Guide to Western National Monuments

Guide to Western National Monuments

Mike Endres


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• The top attractions in 76 National Monuments in 11 states (AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY)
• Includes 17 national monuments currently under administration review
• Features spectacular color photos, maps, trailhead directions, and details about each monument

The Guide to Western National Monuments showcases 76 of the nation’s 122 public lands protected by a Presidential decree. These are the best places to visit if you want to hike and camp in spectacular scenery with relatively few people (compared to National Parks). Many of the Monuments contain ancient ruins, pictographs, and petroglyphs that are still in good condition.

The Antiquities Act of 1906 gave the President authority to establish National Monuments as an expedient method for protecting natural and historically significant areas in the United States. Theodore Roosevelt designated the first Monument, Devils Tower, and established the long-standing tradition. Many previously-designated Monuments have changed to National Parks or another federal status, while others have been transferred to state control. Nearly half of our current National Parks began as a National Monument.

Currently, 23 of the National Monuments--including Bears Ears, Golden Butte, and Giant Sequoia--are under review and may be stripped of their protected status. This guide will help readers understand what may be lost to development.


Mike Endres:
Mike Endres has traveled a good part of the world in search of adventure and photography. For this book Mike visited and explored each of the monuments at least once, striving for an understanding of the significance of each as well as attaining the best photographic representation of these protected areas. Mike lives in Colorado Springs.