Newly Proposed but Not Necessarily Enacted

There are 63 National Parks. Thirty states and 2 territories, American Samoa and the US Virgin Islands, have National Parks. The number of states without a national park is 23. Many entities that aspire to National Park status are now National Monuments. Some will eventually become National Parks, like California’s Pinnacles did. Sixteen new National Monuments have been officially proposed.

New National Monuments, if accepted as National Parks, will mostly be in states that already have National Parks. There are currently 129 National Monuments. My favorite is Arizona’s remote Chiricahua. Four National Monuments have been proposed in California. The states that will have 2 new National Monuments are Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. There will be new ones in Montana, Colorado, and Oregon, which will share Owyhee Desert National Monument with Nevada if it becomes one. Some proposed National Monuments will be expansions of existing National Parks like Canyonlands in Utah and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

It sometimes takes a long time for National Parks to be established, like the Gateway Arch. It officially opened in 1967 but did not become a National Park until 2018. The Lesser Prairie Chicken Preserve was proposed as a National Monument 11 years ago but it has not become such. To become a National Monument, an area must have the backing of a US President, must contain objects of historic or scientific worth, must meet the criteria of the Antiquities Act, and must be places already controlled by the Federal Government.

To become a National Park, an area must be recognized by an Act of Congress. However, US Presidents have the power to proclaim them on lands already under federal jurisdiction, like Ulysses S. Grant did when he created Yellowstone National Park in 1872. My sources for the above information are myself,, and The most recent National Monuments Ruth and I have been to for the first time are Newberry Volcanic near Bend, OR and Pipe Spring in northern Arizona. Both were worthwhile. The last National Park we visited for the first time was the eminently interesting Congaree in South Carolina that is seen up top.


About roads-rus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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