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About National Monuments

Among the more than 300 park units administered by the National Park Service, a large number have been designated as National Monuments. While they are areas of scenic beauty, wilderness and/or historical significance deserving preservation, they are considered lower in significance than the Parks. Over the years a large number of National Monuments have been "elevated" to park status.

What to See in the National Monuments

Harper's Corner Scenic Drive

The Green River passes through the east end of the Uinta Mountains through a deep cliff-lined gorge. In 1938, Dinosaur National Monument was enlarged to include this scenic area. Harper's Corner Scenic Drive accesses stunning overlooks of the river and gorge from atop the cliffs.

Vermilion Cliffs

The Vermilion Cliffs are a colorful wall of pink stone overlooking U.S. Highway 89A in Arizona. The 1,400-foot high cliffs, along with the Paria Plateau above them, became a monument in 2000. Follow a mining road up into the cliffs or explore the Paria Plateau above.