What is a national monument?
National monuments are designated to afford protection, conservation, and restoration to landscapes of tremendous beauty, diversity, and historic or scientific interest.
Why do national monuments exist?
The Antiquities Act of 1906 granted the President authority to designate national monuments in order to protect “objects of historic or scientific interest.” While most national monuments are established by the President, Congress has also occasionally established national monuments to protect natural or historic features. Since 1906, the President and Congress have created more than 100 national monuments. National monuments are currently managed by agencies including the BLM, National Park Service, Forest Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service.
What national monuments are in Colorado?
There is one national monument in Colorado that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. For more information, please click the link below. For a list of other national monuments, click here. The remnants of Ancestral Puebloan homes are scattered across the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. This legacy provides a link to the past. Impacts from human visitation pose the biggest threat to cultural and natural resources of the Canyons of the Ancients. To preserve this historic legacy for future generations, please Leave No Trace.
BLM Colorado State Office | (303) 239-3600 | 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215
National Landscape Conservation System Program Lead | (303) 239-3752