuments?

It gives the President the authority to create national monuments from federal lands. That protects significant natural, cultural, or scientific features. 

What is the Antiquities Act?

In October 2022, President Biden signed a proclamation establishing the  Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument.

What Is America’s Newest National Monument?

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